If you want to know what Quintron and Miss Pussycat sound like, it's right in the name of their 2005 album, Swamp Techlo-fi, dirty grooves and a warped, humid vibe. The husband-and-wife duo from New Orleans share vocals. Miss Pussycat yells lyrics, while Quintron belts in a dramatic rock-opera style with exuberant "motherfuckah!"s thrown in. It's layered over drum-machine beats, Casio keyboard melodies and a Hammond organ.
The lo-fi approach can sound tinny, but sometimes it's infectious, like on "God of Thunder," with its persistent beat and the nonsensical "This God of Thunder will save you from your virgin soul" hook.
Still, though, I'm guessing that just listening to Quintron and Miss Pussycat's recordings is missing most of the idea. The performers get the most attention for their live go-go parties that involve puppets and maracas. There's all kinds of anecdotesone legend has it that about 10 years ago an audience member at a Knitting Factory show in New York stripped naked, danced around and scaled a mezzanine. Quintron's instrument is a Frankensteined organ/synth combination bearing an Oldsmobile grill on the front. Miss Pussycat leads the puppet shows, telling stories of space travel and vampires. In short, this sounds like way more fun than grown-ups are supposed to be having, and I would certainly like to join in.
Quintron and Miss Pussycat play the VFW Thu., Oct. 10, at 9 PM, along with zZz and Shahs. $8/$13 for ages 18–20.