IMPROBABLE PEOPLE

IMPROBABLE PEOPLE

BandFolkSinger/Songwriter

In the tradition oif The Beatles, Simon & Garfunkel, Kings Of Convinience, Travis and more, distinctive melodies, vocals, catchy hooks in very well crafted pop songs.

Biography

IMPROBABLE PEOPLE

Recording a CD at 50... improbable

Listening to it on the radio... very improbable

Seeing it in magazines... more than improbable

Presenting it live... the most improbable thing of all!

Today, after almost 40 years, all this has become possible for Improbable People

Saying that Improbable People is a new group is like saying that the world is flat, that rain isn't wet, or that grass is blue. The world is round. Rain is wet. Grass is green. Román Villar and José Enrique Fernández have been making music for the past 40 years but it was only recently that they decided to record some songs and find a name for the band: Improbable People.

Their friendship dates back to primary school, when for José Enrique and Román there were only two things worth the bother: playing soccer and learning music. And what about math? Naahh. Who cared about that? As long as they could listen to The Beatles, Simon & Garfunkel, and The Byrds, the world could break apart for all they cared.

Everything started that way. José Enrique playing Mozart at 11 and Román playing covers with a group called The 1968 Students Revolution. Good mix, isn't it? That's why they've played together ever since.

Very quickly, they realized what the other was good at: José Enrique could easily learn the lyrics of songs they liked, knew about harmony, and sang well; Román had already developed good guitar skills and was able to memorize songs after one listening. Unquestionably, there was a future here: when they were 14, Orfeón (then a major record label in Mexico) offered them their first recording contract, which, oh surprise, they turned down as big talents do!

Later on, the hippie era vanished, punk rock arrived, and Román and José Enrique carried on making music as usual: they never wrote their songs down because they hated notating music, and used happy accidents that happened while playing as the basis for new songs. Many of those songs, recorded on cassettes, survive to this day. Thus, Román and José Enrique decided to blow the dust off some of them and see if they had endured the passage of time.

They have. The result of all those years of making music just for the sake of it is a beautiful indie folk CD called By Fits and Starts, an album made with great care, without concessions or conditions, but with the same attitude José Enrique and Román had grown up with. And with the help of relatives and old and new friends!

By asking favors, using free timeslots generously provided by Estudio 19, and inviting other musicians to join the project, they recorded By Fits and Starts in a two-year period. Improbable People had to take advantage of every free chance they had to record bits of a song and then wait, sometimes for a month, for another free timeslot to record the bass guitar or whatever was next or missing to make decades of experience and work a reality. And best of all, without having to compromise the style they had developed since they were young. The disarming mix of cheekiness and innocence is preserved on By Fits and Starts, proof that it's never too late to fulfill your dreams and that being faithful to your ideals gets you the best results.

Get All Your Troubles, the first single, is a sweet, pop-minded song reminiscent of Eliot Smith or The High Lamas in that it quickly enfolds you with a smooth melody. The beauty of songs like Third Floor, 'Twas Only Me, and In the Early Hours, will easily captivate you.

Lyrics

WITHOUT WARNING

Written By: ROMAN VILLAR/JOSE ENRIQUE FERNANDEZ

“Without Warning”

I’m sure you had a reason
Just why you had to go
Bur it’s no less a treason
‘Cause I didn’t know

How do I take this ending?
I didn’t have a say in it
The words you will be sending
I don’t care to know

You left without warning
You went away and broke my
Heart
How can I stop mourning?
When I think of you I start
To cry

At least you’ll stop pretending
You’re going to keep your promises
The dreams I had, the pain this is
I wish I’d known

When you said you were leaving
I didn’t have a say in it
Is there someone you’re seeing?
I deserve to know

You left without warning
You went away and broke my
Heart
How can I stop mourning?
When I think of you I start
To cry

You said you’d never do me harm
Were you lying?
You said you’d always keep me warm
Just tell me did you even
Try?

I lasted you a season
And now the fall is here to stay
You should’ve had the guts to say
I don’t need you anymore

You left without warning
You went away and broke my
Heart
I wake up every morning
To something I can’t understand

I never saw it coming
You said you loved me all along
You were only playing
Betraying every thing you said
Why?

heading north

Written By: roman villar/jose enrique fernandez


Heading North
Román Villar/José Enrique Fernández

I’m heading north
I’ve got to get away
I’ve got to find a way
To leave this town behind
It’s all I know, I need to go

I’m looking for
A place to hide away
A place where I can say
The thoughts I have in mind
I need to know I can let go

The pain you see
Is all I have, it follows me

I’m heading north
And I’m in disarray
The dues I have to pay…
So steep, they blow my mind
And I don’t know if they will go

For what it’s worth
I have to make a stand
I need to understand
The answers I demand
I’m just a man who’s hanging low

The pain you see
Is all I wear, it covers me

Every time that I have tried
To hold my many fears at bay
Every time that I have tried
To live my dreams in every way
Every time, you’ve made me pay

All I had to give
All I had to say
All I had to live
Each and every day
It was all wasted on you
Wasted on you

The irony of my regret
The uselessness of all my anger
Is that I don’t want to forget
But I’m not sure
I want to remember

I’m heading north
I’ve got to get away
I’ve got to find a way
To leave this town behind
It’s all I know, I need to go

I’m heading north
And I’m in disarray
The dues I have to pay…
So steep, they blow my mind
And I don’t know if they will go

Discography

By Fits And Starts - EP / What's With The World - CD

Set List

Graphics on a file/Maddening Crowd/Get all your troubles/Third floor/'twas only me/Leelah/Without warning/Maker of fireworks - Covers: Rocket man (Elton John) / Happy together (Turtles) 35 to 40 minutes