MARGOT AND THE NUCLEAR SO AND SO'S and more at the Pike Room

WEDNESDAY MARCH 3, 2010
doors at 8PM
tickets: $12 (buy tickets)

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Far removed from the boutiques and falafel joints that currently inhabit their Brooklyn neighborhood, the Indiana-bred MARGOT AND THE NUCLEAR SO & SO's present a vision of what the area might have felt, sounded, and looked like in the 1960s. In this case, the majority of the population was apparently well read, and either devastatingly melancholy/drug-addled or alarmingly optimistic. To create a sound that broad in its spectrum, Margot founders Richard Edwards and Andy Fry recruited six other musicians: Jesse Lee (cello), Emily Watkins (piano), Hubert Glover (trumpet), Chris Fry (drums), Casey Tennis (drums, assorted other banged-on objects), and Tyler Watkis (electric bass). The resulting debut, The Dust of Retreat, is a chamber pop confection that makes occasional detours into modern rock. The tracks act as mini-screenplays which unfold into romantic sagas ("Skeleton Key," "Jen Is Bringin' the Drugs"), or include detours into dialogue ("On a Freezing Chicago Street") are highly literate with the exception of the saccharine "Paper Kitten Nightmare" which features Edwards crooning "meow meow meow" -- seriously. On "Quiet as a Mouse," nearly every member of the band gets a turn in the spotlight with string-heavy sections, a horn solo, a piano-driven opening, and a grizzled, guitar-heavy chorus in which Edwards warns, "Wake up, the sun is rising without you."

With CAMERON MCGILL AND WHAT ARMY and COTTON LILLY.

 

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