Louisville, Kentucky’s State Champion has nailed its third full length Fantasy Error, due out this month on the local Sophomore Lounge stamp. Ryan Davis wears many hats. Balancing the label, booking shows, not to mention heading up the main talent on said label. The band has outdone itself by means of content, quality, and production. Fantasy Error is nothing if not a raucous voyage captained by the band’s lo-fi, indie, folk-punk. All neatly percussed and rode like a rogue wave by slack jawed fiddle fills and Davis’ rag tag, hobo poetry. It’s not Roger Miller-esque phonetic exercises in non-sense but phrases that seem to fit like a jig saw puzzle missing the last 13 pieces. Only every other listen finds you another half a piece — blue collar, fast paced stories that entertain like a book read that can flat out rock and roll. A finished product equally beautiful missing a few pieces as completely assembled.
Recorded at Paul Oldham’s now leveled Rove studio formerly located at his farmhouse in Shelbyville, Kentucky in the early summer of 2014, Fantasy Error echoes the haunts past recorded in that domicile. Palace, early Bonny Billy, a Will Oldham solo record, whatever other creative moniker the brothers Oldham may have concocted through the years still jostling through the catacombs in the form of roof rafters.