Fear & Desire a hit at Mendelssohn

StoryImage( ‘/Images/Story//Auto-img-117631308927922.jpg’, ‘Photo by Jim Hagerty’, ‘Fear and Desire’s Holland Zander performs under the stage lights at Mendelssohn April 7.‘);

John Bishoff just may have a hit on his hands with Fear and Desire. The concept album featuring vocalists Holland Zander and Jinger Christal may soon find its way out of Rockford and onto the national scene, especially if the band, Fear and Desire, continues to support it live.

Fear and Desire released the self-titled CD Friday, April 7, at the Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center, and proved that Rockford continues to produce top-notch musical talent.

The band played each of the record’s 14 tracks in order, taking the packed room on a theatric musical journey of pain, laughter, fantasy and love.

Zander and Christal interpreted Bishoff’s score, which has been years in the making, with ease, adding the flair and emotion required to tell the project’s story. The two didn’t miss a note. Staying on key is old-hat to the former Snaggs frontwoman (Zander) and X-51 lead singer (Christal).

Behind Zander and Christal were eight other players, including Bishoff and Barrett J. Butterfield, who provided guitar work that was succinct and smooth. The cast also boasted a small string section made of cellists Michael Beert and Nick Gusias, which was tight alongside violinist Rachel Handlin.

Drummer Joel DeLuna and bassist Dave Timmcke provided a rythym back beat that caromed from jazz to blues to rock ’n’ roll. Rockford veteran keyboardist Dave Painter added a soulful ingredient to the intricate, yet straightforward, flow of each piece.

Musically, Fear and Desire may have the average listener scratching his or her head in an attempt to nail down the album’s genre. However, because it ingeniously fuses rock, jazz, world music and R&B, it’s a timeless piece that certainly won’t fade with any trend. The supporting live show adds a theatrical element that will keep this album fresh for many years.

Fear and Desire will play Rockford again when it takes the stage for an acoustic show Sunday, April 22, at the Irish Rose Saloon.

More information about Fear and Desire can be found at www.fearanddesire.net and www.myspace.com/feardesire. The album can be purchased at JR Kortman, Borders and on the band’s Web site.

The show was sponsored by Charlotte’s Web for the Performing Arts, which is celebrating its 35th year of bringing music to Rockford. For upcoming shows sponsored by the organization, visit snapshotmusic.com.

from the April 11-17, 2007, issue

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