The Bicycats, a band that's playing with Thousands at Cafe Venus/Mars Bar this Saturday, have moved to Seattle from Rochester, New York to grace the West Coast with silly, nonsensical pop songs that sort of remind me of Jonathan Richman, or perhaps Devendra Banhart, but more irreverent. Think of, like, vaudevillian ukulele with a Jeffrey Lewis sensibility if Jeffrey Lewis played the ukulele instead of the guitar. No, I swear.
Though the word Bicycats is plural, the band is actually the solo project of one Zach Bernstein, who writes incredibly charming songs about having a thousand children. A song that starts with "You are the shiznit, baby." It is called "Shark Family Orchestra." Or songs that include helpful information like, "Hey girls, did you know you can have orgasms too?" I know it sounds ridiculous, but go listen to it (link below) and
I now feel that the Bicycats and the Banyans (another local band I've written about that loves the ukulele) have to get together for a ukulele appreciation night, or something. Go check out the Bicycats on MySpace (where else?), especially if you're one of those crazy freak/anti/insert-inappropriate-prefix-here folk fans. You'll like it.