Hear a track Quintron and Miss Pussycat’s new album, “Spellcaster II: Death in Space”

Quintron, Spellcaster II: Death in Space

More details regarding the forthcoming Quintron and Miss Pussycat album, courtesy of Vice’s music site, Noisey: It’s called Spellcaster II: Death in Space and it will arrive Oct. 28th via the excellently named Pizza Burglar Records. Like most Q & Miss P efforts, judging from the just-released album art, it’s being billed as a Quintron solo joint. Which makes sense, since aside from the occasional lead vocal, all Miss Pussycat does musically is play the maracas. She’s more responsible for the visual side of things.

Spellcaster II is the New Orleans duo’s first full-length album since 2011’s Sucre du Sauvage, but they’ve been keeping busy in the three years since, releasing a steady stream of singles, touring, scoring a Grammy nomination (for their song “Chatterbox,” which was covered on the Grammy-nominated album Grand Isle by Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys), and playing a show at the fucking Kennedy Center. You know, the usual, run-of-the-mill stuff for your average Big Easy swamp-tech band.

Noisey also premiered the title track off Spellcaster II, “Death in Space,” an ominous, buzzy instrumental that sounds a bit like the soundtrack to a low-budget Bayou zombie flick. After you’ve given it a spin, stick around for the full Spellcaster II tracklist and a link to pre-order the album. Oh, and if you live in North America east of the Rockies, check out their fall tour dates.

Spellcaster II: Death in Space tracklist:

1. Wonder MT
2. Death In Space
3. Carnival
4. Do The Raid
5. Home Invastion
6. Mirza’s Marsh
7. Somethings Wrong With Jim
8. Steve
9. Fatal Harmonic
10. Death In Space (reprise)
11. Mirza’s Marsh (extended)

Pre-order Spellcaster II on vinyl from Pizza Burglar Records here.

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Quintron and Miss Pussycat are hitting the road with their inflatable puppet theater

Quintron and Miss Pussycat

It’s been two years since Andy and I got to see Quintron and Miss Pussycat do their swamp-tech-and-puppets thing here in L.A. and I can still see the headlights of Quintron’s Oldsmobile organ every time I close my eyes. But it was totally worth the hearing loss and retinal damage. They put on one helluva show.

So it is with great sadness that I must inform you that Quintron and Miss Pussycat have announced some fall tour dates. Why sadness? Because they’re not playing L.A. and I am a selfish prick. Fuck you, Winooski, Vermont! I hope the top of Quintron’s Drum Buddy flies off and smacks you right in the ol’ syrup sucker.

Word is that Mr. Q and Miss P will also have a new album out this fall, but we don’t have the details on that just yet. Word is also that Miss Pussycat has invented a brand-new inflatable puppet theater that fits in her purse. The press release didn’t specifically say that she’s bringing the blow-up puppets on this tour…but I mean, if they fit in your purse, why wouldn’t you?

The press release also mentions that Quintron spent some time earlier this year completing his latest homemade musical gadget, a drone synthesizer called the Weather Warlock that’s controlled by the weather. Maybe that’s why they’re not playing L.A….we don’t really have weather here. He needs to invent a smog-controlled synth next time. That thing would sing like a canary in our neck of the woods.

Anyway, here are those L.A.-skipping tour dates. Enjoy the show, ya bastards.

