Fred Armisen and Bill Hader’s fake band the Blue Jean Committee has been around since their days on Saturday Night Live, and now they’re starting to make it a kinda real one with the release of their first EP, Catalina Breeze, intended to be a retrospective of the fictional soft rock group’s best material. The band already got a behind-the-scenes documentary on their IFC spoof series Documentary Now!, and a “reunion” performance on Seth Meyers’ late-night show, and now here’s their first-ever track, “Gentle And Soft.” Here’s Armisen explaining the song’s conception to EW:
It came from when we were writing the show. The main idea of the band was that they were gentle and soft, so I listened to SiriusXM’s The Bridge a lot. Everyone is so smooth and gentle, and they play a lot of the band America and Seals and Crofts and bands like that. I wanted that sound, very smooth and purposefully soft sound that also works as rock. To me, that reminds me of California and the early ‘70s. So the best way to do it for us would be to just spell it out and call the song ‘Gentle and Soft.’
There’s a lyric about a ‘Captain Tom’ in the song. I feel like a lot of early ‘70s lyrics, I don’t know why, but it’s very nautical, and there seems to be a lot of dropping of names—of strangers. There are so many names!
I was emailing with one of the members from the band America, Gerry [Beckley]. I asked, How did you get that sound? And it’s because they all, at the time, engineered their music to sound good on AM radio. And they still sound good today on your iPad.
And here’s the very funny press release:
Ahhhhh. The feeling of a fresh cotton towel straight out of the dryer; draping your skin in warm and fluffy hug of fabric. Or maybe the soft touch of puffy kittens entangled in your arms? These simple feelings of pleasure and contentment are often hard to emulate…unless you’re the Blue Jean Committee! The almost-otherworldly quality of the smooth-n silky vocal harmonies of softrock legends Clark Honus and Gene Allen possess an ability to instantly transport and relax your body and mind to a peaceful place.
And with the addition of the angelic voices provided by backup singers, “Gentle and Soft” swaddles your ears with such velvety sounds, you’ll need a cigarette after just one listen! NOTHING should be that soft.
01 “Catalina Breeze”
02 “Freeway Song”
03 “Gentle And Soft”
04 “Going Out To Hollywood”
05 “Mama You’re A Dancer”
06 “Mr. Fix It”
07 “Walking Shoes”