Did you hear the good news? No, not that “thousands of years old gospel” Good News, but the release of the second Garfunkel and Oates album All Over Your Face. The album was released Tuesday on iTunes and CDBaby.com and has dominated the number one spot on the iTunes comedy album chart ever since.
If you keep up with Riki Lindhome and Kate Micucci in the social networking-verse, then you’re likely to already have heard a handful of tracks on this follow up record. Lindhome and Micucci both admit the past two years spent working on this album was a major learning process for them. No doubt this singer/songwriter duo have matured a great deal as is apparent from the well produced, tight arrangements that aside from being just great music to listen to, also complement each song’s comedic timing very well.
I spoke with the ladies on the eve of their album release. We talked about common themes in their music, their wide acceptance by the stand-up community, plans for a third album, and hand jobs.
So what’s going through your mind on the eve of your new album’s release?
K: That’s so funny, earlier today I wished Riki a happy record release eve.
R: I’m just really excited.
Did you get each other a present to celebrate?
R: No, our gift to each other is this interview.
K: We’re already looking forward to putting out a third album in a year from now.
You both feel like after spending the last two years on ‘All Over Your Face’ that you could have another one ready in a year?
K: Oh, for sure. We learned so much during this one.
R: There’s a few songs from our last album that we are re-releasing on this one after we tightened them up and just made them so much better.
We’ve always been a publication that, for the most part, strictly covers stand-up comedy. There are many musical comedy groups out there and yet it seems as though Garfunkel & Oates has not only been given the green light by us, but by the entire stand-up comedy community. Why do you suppose that is?
R: We’ve wondered the same thing. We’ll be sitting in the green room next to our favorite comics and be like, ‘How did we end up here?’
K: It seemed like that all happened very quickly right from the start, too. I think for one, our music is best enjoyed when you’re sitting down. We also want to write songs that aren’t just funny but are something people want to listen to again because it’s just a good song. We really work at making sure we aren’t just writing a goofy song just for the sake of it being funny. They still come from real experiences.
I’m no expert at reviewing music but it seemed as though your last album had a lot of themes dealing with relationships and sexual frustrations.
R: Yeah, this will be more of that.
K: Even our song “Hand Job Bland Job, I Don’t Understand Job” has truth to it.
R: It’s really a song about being frustrated with being a late bloomer.
I suppose I can take your word for it on that.
R: You might not have had the same experience as a boy.
We don’t have to go into detail, but let’s just say I was probably better equipped as a boy to have learned that particular skill set early on. So what’s next after this album? Do you have something planned for after your HBO pilot and after your third album?
K: Uhm, no.
R: Well my New Year Resolution was to have more fun.
K: Yeah. We’ve been just so busy.
R: Not that what we’re doing isn’t fun. Our work just keeps us really busy.
The new album from Garfunkel and Oates All Over Your Face is available on iTunes and CdBaby.com. If you’re in the Los Angeles area, you can see the ladies at the Amoeba Music Store in Hollywood on Feb 5 or at the Robert Zemeckis Center for The Scoop Presents: Garfunkel and Oates. Advance tickets for their Feb. 4 CD release party at UCB-LA have sold out.