Quintron and Miss Pussycat – A Holiday “Bizarre”
Dollhouse Productions (980 Industry Drive)
Wednesday, December 3
Doors at 7:30, music at 8
$8 advance via Eventbrite.com, $10 at the door
DOLLHOUSE PRODUCTIONS is throwing a Holiday "Bizarre," and who better to lead the charge than Quintron and Miss Pussycat?
The husband-wife duo combine synth wizardry, puppetry, stage antics, and fab clothing (or lack thereof) to put on one of the best show’s you’ll catch.
Savannah has long been a stop on the New Orleans couple’s tours; this time, the party includes a Graveface Records pop-up shop, a holiday photo booth by Emily Earl, and crafts, gifts, tarot and palm readings by Dame Darcy.
And speaking of Dame Darcy, she’ll be showcasing all her talents, as the banjoist will also be opening the show. Make sure you get there in time for Savannah’s gritty electro dance duo Boy Harsher, too. I know we’re all used to late starts in SAV, but be on time! Music begins promptly at 8 p.m., with Quintron hitting the stage at 11 p.m.
If you’ve never seen the show and need a little persuasion to let your freak flag fly, the following are key reasons why a ticket to see Quintron and Miss Pussycat is a first-rate (early) holiday present to yourself:
A NEW RECORD!
Quintron’s put out over a dozen LPs, and the mere-month-old Spellcaster II: Death In Space is a fantastic addition to the catalog. With atmospheric tones and all-out party jams like single “Do The Raid,” it hits all our favorite elements of the band: sassed-out grimy fun and buzzy, building numbers suitable for soundtracking ‘50s sci-fi films.
Though she was introduced to puppetry in her church’s Christian Puppet Youth Ministry while growing up in Antlers, Oklahoma, Miss Pussycat honed her wacked-out, rainbow-clad style in the wonderfully unpredictable and infinitely creative town of New Orleans. Her secret nightclub, the Pussycat Caverns (where Miss Pussycat and Quintron first met), was home to the puppets in the mid-‘90s. Since then, her handcrafted creations have formed bands, performed at The New Orleans Museum of Art, and become a staple of the Quintron and Miss Pussycat show, stealing the spotlight for segments throughout the evening. Get ready for hilarious, smart writing with goofy, slightly creepy sets, characters, and movements.
From Miss Pussycat’s trademark Technicolor pom-pom topper to glimmering vintage dresses to neon handmade costumes (recently: a white one-shoulder dress covered in black, blue and pink keyboard patches to match Quintron’s keyboard sweater), it’s undeniable that the band’s killer style is just as big a part of the show as the music. Just watch Miss Pussycat shake those maracas on stage and not leave dying to raid her closet. (Oh, and speaking of the maracas, she totally sews casings for them that coordinate with her outfits.)
Half the fun of seeing a Quintron and Miss Pussycat show is getting to see Quintron’s creations in action. The Drum Buddy, a rotating five-oscillator, light-activated drum machine creates sound effects either manually or automatically. After its creation in late 1999, Quintron threw a patent on it; it’s now used by musicians like DJ Mr. Dibs of the hip-hop group Atmosphere, Fred Armisen, and Laurie Anderson.
The “Spit Machine” was his first-ever invention, and an exploration in using human saliva as a tuning conductor for a hand organ.
He’s been at it for years now, but Quintron’s most ambitious project may be his most recent. While forced to take some medical-related time off from touring in 2011, he converted the couple’s home into a singing structure. A drone synthesizer controlled by rooftop sensors that respond to sunrise, sunset, and precipitation, the original Singing House was built to be installed into any building. No two songs that the synth creates are alike, and each, like weather conditions, are perfectly unique.
It’s tuned to perform in E Major, a pleasing and comforting key, as the Singing House, later called Weather Warlock, was originally intended to simply be a way of bringing an instrument into any home. Later, the project grew into “weather for the blind.” Many sight-impaired people suffer from a circadian rhythm sleep disorder; Quintron hopes that the weather-controlled synthesizer can alleviate stress for those suffering from a lack of sleep and unite the listener with nature.
Currently, its base station is located in New Orleans. Quintron has formed a heavy drone band, Weather Warlock, to play in accompaniment with the instrument. The ever-changing lineup has included a rotating cast of friends and New Orleans staples, like Aaron Hill of Eyehategod; on Friday in New York, the band includes jazz musician Nels Cline, John Lennon’s son, Sean Lennon, Steve Shelley of Sonic Youth, Paula Henderson, and Luke Stewart.