Franzschubert & the Schuubs cooks up a vast menu of musical flavors; from calypso to country, Motown to metal, hip-hop to mash-up... all wrapped in a sizzling rock taco. Our live sets can last anywhere from a half-hour spotlight up to 3+ hours of non-stop party. Hula hoops, airborne candy, goofy side bets, tricks, games, contests and surprises, and always a dip under the ol’ limbo shtick are all standard at a Franzschubert party.
Co-conspirators Andrew Lipke (a professional musician) and Ian Jarvis (a professional visual artist) meticulously produce each song as a duo. Finished songs are then presented to the live band, The Schuubs: all professionally trained, sonic craftsmen who can frankly, do anything we ask. Seriously, it’s scary sometimes. Precisely why we’re able to explore an endless variety of musical styles and still be able to maintain a consistent and unique sound. Also the reason we have filled sets with so many fun, yet unexpected covers... they just learn them that quickly.
We refer to our sound as Friend Rock and our style as Genre Bending. We’ve been flattered by comparisons to Frank Zappa, Ween, They Might Be Giants and even young Genesis. Musically, we combine any number of diverse musical genre and influence into each song. Spanish Girl is a Latin-infused power pop ballad, while Dance, Planet is an electronic hip-hop space disco. Our songs are simultaneously catchy and eclectic; a virtuosic tongue-in-cheek collection of compositions, both musically and lyrically. We even composed a handful of our own mash-ups, like fan fave, Black Dong Sawyer: a combo of Zepplin’s Black Dog and Tom Sawyer by Rush.
After several years of local/regional success, we decided to spend some quality time with our families. 2009 was our year on hiatus, but it’s 2010 and the time has come to return to stage and studio. Andrew
and Ian have began concepting the 3rd album and will find their way back to the studio by the Spring of 2010. Once an album is completed, a tour will be planned to support it to get the kids back off their asses and dancing. Also forthcoming will be new videos and other bizarre multimedia experiments.