TALES FROM THE BRINK OF INSANITY
Summer of 2001 found Andy and Marc on the road for six weeks. The following are some updates posted on the Reflective message board from various places while on the road. Its all true; all the madness and silliness. It basically picks up about a week after they played at the Om Festival...
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TALES FROM THE BRINK OF INSANITY II
We woke up this morning not hungover, but not quite right. Something about that damn St Ides. We had a late start to our first show which was on 103.3 WPRB. There were some sound problems (cutting and spiking) but it went alright. Sean O'Neals driving was terrifying at best. Most people would have puked...
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TALES FROM THE BRINK OF INSANITY III
I just woke up somewhere in New Mexico. It is really dark. Last I knew it was sunny and bright and we were in Arizona. We met a beautiful Native American woman outside of the grocery store who told us to stay positive. She also bought a cd from us...
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WINTER TOUR 2004
Back from the land of boozy wanderings while bundled in thrift store parkas. Back from the land of thai food, veggie dogs, french toast, and ketchup doritos. Back from the place where sleep never seems to fully happen. Back from the place where adventures seemingly never end. Home from a place where even three weeks never even came close...
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SUMMER 2004
Our brave heroes are preparing to set off on another rock n roll journey. It will be bringing them to far off distant lands where strange people do strange things. The journey will be filled with devilish firewater, late sleepless nights, and maniacal fits of babble from the backseat. This is the story of three people who will be crammed into a Honda Civic for over a month. You will find in here the tired, delirious, drunken, sad, happy, possible but not probable insightful ramblings of our three heroes...
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SAN DIEGO JOURNALS
Did you miss us? Apparently. We have had a bunch of emails lately wondering where we have been and whatnot. Well, I can't tell you exactly what we have been up to. It is definitely some top secret covert shit. We wouldnt want to blow anyones cover. Besides, the job interview people over at Jamba Juice said they could'nt hire all of us. So they are going to choose just one. I bet you it's Andy. Oh well. Iwill just yell "The devil may care!" Anyway, maybe i won't show up for work because San Diego is about 70 degrees right now. I think the guy next to me is looking at me with bedroom eyes....
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[Interviews]


TECHNOPUNKMUSIC INTERVIEW
First, how does one come up with an album called "Their Kiss Was Like An Airplane Landing On The Moon" and a group called Intergalactic Faerie Funk?
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RELIX INTERVIEW
Let's go back a bit, to the beginning of the band. How did it alll start?
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THOUGHTCRIMEZ INTERVIEW
What background does Intergalactic Faerie Funk ceom from? I know Marc Hug is and was a DJ, but when did everboddy start playing together?
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REFLECTIVE MULTIMEDIA INTERVIEW
How would you describe your musical style? Hopw is it unique? What is it like being a musician in Philadelphia?
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TECHNOPUNKMUSIC INTERVIEW
First, how does one come up with an album called "Their Kiss Was Like An Airplane Landing On The Moon" and a group called Intergalactic Faerie Funk?
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[articles]


NOW MAGAZINE

Favourite performance of the weekend goes to Intergalactic Faerie Funk from Philadelphia for their tripped-out live tech-house throwdown Friday night at the Sumkids Stage. Improvising on drum machines, samplers, bass guitar, microphones and effects, they crafted a unique brand of spooky house music that really stood apart from everything else.
-Benjamin Boles - 2003




MIXER MAGAZINE
With a mammoth bonfire spewing sparks atop a nearby hill, a group of white trash burnouts have taken over a forest fronting ampitheatre. Decked out in trucker caps, camouflage muscle-t's and droopy mustaches, they suddenly let loose a load of seriously funky tech-house. Turns out they are not farmers, but Philadlephia's Intergalactic Faerie Funk, a collective of costumed yahoos mixing hi-tech beats with live instruments, samples, and distorted vocals - a "jam band" synthesizing the electronic with the organic so cleanly that the divisions disappear.
-Joshua Ostroff - 2002




PHILADELPHIA CITY PAPER
Faerie Thrust: Floating organic dance grooves from Intergalactic Faerie Funk.

Sometime a DJ isn’t gonna get you off your ass. But when instrumental artists like Electric Skychurch, Skylab 2000 or The New Deal drop their dance floor bliss without a pair of turntables, there’s almost always a crowd flocking for an energy exchange that’s more natural, less mysterious.

