February Weird Band Poll: Vote for Astro Al, Ebola Ape, Gout Pony, Iris Von Gul or Potworow
I don’t know about you, but I’ve been binge-watching the Olympics all week and wondering why I wasted my youth on comic books and video games. Fierce competition pushes people to pinnacles of achievement that are nothing short of awe-inspiring. Can it have the same effect on weird bands? Probably not, but it’s still fun to pit them against each other and see who can ascend to the winner’s podium.
You people know the drill by now: Voting ends Sunday, Feb. 23rd at midnight and we’ll announce the winner on Feb. 26th. Got your judge’s hat on? Here we go…
[Sorry, this poll has closed. Check back here Wednesday, when the winner will be revealed. And bookmark this page to partake of future polls. We do a new one every month(ish).]
For more on this month’s bands, read on:
Astro Al is a duo from
Boston outer space named Paul Angelosanto and Debbie Nash. “Imagine if William Shatner replaced Jim Morrison in the Doors” is how they describe themselves, which is such a great image that I kinda wanna run out right now, buy a Shatner mask and start a cover band called The Crystal Shat. Here’s their website and here’s a video that’s more Deliverance than Doors, but still pretty weird.
Ebola Ape is a DJ from
Poland the Congolese jungle who claims to be the world’s first gorilla turned music producer. What kind of music are gorillas into, you ask? I would’ve guessed Kool & the Gang, too, but it turns out it’s more of a cross between glitchy downtempo, witch house and something I guess the kids these days are calling chillstep. Here’s his website and here’s his SoundCloud page.
Gout Pony is a band from Ipswich, England who don’t claim to be from anywhere else. They call their jazzy/lo-fi/folk/stream-of-consciousness music “trampcore” and list The Residents, Cardiacs and a.P.A.t.T. among their influences. Here’s a link to their album, A Family Gouting, and here’s their Facebook page.
Iris Von Gul
Iris Von Gul is an electro/industrial/math-rock band from Bordeaux, France. They were formed last year by Sam Barbier and Denis Dedieu, formerly of the electro-punk band Decay. Now a quartet, they’ve put out one EP called, appropriately enough, Decay Is Dead, which includes a nifty cover of Marilyn Manson’s “Dead to the World.” Here’s a video of them performing their song “We Are Vicious” in the studio, and here’s their SoundCloud page.
Potworow is a young woman from Poland who makes sparse ambient music, short films and self-portrait photographs, all of which are both lovely and more than a little ominous. Here’s her blog, and here’s her YouTube channel, where we recommend starting with “Longing Blue” or one of her little films like “Gone” or “Dinosaurs.”
So there you have it. Remember to cast your vote before midnight Sunday, Feb. 23rd, and may the weirdest band win.