To be honest, I didn't know much about the Imagination Movers before I had the chance to review their new CD/DVD release, Rock-O-Matic. I only knew there were a bunch of guys in blue coveralls and some kind of mouse in the mix, so I was pleasantly surprised to learn that the foursome of Rich Collins, Scott Durbin, Dave Poche, and Scott "Smitty" Smith are actually talented performers and musicians who write their own parent- and kid-friendly songs.
Rock-O-Matic features 18 songs. all upbeat with great grooves. The album kicks off with the super hi-octane "Dance Kung Fu," and has lots of fun, sing-alongable songs like "Little Red Wagon, " "Firetruck, " and my favorite song on the album, "Everybody Sing." The music is a mix of styles, mostly rock with a few dance and even ska touches thrown in.
The accompanying DVD is a compilation of music videos for many of the songs on the CD as well as skits and comic interludes. The DVD reminded me a bit of both The Muppets and The Monkees --a blend of smart humor, music, and a touch of wackiness. I found myself laughing out loud at a number of points while watching the DVD, so the humor is definitely the kind that parents can appreciate along with their little ones.
Imagination Movers will bring their mix of music, hijinks, and hilarity to the area on May 3 at the Bergen Performing Arts Center in Englewood, on May 5 at the Best Buy Theater in NYC, and on May 10 at the Count Basie Theater in Red Bank.
Imagination Movers - Rock-O-Matic (Razor & Tie, $9.99) http://www.imaginationmovers.com
Jennifer Niederhoffer is the founder of Impress Media, an independent lifestyle & entertainment public relations and editorial services firm. You can follow her on twitter @impressmedia.