For Philly-based freak-show house entourage Intergalactic Faerie Funk, a vibey energy exchange comes naturally.It’s nurtured through the art of improvisation on sequencers, drum machines, live bass, guitar and other random percussion. "We totally feed off each other," asserts IFF’s Marc Hug, "so we can then feed off the crowd, I think, a little more than a DJ can." Hug is also a house DJ and the Canadian den-leader of this bunch who’ve played electronic music gatherings like Om Festival and Burning Man, as well as their own monthly parties at a warehouse in West Philly.

While Hug grooves behind the sequencers, chuggy house beats and odd synthesized key-tones, bass player Jeffro holds the sound together with his wickedly funky, ultra-smooth lines. Meanwhile, Cory supplies atmosphere with acoustic guitar and subtle, titillating effects. Amid layers of slow, four-four drum loops, the trio molds a brand of spacey house that is deep, dense, tribal and utterly funky with a dash of West Coast flavor. Imagine Dubtribe meeting Parliament: a tingly, friendly, psychedelic vibe. It’s an irresistible sound that remains dreamy, yet spooky — "somewhere between beautiful and eerie," says Hug.

You’ll almost always see a supporting cast frolicking around the group playing anything from conga drums, doumbek, flute, sax and turntables. Even Slipping Into Sublimnity’s John Schenk has been known to stop in to twist knobs and create bubbly synthesizer textures.
Before you know it there’s a firebreather, a bellydancer and an entire room united around a single metronomic groove. "We’re trying to get a bit of a circus going on around us," laughs Hug —

Unlike the "constructed" songs on their self-released, self-titled CD, "We’re playing dancefloor music that kind of floats," mumbles Jeffro. "It’s a jam, and there’s a new song that always comes out every time we play live."
by Sean O’Neal




THE TWEED NEWS
That Wasn't Mother Earth They Heard At Dawn

Last weekend, when residents were introduced to the Intergalactic Faerie Funk All Star Ghetto Sound System, many wished this "sound of Om" was closer to the sound of silence. Their peace had been unexpectedly shattered by electronic music from the OM Festival held at Trudeau Park on June 16, 17 and 18.


On the festival website, <www.omfestival.com>, OM is described as "the sound that comes to meet us when the mind is stilled. It is the sound of the universe which gave life to all that surrounds us and binds us to Mother Earth."
One could argue the sound of bullfrogs, which lulls rural residents when they sleep with their window open on midsummer eves, is closer to the sound of creation than Dream Warriors with "kick ass beats." Residents of Tweed don't normally wake to a "Stomping House celebration during the morning sunrise."

No wonder the tape on Reeve Doug Mumford's answering machine was full of complaints on Sunday morning. Clerk Gary Thompson said he could hear the noise clearly at 7:30 a.m. at his home in the village of Tweed. The reason the OM music was so loud was there were four enormous [intergalactic!] sound systems, eight to ten feet high and six to eight feet wide.

"One can hardly hear the rock events at Trudeau Park, as the bands play in a stage area, which is semi-enclosed," said Reeve Mumford. "This is a very unique type of sound, like Chinese torture music." On Friday night everywhere east of Trudeau Park heard it, then on Saturday they seemed to turn the speakers to the northwest.
by Louise Livingstone




CHARLESTON CITY PAPER

Faerie Funk at subMERGEd - $6
Redux Contemporary Art Center
subMERGEd runs from 6pm-midnight

As far as upcoming alterna-Spoleto events go, subMERGEd, happening at Redux Contemporary Art Center, promises a little something for anyone and everyone. Arthur Brouthers, local DJ and promoter extraordinaire, has lined up a performance by an intriguing musical collective known as Intergalactic Faerie Funk, a group of musicians who create soundscapes through the use of samplers, sequencers, and a bit of a kitchen sink mentality.

IFF first got off the ground as the organizers behind a bi-monthly warehouse art-party in their previous homebase, Philadelphia. The party's name, Galactique, spawned IFF's moniker, and word started to spread about the guys dressed in crazy outfits creating their own unique brand of dance music. "We play slightly spooky on the top level and funky deeper on the bottom level", IFF founder Marc Hug says. "We've had people call us the North Philly Kraftwerk and a cross between DubTribe and P-Funk."

IFF have held residencies in Philadelphia, toured the U.S., and headlined festivals in Canada. Along the way they've put out a number of limited edition 7s and two full-length albums, "Happy Ending Massage" and "their kiss was like a paper airplane landing on the moon", a line taken from one of Hug's favorite Tom Robbins novels. Coming to Charleston along with Hug are Dominica Paige, who will be handling some of the electronic instruments, and Tim Stokes-Rees, who will handle live bass *and* sequencers. The way IFF creates their music is an interesting process -- an electronic show derived from organic beginnings. "i was a DJ for going on nine years, and I remember playing records and thinking how much better it would be if I was playing my own music instead of other people's," Hug says. "It was kind of a long process, constantly growing and evolving to wherever it is today, but its way more fulfilling than just playing other people's records."

