It's easy to see why the following of Who's The Fat Guy? is growing. By the looks of the crowd that gathered at the Hyport, the word is spreading fast and furious. Playing on Cape Cod is a challenge in itself; playing on Cape Cod in the winter can be downright suicide. Someone forgot to tell WTFG?. These guys are top notch in their love of just getting out there and winning over the crowd with their originality and devastating musical talent. Fans and newcomers alike were treated to a 2 set 25 song, floor bouncing funkfest that left all with smiles on their faces.
The first set began with, what seemed to be, a more laid back, soulful Fat Guy?. There were the faithful favorites like "Ghetto Pasta" and "Disco Lullaby" and a personal favorite "Inside Out." Throughout the set you could set your watch to the incredibly solid rhythm section of Kurtis Shakemore (bass) and Bradlee Cumberbatch (drums). Cumberbatch particularly seems to be gathering his own following. It is certainly rightfully deserved, but this is a band in every sense of the word. The songwriting skills of Mark Ross (vocals and keys) have you scanning the room to see just how many people are singing along (and these guys don't have a record deal???) That fact of the matter, in the opinion of this humble Cape Codder, is that Ross is on to something. Other songs in the first set included, " Dotted Line," the gritty "Rise and Fall" and closing it out with "It's 2000" (which seems like only yesterday).
After a short "beverage break" the boys were at it again. The second set was filled with more energy starting it off with "Time's a Wastin'." This tune picked it up where the first set left off and seemed to have all engines firing with both band and audience. "Sound" with it's smooth feel and crisp harmonies was followed by the introspective "Child That it Guides." "Humility," which we all should experience, is another great tune. With lyrics like, "there's a picture of you on the window sill and the carpets fading but I love you still. I better sharpen up my skills, it sucks to pay the bills" it's a song that many a "romantic" can relate to.
Who's The Fat Guy? can also throw down on an occasional cover tune. On this particular night they covered "Burn De Spliff" and The Vapors "Turning Japanese". Although I've heard better versions of "Japanese" it seemed to go over big with the newer fans who may not have heard their beloved Fat Guys? cover this particular song.
The night winded down with "Anything She Wants." This song is an incredibly catchy funk instrumental that the band just pees all over (I mean that in a good way). Mark Ross looks as if he's on the brink of a big one when playing this tune. Be sure to request this song at a show and you will see what I mean. Loaded with tight hits and great chord changes it was a real show stopper. The evening of fatness came to a close with everyones favorite "Someone Stole My Bike" (which you can download, along with other songs, from WhosTheFatGuy.com).
Overall, I could not think of a better way to start off the new year -- great music, good beer and good people having a fun time. Be sure to keep an eye out for Who's the Fat Guy?. They are in the final stages of their first full length CD and are destined for great things in 2K2. There is even talk of a CD release party in February somewhere in Boston. Stay tuned and stay FAT!
Pete Donley | Cape Cod