Some musicians readily offer the information in any conversation while others may keep their secret like an undercover agent but there is no denying that hearing or saying the phrase 'I'm in a band' can be an uncomfortable experience. After all, there are a whole lot of bands and if Spinal Tap has taught anything it's that it can all be a little silly. The reply is almost always 'Oh yeah? what kind of music do you guys play?' And band members know that while you might wish to just say 'it's original' and leave it at that, you are forced to come up with a distinct description. When 'a mixture of melodic pop, new-wave and British style rock' fails to satisfy you might be asked to compare your band to other bands. 'Who do you guys sound like?' Now do you dare say it's Beatlesque? Will comparing your band to Crowded House, Squeeze, the Jam or Toad The Wet Sprocket elicit blank stares? These might be obvious influences but do you really sound like them? Perhaps you can just let them listen. Now for the listeners the tricky part is the actual listening. Immediately your mind may envision hearing the 'band' and having to hide your distaste through a forced smile and an unconvincing 'this is good.' You are fooling no one. A safe comment after hearing one's CD might be 'You know you guys are really good but this really isn't my type of music.' But that's very safe. Another reaction might be to just smile and walk away. Sure it might be a tad rude but better to leave the band member confused than hurt. But the favorite approach seems to be listening and then talking over it and changing the subject. The music starts, you listen a bit and then say 'This is you guys? Hmm. Did I tell you I might be getting a promotion?' See how easy that works? Well here's some refreshing news. The Mentionables are offering something that requires no false praise. Their CD 'Big Bug' (the title inspired by member Bill's young attempt at art) is truly an original sound. We hope you have as much fun listening as we had recording. So grab a box of your favorite cookies and enjoy. Then when you are finished try listening to the CD.