POPULAR MECHANICS is “dig it” rock n’ roll like you might hear if you like to hear Hüsker Dü (so said one critic). Dave Todd: Vox/Guitar Rick Addis: Bass Tim Pinkerton: Drums
CHATEAU NOWHERE was launched by Parisian Phillippe Beer-Gabel, bassist Will Krause and drummer Zack Humphrey. Since then they have called upon an assortment of talented musicians from France to the U.S.A via London. The group is a graceful turbulence of epic indie rock. A unique sonic metamorphosis of dissonance with reminiscent echoes of the early sounds of Blonde Redhead and groovier Deerhoof. The band evokes a French melancholy enlightened with the disparate sounds of the Kantele; an amplified harp with 38 piano strings. A mystical wonder from Finland. Château Nowhere merges an enchanting musical landscape with a thrilling and dramatic soundscape of guitar, bass, drums, strings enhanced with some lush vocals of rotating singers. MAY DAY ORCHESTRA Songwriter Tim Rakel and various Saint Louis-based musicians currently play two “folk operas” which are a series of songs revolving around a certain time period and subject. The first, “May Day, or Songs For Lucy Parsons”, gave the band its name and concerns the labor movement of the 1880s and the anarchists of Chicago. This is available on vinyl record and digitally through on-line music stores. The second, “Ota Benga”, concerns the history of colonialism in the Congo and the life of Ota Benga, a pygmy man who was kept at the World’s Fair in 1904 as well as the Bronx Zoo. Musicians involved in this project also play in the following bands; The Rats And People Motion Picture Orchestra, Theodore, Tenement Ruth, Grace Basement and The Union Electric.