Ramona is a unique band in that it was never planned, but just kind of happened. Band founder Dave Fritz who is a producer, engineer and guitarist was playing guitar in other live acts and recording demos in his house when he made the decision to make up a 5-song EP that he would then give away to his family and friends. After others started to show real interest in it though Fritz decided that it was time to go for it with a full band.
The completed band line up had finished the EP, secured a record deal and filmed a music video before they had even played a single show together. I guess that it shows that when something is meant to happen it will find a way.
�Mornington Crescent Now Open� is Ramona�s debut EP. It was recorded in Toronto, Canada at Savile Row Studio. The band says that they made a conscious effort to, �make a recording that was rough around the edges and organic, a sonic departure from the heavily produced rock albums that dominate the music scene in North America.�
The track, �Another Mouth to Feed,� get the music off to a good start with its steady rocking beats. Track-2, �A Way Over,� is another up tempo guitar filled rock track that also offers up some nice distant sounding backing vocals along with other instrumentation and assorted noises that are also found on it.
�This Heart is Awake� offers up some fast paced pop meets rock beats. �The One,� starts off with a nice big guitar part. �Hanging on the Words,� is the band�s slow song that starts out as a soft ballad and closes as more of a power ballad.
The first several tracks deal with relationship type of issues, mostly when there not working or turning bad.
The last track though, �Kids in Tokyo,� is all about having fun. This fast paced rocker is a salute to Japanese rock show audiences. Dave Fritz has performed in Japan several different times with the last one being when he was in Japan for a seven date tour playing guitar with Junior Achiever.
When asked about the song Fritz said that, �the experience has left a lasting impression on me, so much so that I�ve written a song called �Kids in Tokyo.� It�s dedicated to all the great audiences that came to see us.�
No matter where you live you should be able to find this EP because it will be released in the USA on Pacific Ridge Records in Europe on Engineer Records and in Japan this spring on Fixing a Hole Records.
One closing note- you�ll find several uses of the f-word in the band�s song lyrics. That being said I really enjoyed their music.