Petunia-Liebling MacPumpkin

So the winner of our latest Weird Band Facebook Poll™ seems to be a big fan of our site (she’s been sharing links on our Facebook page like crazy), but we still know almost nothing about her. Then again, maybe that’s OK. Certain acts work better if there’s an air of mystery. We probably don’t really need to know the full story behind Petunia-Liebling MacPumpkin. Or maybe she’ll decide to share it with us someday and it’ll be just as weird as her music. Although that’s asking a lot, because her music is some of the trippiest shit we’ve heard in a long time.

MacPumpkin is (we think) the creation/alter-ego/bizarro version of a lady from Florida named Melody Felicia-Baril McGinn. We first heard about her from a new reader named TommyTopHat. Sup, Tommy? Thanks for the tip.

Melody apparently grew up a huge fan of The Residents (hence her fondness for top hats) and Renaldo & The Loaf (another band we really should add to The Weird List one of these days). [Update: We did.] She says she started making her heavily Residents/Renaldo-inspired MacPumpkin music back in the early ’90s and is only just now getting around to releasing it via Bandcamp.

Petunia-Liebling MacPumpkin’s one and only album is called Fish Drive Edsels and it’s completely insane. Vocals and rhythms speed up and slow down like some kind of cracked funhouse carnival music. The lyrics, when you can make them out, are about cowboys bagging groceries, conversations with frozen fish, and something called the Bedazzler, which we thought was just some tool chicks use for putting sequins on shit but is apparently also, in Petunia’s world, a shapeshifting monster who “usually comes at night when there’s a storm.” When I was a little kid, I was afraid of a similar monster called the Beshatter who would come at night and take a dump on your head. But I digress.

Besides Fish Drive Edsels, MacPumpkin has also released a few new tunes on Soundcloud, including one that sets Edward Lear’s poem “The Jumblies” to music that sounds like acid rock for Oompa-Loompas, and another inspired by electro-soul weirdo Gary Wilson. Apparently she and Wilson have some kind of mutual admiration society going, because on her website, MacPumpkin has this quote from Wilson: “After a pleasant listening, Petunia inspired us to go out and have some fish and chips.” High praise indeed. Here’s the Wilson-inspired track, “He Cried.”

Melody Felicia-Baril McGinn may or may not also be the lunatic behind another musical persona called Rosewater Treacle Tart. Petunia-Liebling MacPumpkin hasn’t made any YouTube videos…or actually, it looks like she once had YouTube videos and for some reason she’s taken them all down. But this Rosewater Treacle Tart video is amazing, so we’re including it here, even though we haven’t confirmed it’s the same chick. Us, fact-check? Fuck that. Even the New York Times barely does that shit these days.

So congrats on being our Weird Band of the Week, Petunia! And to all our readers: If you wanna see more quality artists like PL MacP make the grade around here, go vote in our latest poll.



9 thoughts on “Petunia-Liebling MacPumpkin

  1. Pingback: Interview with Petunia-Liebling MacPumpkin « manbehindthecurtain

    1. weirdestband

      She seems to be quite well-connected in the weird band world. We should get together and put on a Weird Festival or something.

      1. TommyTopHat

        Duuude, that would be awesome. o.O

        If that was a real thing, I’d definitely want to take part in it. True, I have no musical talent whatsoever, but if I got a keyboard and just plonked down randomly on it, making odd noises and saying whatever comes into my head, while wearing my dress and some makeup, I’m sure nobody would know the difference. It’d either be total bullshit or total genius.

        I also have a theory that you guys who do this blog are actually The Residents. Because that’d be quite a twist. Either that or Elvis.

  2. TommyTopHat

    I think she might be making some videos for her songs at the moment! 😀 I’m pretty sure that she and Rosewater Treacle Tart are one and the same though. She has a great love for the Hitcher from The Mighty Boosh.
    Petunia’s a really interesting person- she actually sent me a copy of her album, which is one of my most prized possessions now. 😛 She is quite insane, in that very groovy way.

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