Skylark Cafe & Club West Seattle
Fri., Feb. 9, 8 p.m. 2018 21+
By Dave Segal
Most music that’s explicitly “fun” sounds like tacky rubbish and is a tiresome chore to endure. However, Seattle’s Fabulous Downey Brothers can pull off sonic goofiness with rare aplomb. They’re obviously hugely skilled players who just happen to have a predilection for novelty-cartoonish tones and spazzy dynamics, not unlike Devo, Oingo Boingo, or early XTC. But within those parameters, FDB compose naggingly catchy tunes that usually come bundled with several surprises per minute.