Sounds Like: A fresh take on Italian film music's quirky, kitschy golden age
For Fans of: Ennio Morricone, Mr. Bungle, John Zorn
Why You Should Pay Attention: As a music student at the New England Conservatory, Simon Hanes found himself wrestling unhappily with the post-World War II avant-garde. But the notes began flowing like wine once he started writing music in the tradition of Ennio Morricone and other Italian composers of Spaghetti Westerns, comedy-romances and giallo scaries of the Sixties and Seventies. Throwing bossa nova, rock, funk, jazz and pop into a studio blender, these composers' anything-goes approach inspired former Guerilla Toss bassist Hanes to form Tredici Bacci ("13 kisses"), a 14-piece horns-and-strings vehicle for sexy, mysterious, mod-à-go-go romps through pop's eccentric European past. Tredici's debut album, Amore per Tutti, finds guest vocalists navigating Hanes's marvelously arranged kitsch-pop fantasias. In person, Tredici's academically trained pool brings the screen to the stage.
They Say: "My worst enemy is an audience that's never seen The Good, the Bad and the Ugly," Hanes says. "But we were playing a Sofar Sounds house show, and I had to figure out how to perform this music for an audience that had no idea what the hell we were referencing. So we played a slow and really moody cover of Thin Lizzy's "The Boys Are Back in Town" – and it actually did the trick!"
Hear for Yourself: Post-punk experimentalist J.G. Thirlwell adds sleaze-rock vocals to the action-packed anxiety of Tredici's "Give Him the Gun."