Electronics genius? Minimalist dance groover? Hurricane Katrina survivor? Club owner? Outre surrealist?
Any of these things could describe Quintron. The name of a past album, Swamp Tech, is as good a description as any. Usually accompanied in performance and on recordings by puppeteer/vocalist Miss Pussycat, the world created on his albums has remained a thoroughly iconoclastic one even as his profile in the music world has increased.
His latest release, Too Thirsty 4 Love, continues the dance party vibe of the past few albums. This time, though, there's a somewhat trashier garage rock bent. Quite a few of these songs wouldn't sound nearly as dance-oriented without the club sheen provided by the Drum Buddy -- Quintron's self-designed and built drum machine/oscillator/sound effects/etcetera generator.
The lyrical concerns haven't changed much, with songs like "Dirt Bag Fever" and "The Boss Wants to Party with You" pretty much about what those titles imply. And of course, there's strange moments like the faux-British "Sunday Night" and "Final Conflict" to provide a bit of extra spice.
Before even hearing the record, anyone not acquainted with the Quintron universe would probably do a double take when seeing the album's cover shot, wondering just what those people are up to with the snake and the sundae -- or the vampire fangs. Featuring a cameo by Geannie Thomas (of Ernie K-Doe's Mother in Law Lounge), this had to be a fun cover shoot. (Goner/Rhinestone 2008)