They’re on their 10th anniversary and this might well be the world’s most eccentric band ever to perform here – no easy feat. Maybe we shouldn’t try to explain what better could remain unexplained? But then, and we’re in luck, their website offers some mysterious explanations, or possible insights: Marianne Faithful vaguely collaborates in fictitious sound constructions with the Left Banke, it says. And songs, lyrics and compositions are created by the band’s singers, Denise Wick Ross and Sandra Grande and you’ll see, they’re full of ideas and are taking off into the unknown. Transgressing the line and creatively cross to reach the space they seem to be heading into. They do recognise certain laws but only to vehemently break and elegantly move beyond them.This band is backed by the world’s most likely most eccentric line-up of instruments, played by very fine and human musicians. You’ll hear a sputtering Wurlitzer, edged on by the sound of two guitars and a drum kit, a shruti- and a squeeze-box, an old kettle drum, a rattle, a melodica, chimes and a maltreated trumpet. Their songs are about mermaids, whirlwinds, magic stones, moondust moondoggies and are almost always about love. They have performed wearing shiny, intergalactic space suits and aside from the glitter, their two singers are pure eye candy. They’ve performed in over 200 concerts in venues as divergent and unusual as town hall squares or at the opera house.
A fat and fancy coffeetable book has been published about their story and 20 year history and it’s titled «Theater der Zeit». Heavy stuff, it contains a 4-song single and it’s for you to peruse and even purchase. And through this extensive documentation you’ll realise they’re predominantly a phenomenal, fantastic, irreverent performance and theatre group.
But what you can’t know beforehand about this coming memorable gig is the simple answer to the question: What kind of sonic theatrics will the seven-headed monster dragon HORA’BAND spew out tonight?