One keyboardist plays three synths, lap steel, glockenspiel, sings and whistles; another plays three synths, guitar, and sings; the guitarist sings and plays synths and the saw; the bassist plays synth and drums; and the drummer plays synths, glock and quadricep (he mics the leg for lap-pat percussion).
That captures an evening with Portland’s Musee Mecanique, whose sound has been justly described by hometown media as music-box orchestral folk. Named after the mechanical museum in San Francisco, the band recorded its yet-to-be-released debut full-length album with familiar names from PDX’s experimental folk scene, including players from Nick Jaina and Point Juncture, WA.
But the touring band consists heavily of new recruits, including one player that old B-Side heads may remember - Brian Perez from the now-defunct Tri-Cities phenom Mu Meson, and Matt Berger of Supermonster. Platform Patrick calls Musee one of the best live bands he’s ever seen. Think Man Man on Quaaludes.