Celebrating his upcoming March 11th release of 'I Wanna Make It With You' Michael Bernard Fitzgerald invited the 10 most fortunate people in Vancouver back to his hotel room at The Fairmont to play songs from his unreleased album.
Andrew Ball was on the hand towel dampened shakers, and harmonies, while local Cellist Franki Lemon was, on the Cello. In between pages of a 'Choose Your Own Adventure' novel, MBF played from a simple mic and guitar setup.
The evening began with a discussion on the always relevant topic of Roll-Up-the-Rim-to-Win etiquette. If you buy a tea for a friend, and he wins a free tea, does said friend keep the tea? Yes, of course. We're Canadian. But if a friend wins $5000? Chaos.
Before getting into his original work, MBF explained his jubilation that he had found his go-to karaoke song (listen here). At first we didn't really understand his concern with karaoke (he's good at singing, right?) then we remembered what it's like to play sports vs. children. Add an audience of mostly strangers to the mix - that's a pretty uncomfortable moment.
MBF played 5 songs from the new album, and 1 of our favourites from his previous album 'YES' (stream below).
We've said it before, and we will again. If you get the chance to see this man play live, GO! Bring your friends! He is a genuine (can't stress that trait enough) artist and songwriter, and he has the voice of two angels. That's right, two.
During our time we also had the pleasure of asking MBF some questions about his upcoming album, and life in general. Here goes.
"'I Wanna Make It With You' took us just over a year to write and record. All in it is an 18 track album with big guitars and driving drums throughout. I've been calling it music to get a speeding ticket to. The title track [below] has been charting on radio which is a first for us."
"It is as much a reference to Queens of the Stone Age as it is to Bread's 1970 smash hit."
"Andrew, a second guitar, water bottle."
Randy hasn't let me look at a menu in ages. We can be found there or at General Public after or before every Vancouver show."
At the moment a sweaty bar stage is what I'm craving. That being said I don't think there's a stage we've refused. I'm glad you were at that St. James Hall show."
"I listen to a little bit of everything. Lately I've been listening to a Vancouverite - Tobias Jesso Jr."
"Kendrick Lamar is up to some good for sure."
"I'm not ready for Kimye - but the bigger the family and community around us the better. Thank you for spending the evening with us in Vancouver. We will see you soon."