They have a handy schematic on their website (http://galacticfunk.net) that illustrates they way they record their samples at home, guitar bits or drum parts or any number of instruments and sounds, then transfer the instrumentals onto samplers. During performances, they run the samples through sequencers, feeding off the mood and atmosphere of the crowd in the room.

Their live shows never see them playing the same song twice, since everything is improvised. "Were not playing contemporary or traditional instruments onstage," Hug says, "it's all electronically based. When we play live we're programming the sequences and we use that to starting building something. We just sort of build off those loops and sounds."

Intergalactic Faerie Funk will have a whole room to themselves at the spacious Redux, so party-goers can weave in and out as they choose, perhaps catching Sunn or Matter in the other room, or shakin it while the aforementioned Arther Brouthers is spinnin' it in the DJ room.
by sara miller - may 2004




OM FESTIVAL REVIEW - REFLECTIVE MULTIMEDIA
The Dumkidz stage was especially fabulous. While it was a perfect host to the deep, almost shamanistic tunes of Banco De Gaia, the televisions and projectors also aided in the high energy and sheer comedy of Intergalactic Faerie Funk's set.

Music-wise, the DJ's and performers without a doubt blew up the spot Canadian style, particularly the silly comedians also know as Intergalactic Faerie Funk. These galactic funksters dressed up in their best Amish gear and sparked lots of laughs with their signs which read such redeeming insights such as "Electronic Music Is The Sound Of The Devil Fornicating". Let us not forget the old school bondage footage which aired on the televisions during their set, also compliments of the group. And as always, Firegurl thrilled and enchanted all with her fire licking, swallowing and breathing skills not to mention her provocative bondage get up.

A special round of applause to Marc, Andy, Jess and the substitute bass player (who was excellent) for keeping us dancing, smiling and more importantly for reminding us just what damned sinners we truly are.
Laila Reid



KLUBLIFE - OTTAWA 12" REVIEW

The third Robb Audio release is a deep tech-house 3-tracker from Intergalactic Faerie Funk, whom some know from shows across Canada and the US, including regular appearances at OM Festivals of years past. That’s when Ifirst discovered their funky and enchanting songs, performed live with great abundant energy. This release features one of the songs, which caught my mind more that three years ago! “Theme (Realized),” which still has its original live feel, is built upon the hums of repetitive synths, grouchy bass jabs and jackin 4/4 house beats. Both accompanying tracks have a similar sound, though “amish funk” gets more primal, and "ottawa” adds a few drops of acid.
-Mark DeByrne



ALL MUSIC GUIDE - OTTAWA 12" REVIEW
a label solidly dedicated to showcasing forward thinking dance music, nycbased robb audio is back with the third release in their growing catalog of tight releases. “theme (realized)” kicks things off with a simple drum pattern, lush pads and smooth, old school detroit techno flavored keys. “amish funk” is an absolutely rocking jam, which begins with a minimal bass drum and ambient keys, then slowly builds from there. the tracks grows and morphs into a simply gorgeous detroit flavored tech house mover. the flip side brings us “ottawa”, a bottomless, late night slayer that will utterly obliterate in an early morning set. beautiful stuff.
by the all music guide



RHYTHMIC ONE SHEET - OTTAWA 12"
third installment of robb audio mellows things out a bit w/a solid outing from philly natives and veteran live performers I.F.F. extensive global touring for the last 5 years has built them a nice little dedicated cult following. their latest is an outstanding 3 tracker of heady, moody techno falling somewhere between detroit & berlin. deep, flowing tracks sit perfect in the mix.
by rhythmic nyc



RHYTHMIC ONE SHEET - THE GREEN COUCH E.P.
IFF returns to robbaudio with a solid follow up to their highly regarded first release. this release contains four unique expressions in electronics.
by rhythmic nyc



PRACTICAL HIPPIE
I believe that the deliciously weird Intergalactic Faerie Funk are currently innovating our music of the future.
by Margaret Collins

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i played amish funk at this party on saturday and BLEW the floor up. it was really insane. sounds unbelievable on a nice, loud system. crazy. i hope this does well for you.
-robb


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The sets: Intergalactic faerie funk was the set of the party I feel. I really enjoyed Lee Lee Mishi's set... pure house for the soul.
-jemz

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Hey punk rocker, thanks for bringing your indie-rock & roll-techhouse spirit to Kitchener...
Big love,
Ian
PS: Did you punks nick my Chivas? It went away, I laughed. Punks.

