Chico Fellini Press Page

Redefine Magazine’s 2009 Album of the Year:

It’s fantastic — in an original, flamboyant, charismatic, and theatrical way that represents very much what I love about music.”
Vivian Hua, Redefine Editor-in-Chief

After listening to like five songs of Chico Fellini and loving each of them, I realized that their new album has quickly become one of my favorites of the year. The best album to come out of Kentucky so far this year.

The last decade has offered no shortage of stylish, dance-oriented acts that have drawn heavily from the early-’80s post-punk scene, but few of these bands have demonstrated the sheer theatricality that makes Chico Fellini’s self-titled debut such a distinctive and compelling listen. And it’s that verve that makes them deserving of more than just a devoted regional following.
-Slant Magazine

Props must be given to Chico Fellini for creating an innovative, fun and thought-provoking masterpiece on its first try. This Lexington, Kentucky-based quartet produces a tight, electrifying sound that’s bound to have its reverberations felt throughout the indie scene, and not just on a local level.
-Amplifier Magazine

“Chico Fellini’s publicists compared their new self-titled disc to the music of bands like PJ Harvey, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The Pixies, and David Bowie. Strange as it may sound, Chico Fellini somehow really could be a hybrid of those seemingly unrelated bands. They have the musicianship of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, the sexiness of PJ Harvey, power of the Pixies, and the flamboyance of David Bowie. And what a sound that combination makes!-Redefine magazine

“Fellini sports a spry post-punk pop sound with a modestly pensive edge. Longtime local fave and expert song stylist Emily Hagihara handles bass, Dame co-founder Brandon Judd tackles the drums, and highly visible Lexington producer Duane Lundy (who recorded, among other projects, Hagihara’s recent Marbles disc) plays guitar. But the catalyst for the band’s jagged pop charge is the singing of Christopher Dennison, who regularly reaches and hits upper registers for a sound both agitated and anthemic. A young David Byrne more than once comes to mind.” -Walter Tunis, Lexington Herald-Leader