Fatigo - circa 2005
la evolución de la música
Many have attempted to describe Phoenix, Arizona’s Fatigo. Of the band: oddball, clever, strange, oddball auteur, absurdist, irrepressible, and, finally, supremely oddball. Of the music: lo-fi, Latin, lounge, pop, folky, jazzy, cumbia, tejano, norteño, mariachi, bossa nova, and not-quite-rock/not-quite-ordinary, to name a few. We admit it; Fatigo is all of those things...and a whole lot more.
The smart-aleck behind the microphone is Mike Montoya. No doubt his amped-up, Madonna-graced nylon string guitar will intrigue you, as will his bi-lingual singing ability. The jovial guy behind the drum kit is Matt Wood, one of the most stylish and solid drummers in the Sonoran Desert. You also might know him from the Nintendo tunes band MiniBosses. Yes, you may hug him after the show. Dan Sitzler and Lindsay Cates round out the band on bass often trading sets. Dan also creates some of the most interesting band flyers this side of the Rio Grande.
But wait, there’s more! On any given night, the trio may become a quartet through the addition of multi-instrumentalist Robin Vining on accordion, melodica, keyboards, and harmonies. At other times, Rebecca Higgins will add her soulful vocals or Aldy Monfur of Tuscon's Tryst will join on trumpet. Jake "Vu" Dang, the shogun master of slick licks, will join as well on lead guitar rounding out the seven piece. Don’t worry, you will not be charged more for the additional entertainment.
Impossible as it may seem, we were have been able to capture this musical insanity for your listening enjoyment. Menso, Fatigo’s second full-length album is an antidote to sophomore slumps everywhere. You can look forward to naked cats, streetwise mice, rats with wings, lovelorn luminaries, and, of course, the four-song saga of the desert-stranded, levitating polar bear and his homicidal scorpion nemesis. Engineered and mixed by Greg Naylor at Sound Tracks Studios, in Mesa, Arizona and mastered by Roger Siebel at SAE Mastering in Phoenix, Arizona, it promises to satisfy musical desires you didn’t even know you had. Or check out Diego the band's third album. This brilliant mini-masterpiece is a continuation in some parts of the epic White Bear saga.
Over the years Fatigo has had many members come and go and some even return from time to time to sit in and provide their talents and camaraderie to the band's mystical musical ethos. Below is a list of all members past and current: