Year of the Lords
The Flutter & Wow bust out with an EP and some American traditionalism
Published: November 2, 2011
Asked what movie the Flutter & Wow music would best serve as a soundtrack, Tasha thinks about it for a minute before revealing that there are no TVs in her house, and she has seen three movies in the past five years. "I'm terrible. I get all my movie suggestions from my friends. I just write and play guitar. An odd couple we are, I know."
If that's odd, more couples should be so odd. This band is ostensibly an extension of what appears to be a working marriage between two beautiful people. A revolving door of musicians completes the F&W lineup, depending on the night, which can sometimes includes Takashi Iio from the Bob Mervak Trio on upright bass, the Orbitsons' Larry Labeck on pedal steel, Juilliard-trained Sonia Lee (who has worked with Paul McCartney and Rod Stewart) on violin, and lots of others who, Tasha says, "we are lucky to work with. The goal is to eventually have a more static group. But when you want to work with players of such a high caliber, and artists of high personality quirks, flexibility is a must until you have some really strong financials behind you."
And the band name?
"I'm a huge Elvis Costello fan," she says. "His songwriting is just mind-blowing to me in terms of just being clever. I recently figured out how to do songwriting as a happy person. 'The Flutter and Wow' by Elvis Costello, I'm pretty sure it's the only happy love song he ever wrote. It's a really clever tune. I thought it would be a good way to start off the group, with those kind of high aspirations."
The Flutter & Wow's self-titled EP is out now. They play Dylan's on Nov. 27, 15402 Mack Ave., Grosse Pointe Park; 313-884-6030.
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