Sep 4 – Knoxville, TN- Pilot Light
Sep 6 – Lafayette, GA- Cherokee Farm
Nov 2 – New Orleans, LA- Voodoo Festival at City Park
Nov 7 – Memphis, TN- Hi Tone !
Nov 8 – St. Louis, MI – Firebird *
Nov 9 – Lawrence, KS- Replay Lounge *
Nov 10 – Iowa City, IA- The Mill *
Nov 11 – St. Paul, MN- Turf Club *
Nov 12 – Milwaukee, WI- Cactus Club *
Nov 14 – Chicago, IL- Hideout *
Nov 15 – Ann Arbor, MI- Blind Pig
Nov 16 – Cleveland, OH- Beachland Tavern
Nov 18 – Buffalo, NY- Buffalo Iron Works
Nov 19 – Toronto, ON- Horseshoe Tavern
Nov 20 – Ottawa, ON- House of Targ
Nov 21 – Montreal, qc – Il Motore
Nov 22 – Winooski, VT – Monkey House
Nov 23 – Portland, ME-The Space Gallery
Nov 25 – Allston, MA- Great Scott
Nov 29 – Brooklyn, NY- Baby’s All Right
Dec 1 – Asheville, NC- Double Crown
Dec 2 – Durham, NC- The Pinhook
Dec 3- Savannah, GA- Dollhouse Studios & Productions
Dec 4 – Tallahassee, FL- Club Downunder (FSU)
Dec 8 – Orlando, FL- Will’s Pub #
Dec 9 – Jacksonville, FL- Underbelly #

* w/ Babes
! w/ Manatees
# w/ White Mystery

Oh, and here’s a demo video of an earlier version of the Weather Warlock. Back then it was called the Singing House. Weather Warlock definitely makes it sound way cooler.

Holy swampballs: Quintron and Miss Pussycat are gonna play the fucking Kennedy Center. Plus a few other places.

Quintron and Miss Pussycat gettin fancy

If you’re like me, you probably get sucked every year around Christmas into watching the Kennedy Center Honors, because your aging parents have pumped you so full of leftover turkey and Pinot Grigio that you can’t get off the couch and so you’re stuck watching that boring-ass parade of old actors and ballerinas and cellists and ohmygodisthatLedfuckingZeppelin? OK, so the Kennedy Center Honors aren’t all bad. Especially when you’re on your third bottle of Pinot Grigio.

Hosting the Zep was pretty cool…even though they got that talentless douchebag Kid Rock to massacre “Ramble On”…but the Kennedy Center is about to get even cooler. Because on April 13th, they will play host to none other than Quintron & Miss Pussycat. Yes, the New Orleans ambassadors of down ‘n’ dirty “swamp tech” are on the bill for something called the New Orleans Bingo! Show, which also features the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, a jazz cellist, and this guy. Your tax dollars at work, people!

We ran most of these Q & Miss P tour dates back in January, but we’ll run them again here because there have been a few updates. Oh and I should’ve mentioned: “The Mystery in Old Bathbath” is a new Miss Pussycat puppet movie. So bring your popcorn.

4-8 – Jacksonville, FL @ Sun Ray Cinema – live show and screening of THE MYSTERY IN OLD BATHBATH
4-9 – TALLAHASSEE, FL @ Downunder Club
4-10 – Atlanta, GA @ The Earl
4-12 – Purchase, NY @ SUNNY Purchase Culture Shock festival
4-13 – Washington DC @ Kennedy Center (Yes the real Kennedy Center) – more info TBA
4-17 – NEW HAVEN, CT @ Cafe 9
4-18 – NY, NY @ Anthology Film Archive – NYC premier of THE MYSTERY IN OLD BATHBATH – Q and A to follow film
4-20 (dude) – BROOKLYN, NY @ Secret Project Robot with K-Holes, Black Dice – Spring Fever / smoke lots of weed festival
4-21 – Richmond, VA @ STrange Matter with Bermuda Triangles
4-25 – Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald’s downstairs
4-26 Dallas, TX @ Doublewide with Darktown Strutters!
4-27 Austin, TX @ Psych Fest – Q and P, King Kahn and Bar-B-Que, Acid Mothers Temple, more trippy bands than ever
4-28 Waxahachie, TX @ Webb Gallery

Can somebody fly us to New Orleans so we can celebrate Mardi Gras with Quintron and Miss Pussycat?