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I received your CD yesterday and listened to it right away and what can I say but: FANTASTIC!!! It's not often I listen to CD and like EVERY track, and yours is one of them! I also liked the inclusion of the couple of stickers - a nice little bonus! Be sure to let me know when you come and play in Australia. - I will come to see you play for sure.
Thanks again,
Dave

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i wanted to tell you bout my beach experience today...it was all pretty and sunny with peeps playing all around me.  i had my headphones on and was listening to my latest iff cd. DAMN! you dudes make music that works unbelievably well with laying about topless with your toes in the Mediterranean. thought you should know.  it left me wanting more live iff real soon...its so much nicer when i get to squeeze you three cuties after you play.
al xo

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You Faeries rocked the shit out of me at OM!  I thought you were miles ahead of any other performance there.  Honestly, I thought a lot of the music was shite - but you dudes kicked my ass.  I want your music on vinyl, or CD so I can play it out.  I'm listening to "in dreamtime" right now... what was I saying?  Yeah, lovin' it.  Sadly, I missed the post OM event at Tequilla lounge, and a chance at a limited 7" pressing.  I must have it.

I want you dudes to play our Peace Retreat next year... but we'll talk about that when the time is right (I need to let this one play itself out, and focus on funding for next year, later). Are you still in the neighborhood?  Most likely you're back in the land of so-called "faulty- intelligence," or as I like to call it, unintelligence.  That George Bush has to go... to jail. Lets send Rumsfeld and the rest of those criminals on a round-trip flight to the sun, and if they don't return... burn on them.

I'd like to have you dudes work on a remix of my material, when it's complete... and maybe I'll have a chance to do the same.
Kudos,
Marc de Breyne

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Sunday morning deep house in the morning sun was so nice as well as Intergalactic Fairy Funk (was that their name?). Wicked Live PA. And it was nice to see them come down afterwards for some house in the hot sun.
-MoFo

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As for Intergalactic faerie funk (IFF), I met brothers, school chums, DJ partners, and road mates of these fellas and all of them said the most wicked shit about each of them. Their friends were so excited to be seeing them and made sure everyone knew it... how can you not celebrate a band when their family is dancing in the front row while recording the whole mutherfucker on film?
-jemz

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intergalactic Faerie Funk lived up to my high expectations carried forward from last year's set.
-bootsy bits

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I was at Intergalactic Faerie Funk instead...they didn't dissapoint!!! they were highly recommended and it showed!!
-destro

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Dancing for 7 hrs non-stop at sumkidz Sunday morning. Intergallactic Fairie Funk blew my mind (and everyone else's too), and my definitive OM moment occured in the sunlight that morning as I looked around at all the smiling faces, and pure, positive energy that saturated that dancefloor.
-ezie b

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Some of the best parts of the weekend were: as many of you have already mentioned, Intergalactic Fairy Funk RUUUULED!!!! They were amazing and rocked my whole night on saturday- i boogied with them til dawn then continued partyin it up throughout the morning.
-housewymn (tribe)

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this weekly gig at fressen is one of my favs, and having intergalactic faerie funk playing there will be the highlight of wandering pepper thursdays fo sheez!
-that420guy (tribe)

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I bought the IFFunk Cd and dam it's just as good as they were in concert...great beats and sounds. (currently listening)
-lostinthehole (tribe)

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Intergalactic Faerie Funk playing at sunrise!!! I'm actually glad that their set was pushed back because they got to play at one of the most magical moments all weekend. It was sooooo good.
-eon rae

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sumkidz stage - cracked past 5am, saw these dudes in dress t-shirts and ties - listened and heard and felt the soundz they made from their LIVE pa and it was exceptional music. I haven't heard a cross-mixin' of house tech tribal trance and rolling beats in a long time.... awesome...next time: play the encore....the crowd wanted MORE!
-souldriven

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Thanks for all of your shows in Ontario this summer, wicked stuff!
peace,
-Margaret

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Just wanted to drop you guys a quick line to thank you for your awesome set in Oshawa. People were still talking about you guys last night and there were a bunch of people who missed you who will surely come out next time. Hopefully you'll be swinging around next summer (or sooner) and we can work together again. Sorry that I didn't get to say goodbye, but the birthday beer caught up to me.
-Craig McMillan

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hey guys, i wanted to drop you a line to tell you that i spent the day today listening to "happy ending massage" and i really like it. it made me FEEL.  i'm not sure what it was that i was feeling, but it was like that feeling that you get right inbetween your stomich and you heart when you are in serious emotional pain or great joy. or when the clicking ends at the top of the first drop of a rollar coaster. thats something that dosen't happen to me very often with music today, and i had to drop a line to tell you how i felt. props to you guys for coming out with some kick ass music, and i can't wait to see you guys live in orange county. let me know if there is anything i can do for you.
lots of love.
g.

