New Wave, Old School, and Cutting - Edge, Quality A Cappella Since 1981
Manhattan Transfer meets Monty Python…Robin Williams meets Bobby McFerrin…J.S. Bach meets Jimi Hendrix: Grammy-nominated vocal acrobats (and certifiable nutjobs), that’s THE BOBS. This original “band without instruments” has been skewering the classics, breaking all the rules and clear-cutting their own unique path in the world of vocal music for over 30 years, playing everywhere from Lincoln Center to Berlin’s Passionkirche. To quote one reviewer, “…the Bobs still shine, breaking new ground each time they tunnel out of the sanitorium. The twin keys to the group’s creative safe deposit box are unflagging dedication to vocal excellence and utter disregard for everything else.”
“Some performers are brilliant comedians, some are genius musicians, and some just make you happy to be alive. THE BOBS are all of that — and then some.” - Paul Provenza
“The Bobs–entering their second quarter-century of unparalleled acapella excellence. Bring it on.” – Harry Shearer
In 1983, The Bobs put out their first self-titled album. This record earned the group a Grammy nomination and pretty much re-wrote all the rules for vocal group music. “Instrumental” arrangements, dissonance, vocal percussion, ringing harmonics and melodic solo voices all linked with quirkily comedic material—these are the trademark sound of The Bobs—a sound and style that has since been emulated by a cappella groups around the planet.
Now, after 30 years of recording and touring, The Bobs finally take an overdue item off their “bucket list”—the “concept album.” Richard Bob, Dan Bob, Angie Bob and Matthew Bob have recorded an album of songs about famous (and not-quite-so famous) historical figures. The album title is “Biographies.” All the songs share a unifying theme—in some way, shape or form each song tells the life story of (or at least an event in the life of) some notables throughout history—also some obscure persons who will become notables after everyone hears the songs.
To read or download a pdf of all the lyrics click HERE.