Quintron and Miss Pussycat

Good news for people who like puking in alleyways and/or flashing their tits (not necessarily in that order): Mardi Gras is almost upon us! And what better way to celebrate than with New Orleans’ ambassadors of Crescent City eccentricity, Quintron and Miss Pussycat? (We hear Trombone Shorty’s a good time, too, but does he open his sets with sci-fi puppet shows? No, he does not.)

In addition to playing a few hometown Mardi Gras-related shows, Q & Miss P will also be bringing their puppets and swamp jams to several lucky, lucky cities this spring. See below for full tour dates, and for a little taste of what you’re in for, read our review of Quintron and Miss Pussycat’s last show here in L.A. The venue you see them at will probably less stanky, but we make no guarantees.

Quintron & Miss Pussycat Mardi Gras/spring tour dates:

02-1 New Orleans, LA – Tulane University Mardi Gras Ball
02-02 Lafayette, LA – Blue Moon Saloon w/ T-Kette
02-11 New Orleans, LA – One Eyed Jack’s w/ K-Holes, Vice Cooler & the one and only STEPHANIE “call the police” MCDEE!
03-01 New Orleans, LA – THE PRYTANIA THEATER – NOLA Premier of “The Mystery In Old BathBath”
04-09 Tallahassee, FL – Downunder Club
04-10 Atlanta, GA – The Earl
04-13 Washington, DC – Kennedy Center New Orleans Bingo Show
04-17 New Haven, CT – Cafe Nine
04-20 Brooklyn, NY – SPRING FEVER @ Secret Project Robot w/ K-Holes, Black Dice
04-21 Richmond, VA – Strange Matter w/ Bermuda Triangles
04-25 Houston, TX – Fitzgerald’s Downstair’s
04-26 Dallas, TX – Double Wide Bar w/ Darktown Strutters
04-27 Austin, TX – Austin Psych Festival at Carson Creek
04-28 Waxahachie, TX – Webb Gallery

Weird Live Review: Quintron and Miss Pussycat

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Some venues live up to their name, and The Smell is definitely one of them. An all-ages, alcohol-free punk-rock club tucked away down an alley in downtown Los Angeles, it’s the kind of place where, every time a band finishes their set, everyone stampedes for the exit to suck down fresh air (and cigarettes, which compared to The Smell are like little tobacco-scented air fresheners) like carp bobbing to the surface of a dirty koi pond. You see, besides being alcohol-free, The Smell is also air-conditioning-and-ventilation-free. Midway through Quintron and Miss Pussycat’s set, I had to stop taking pictures because my iPhone screen was filming up with the salty condensation of 300 kids’ sweat. Ew.

That being said, it was kind of the perfect place to see Quintron and Miss Pussycat do their swampy, low-tech organ rock. After opening with one of Miss P’s totally adorable puppet shows (see the video clip below for an excerpt), Quintron fired up his Drum Buddy and was off to the races, laying down thick slabs of Hammond organ over programmed beats that had the sweaty punk-rock kids moving and grooving. It was a lively 90-minute set, especially given how oppressively hot the room was, although it probably peaked too soon with a slow-burn version of “Swamp Buggy Bad Ass” that found a shirtless, sweat-slick Quintron prowling through the crowd like a wild animal, before jumping back onstage to unleash an onslaught of distorted organ and Drum Buddy glitchitude that had the place going nuts. My favorite Hawaiian shirt may never smell the same again, but it was all worth it for that one song.

Other set highlights included the Miss Pussycat vocal showcases “Banana Beat” and “Fly Like a Rat,” the super-catchy “Waterfall,” and “Ring the Alarm,” one of the best songs from the duo’s most recent album, Sucre du Savage. And regardless of what song they were playing, it was fun to watch Quintron put the Drum Buddy, an analog synth built around a light bulb and a rotating tin can, through its paces—and to watch the audience wince every time he fired up the high-beams on the Oldsmobile grille attached to the front of his organ.