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Re: WHO wuz your favorite musical act at OM this year?
Must say it was Intergalactic Faerie Funk once again. They get my Mojo going and I could'nt stop shaking the rump. They get the nod again not only for the fantastic music infused with live elements, but also for their stage presence and energy. It's something a crowd can really feed off. Mullets and Foam backed baseball caps? Instant Classic!
-DJ Matthew

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I loved Intergalactic Faerie Funk and Freeworm from last year. Without a doubt they were the highlight of the weekend for me. Purdy purdy puleeeze bring them back.
-JJ

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Intergalactic faerie funk made me all smiley last year
-mike

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Hi Faeries!!
Saw you again at OM (3rd thyme) and, well, if your egos need any more pumping, let me say you blew me away...again. AND, because I had no cash and you ran out of CDs (too busy choosing moustaches, or so I heard from a reliable source...) I came home empty-handed. Boo hoo. I went on the site, but I don't see if you can/could/will ship to Kanada. Just wondering how I can get to listen to your choons all the time.
Thanx,
Jane

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how ya doing?  i didn't get to see you much at OM, yet I hope you had fun despite the problems with the security  ... sorry about that - damn those ego freeks ...  i just wanted to thank you for another wiked performance - once again we heard non-stop chatter from everyone about IFF ...
the omies love you guys! thank you so much!
-aspa

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this is from an email i just got. see people like you. they really like you!
"hey grant, long time no see. you going to burning man again this year? how about those funkmeister friends of yours the intergalactic faerie funk? that was easily the best night of dancing i've had at bm in years."
and he's a seasoned veteran of these desert gatherings from back in the day.
-grant

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Ooooh, track 8!!! predictable that i'd be drawn to that one. good stuff on here guys! i love gamelon-y bell noises. and the squelchy things are making me jump out of my chair. think maybe you could show me around your gear sometime? i'll cook you dinner in return?
-stephanie

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Hey there guys, just saw you guys the other day at the 2001 OM festival.  Excellent set, I have attend all the OM festivals thus far and I believe your set was the best I have heard. As did several other of my friends!
Taun Brown

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Hello to all you!
I just wanted to let ya know that your live set at this year's OM festival was insane!!!  I am a trance-head, but you guys have turned me on to your funky vibe.  Your set was such a great surprise that I ended up sticking around & dancing for your entire gig. 
Congrats & I can't wait for your new album to come out!  8*)
Green_Ears.
P.S.  Ya guys had a lot of us fooled with your fake-beards, ya looked like a bunch of old timers groovin' together.  ; )

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and last but not least on the bill for this evening look forward to a wonderful live set by the intergalactic faerie funk. when these guys play a show they go all out! The last time they were here they played in full on costumes, then went to the streets and wandered aimlessly!!! If any of you know peterborough, you'll know how funny that site would be. We Love These Guys!!!
jeremy boudreau

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I saw Intergalactic Faerie Funk at a festival this summer [2000], and they blew my fuckin mind!!!!! Never have I seen, or heard such a unique, deep, funkin groove.... "I think that robots are OUR future...." Where can I get some of their music?
Cheers :-) SuBuSeR - Guelph, Ontario

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dood. cd's chill. way chill. groovin to it- doing the little sitting-dance-head-bop. lovin it! and so being- i wonder if i could show you how the cd lives up to only half the extraordinary-izm as you guys live. LIVE! [well- probably more than half... and anyone would KILL for the CD!] it doesn't do justice to how awesome faerie funk IS!
-curls

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I saw Intergalactic Fairy Funk at the Om Festival and i didnt know whether to dance or create forcefields! Those guys were wicked! Do you know where i can get some music?
-Neil

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yo what was that wine that you were drinking during your set at killtime? that shit was good!
->phill<-

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Track 9! I think did it all for me!! I've had that "Robots are our future" in my head since Om when I was on a really mellow mushroom buzz mildly drunk and hungover like hell. As for the cd it's very diverse, a little too chill for my mood lately, but the house is sick.
Dylan Troyer

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i love the fact that when i close my eyes and dance, i forget that you guys are playing live. i get this fuzzy feeling when i look up and i see the bass player jammin out over your music.
-sean o'neal