Wednesday, January 12, 2005

Wise And Foolish Builders...

There was a brief moment there during the last few years when it seemed the piano was being hailed as the new rock guitar. Aside from the whole Ben Folds Five shmeg we had Spoon and the amazing second album Elysium from The Velvet Teen which was all piano based bombast in the best way. So today I come across a band called IWise & Foolish Builders who seem to ply a territory similar to the bands I just mentioned. Many of the reviews on their site refer to them as being similar to Radiohead. I don't really hear that. I think the lead singer sounds a lot like Jeremy Engick from Sunny Day Realestate and Fire Theft, but maybe that's just me. Considering how much I liked Elysium it's really no surprise that I'm taken with the piano based pop songs of Wise & Foolish Builders. It takes a listen or two to grab you (much like Elysium) but once it does it's easy to get sucked in.

2 songs from Wise & Foolish Builders:

I Recognize Your Fist

Sleight Of Hand


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Actually, if I'd just heard the songs on the radio (especially I Recognize Your Fist), I would have thought it was Rufus Wainwright. The lead singer even slurs his words slightly like Rufus.
Very nice. -- MindyB

9:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dood i know this is a year later, but the singer is my teacher!

if you could please send me a copy of the songs at, i would be really happy. Its pretty cool that teachers are in bands like a lot of their students...

7:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

like the comment above, the lead singer is my teacher. Does anyone know where i can get there album? I have been looking for it for a long time.

8:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just found this record among some old things and, upon listening to it for the first time in seven years, I am taken aback that these guys were never picked up my a major label. Seriously, what great songs. Ben Smith is quite awesome.

7:26 AM  
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