Side note: Although I don’t think they were really interesting enough to merit a Weird Band of the Week pick anytime soon, opening act XBXRX do get bonus points for taking the stage dressed in what appeared to be multi-colored, half-diaper/half-toga ensembles, and playing such a ridiculously loud set that at one point, Quintron walked past me with his fingers jammed into his ears. (If my wife is reading this: Yes, honey, I wore earplugs.) Sadly, I got no pictures of XBXRX and their ridiculous ensembles, because in addition to being one of the most aromatic venues I’ve ever had the pleasure of visiting, The Smell was also one of the darkest. Most of the light in the second and third pictures below came from Quintron’s Drum Buddy.

Quintron and Miss Pussycat’s tour continues all through July. More dates here. I highly recommend checking ’em out.

Oh, and did I mention there was a puppet show?

More Quintron & Miss Pussycat tour dates (including, finally, an L.A. stop)

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Quintron and Miss Pussycat have been touring like crazy in 2012, so it’s about frickin’ time they included a swing through the West Coast in their travels. They’re playing here June 23rd at a place called (for reasons we’ll leave to your imagination) The Smell, and Jake and I plan to be on hand to catch all the swamp-tech and puppet-show madness. We’ll post a full report in these virtual pages once we’ve slept it off.

They kicked off their latest tour last night in Lafayette, Louisiana and it continues today in Austin. Here’s the full itinerary:

6-16 Austin, TX – Red 7 $$!
6-17 San Antonio, TX – Korova $$
6-20 Tucson, AZ – Solar Culture $$
6-21 Phoenix, AZ – The Crescent Ballroom $$
6-22 San Diego, CA – Casbah $$
6-23 Los Angeles, CA – The Smell $$#
6-24 Long Beach, CA – Alex’s Bar $$
6-27 San Jose, CA – Blank Club $$
6-28 Santa Cruz, CA – The Crepe Place $$
6-29 Oakland, CA – New Parish Music Hall $$
6-30 San Francisco, CA – Elbo Room $$%
7-2 Arcata, CA – The Jambalaya $$
7-3 Olympia, WA – Northern $$
7-5 Vancouver, BC – Waldorf Hotel $$
7-6 Seattle, WA – Chop Suey $$
7-7 Portland, OR – East End Block Party $$
7-9 Boise, ID – Neurolux
7-10 Salt Lake City, UT- Urban Lounge
7-12 Denver, CO- Hi Dive
7-13 Kansas City, MO- Record Bar
7-14 Norman, OK- Opolis
7-15 Dallas, TX- Doublewide
7-18 Lawrence, KS – Jackpot Music Hall
7-19 Iowa City, IA – The Mill
7-20 Chicago, IL – Printer’s Ball
7-27 Baton Rouge, LA – Spanish Moon
7-28 New Orleans, LA – One Eyed Jacks

$$ w/ Dent May
$$! w/ Dent May, Golden Boys
$$# w/ Dent May, XBXRX
$$% w/ Dent May, Shannon and the Clams

We cannot wait to see the awesome power of a fully operational Drum Buddy unleashed upon the City of Angels. Bring it, Q & Miss P!

Totally adorable video interview with Quintron and Miss Pussycat

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(Photo by Rebecca Smeyne for MTV Hive)

So our favorite Crescent City swamp-tech duo, Quintron & Miss Pussycat, just got done playing the Bruise Cruise, one of those party boat festival thingies where they pack a bunch of bands, DJs and well-heeled fans aboard a cruise ship and let them drink their way to the Bahamas or wherever. And while they were on board, they sat down for an interview with Noisey, Vice magazine’s video channel. It’s part of a running feature called “Bandmate,” wherein the good people of Noisey interview each band member separately in an attempt to get them to talk smack about each other. It’s kind of a stupid idea and we totally wish we’d thought of it ourselves, except that we don’t do video interviews with bands. (Yet.)

Anyway, watch the clip below to learn more about Mr. Q and Miss P, including which one’s better at limbo and who has a secret Jimmy Buffett connection they’d rather not talk about.