Like Totally! is a theatrical Kindie Rock band from Athens, GA! They sing upbeat, positive, custom made pop songs for kids of all ages (including adults)! They also perform interactive skits in between songs. Their debut album, "Good Mews" was recorded and produced by Joel Hatstat of Ladybird Studios with artwork by Kay Stanton.
"We're Like Totally!, and it's party time!" With this raucous cry begins Good Mews, the Indie-gogo-funded debut album from the long-running local "kindie rock" outfit. What follows is 25 minutes of pathologically catchy, criminally ridiculous music, a straight-up silly set of songs ostensibly geared towards children but, also, as that somewhat awkward genre tag suggests, hip, discerning parent-approved.
And even if you're not a parent, chances are you'll find something to like here; this stuff is, by and large, irresistible. A lot of that has to do with the fact that, unlike most contemporary "adult" music, there is no irony involved in Like Totally!'s artistic approach. To listen to Good Mews is to realize how cynical you have become—you crabby old coot—but it is also to rediscover a certain youthful joy.
Indeed, what elevates Like Totally!'s tunes above most kiddie jams is the sense that Woodward and company really believe in what they're doing, like, totally.
And when they're not singing about unicorns, the music often exudes an adult-level depth. (See "Sail Baby Sail," a gorgeously ambiguous lullaby.) As a bonus, the band boasts an uncanny ability to maintain a super-straight face throughout, so that lyrics like "From these cookies/ A child cannot grow," delivered as they are with a dramatic, slow-mo flourish, feel far more deep and revelatory than is actually the case.
Then again, to a kid, everything is revelatory, and much of the album's charm comes from the vocal contributions of a lucky group of young Like Totally! fans, who pop up throughout, in choruses, inter-song skits and randomized explosions of cheering. (Hatstat recalls working with children in the studio, a first: "They just did two takes, and then it was snack time.")
With countless birthday parties and library performances under its belt, and now the album, the band's local presence continues to grow. Not only has it earned a cult-like following among a certain swath of Athens youth, but it's also converted quite a few parents in the process. It's not uncommon, at a Like Totally! gig, to see moms and dads joining their kids in joyous, impromptu dance sessions; you get the sense that they're losing themselves in the music more than they might care to admit." - Flagpole Magazine
"All the best kids shows and movies throw in a few winks and nudges for the parents to enjoy, and Like Totally! offers that, too. If you have any love for whimsy, it's hard not to smile watching this colorful cast of costumed merry-makers sing songs about friendship and discovery."- Flagpole Magazine
"In the spirit of the newly dubbed "kindie" genre, Like Totally! offers parents blissful respite from the often tiresome world of children's music. They keep the lyrics sweet and silly without dumbing down the melodies, so kids of all ages can enjoy tunes about life's simple pleasures: pets, playtime and cookies (in moderation, of course)." -Flagpole Magazine
Imagine if Robbie Bachman and Fred Turner started a band together, but then kicked it into overdrive with a positive message and a loving whimsy.
Like Totally! was founded in 2006 by Whitney Evick, Jenny Woodward, Jared Schwartz, Nathan Evick, and Danny Gorbachov. Our demo entitled "Itty Bitty E.P." was recorded at 290 Barber Street by Zach Shy.
Current Members include:
Davy Gibbs: "The Friendly Pirate" Drums: "He sailed seas before it was cool, but carries no pretensions whatsoever. When on land he likes to lay down hard beats. Trusting, but with good judgment."
Jenny Woodward: "Lady Scientist" Vocals, Guitar. "She pours liquid chemicals by day and rocks solid anthems by night. She aims to prove her talent with the Scientific Method. Currently she is on the lookout for a cure for crankiness!"
Josh Wendling: "Unruly Cowboy" Guitar, antics. "It seems that wherever we go, this guy isn't too far behind. His stories are not to be believed, his advice not to be trusted, his eyes not to be looked in, his examples not to be followed. We like him a lot, but maybe that's our downfall."
Zach Clayton: "Magic Mac " Bass. Magic Mac appeared about of nowhere one day with a few magical bass lines andddddd poof!! he was in the band...
Mandy Riley: "Mrs. Berry Bear" Vocals. "Part defiance, part inspiration, part hand sass, part kindness, all honey, all the time, all fall down. We know as much about her as you do the bear that plays in your band."
Zack Jones: " Farmer Jones" Viola, Mandolin. " When not tending to his animals down on the farm, Farmer Jones like to play with the animals in Like Totally!"
..THINK.. Puppets ..
..THINK.. The Sun ..
..THINK.. Other Planets ..
..THINK.. Cats ..
..THINK.. Cookies ..
..THINK.. Naps ..
..THINK.. Rainbows ..
..THINK.. Forests ..
..THINK.. Winged Creatures ..
..THINK.. Colors ..
..THINK.. Bananas ..
..THINK.. Bananas in Pajamas ..
..THINK.. Numbers ..
..THINK.. Letters ..
..THINK.. Things ..
..THINK.. Mothers ..
..THINK.. Bears ..
..THINK.. Bears with hats ..
..THINK.. Walks ..
..THINK.. .."That Girl".. ..
..THINK.. You Are my Flower ..
..THINK.. Lazy Town ..
And then you'll pretty much have it.