So, after over two years (active, that is) of entertaining the local Portland scene with their own brand of worldly/drunken entertainment, The Fenbi International Superstars have finally released their first record. For fans of their extravagant live performances, this is your chance to have the good times right in your ear bud via the group’s self titled EP. For new fans, this where you will soon fall in love with the vibrant sounds of one of the most widely diverse indie rock/punk/world bands you have ever heard.
In 2009, Fenbi was nominated for a Portland Music Award in the World Music Category. This recognition came when they were merely playing their now cult favorites like “The Fenbi Theme Song” or “The Perils Of Drink” throughout the city of Roses, and occasionally heading north towards front man Michael Phillip’s original homeland in the Puget Sound area. Now that the boys have brought their sound to stores and iTunes alike, there is no telling what their future may hold.
The Fenbi International Superstars are a stark contrast to their fellow indie rock brethren. They bring a sense of unity and world recognition that Gogol Bordello can only do out of disturbing haste. This is good time music that can be enjoyed by all who do not have the fear of breaking down social barriers and tearing away from the continuous pretensions that plague the independent music world at times. Fenbi is here to teach us one of the most important facts of life: There is nothing wrong with enjoying yourself every once in a while.
Look for The Fenbi International Superstars EP, now available on iTunes.
Download: “The Perils Of Drink” by The Fenbi International Superstars
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[Digital EP, 2010]
1. The Fenbi Theme Song
2. Two Miles From Home
3. The Perils Of Drink
4. The Pirate Song
5. The Italian Song