Quintron & Miss Pussycat

Published on November 15th, 2013

capn_best_333There’s something spectacular about inventing instruments for a throwback sound. The man known only as Quintron is such an inventor. The New Orleans-based musician has blessed South Florida with many appearances with his wife, Miss Pussycat, singing and playing maracas alongside him. In a manner of a few days, they will return to Miami, as part of many events celebrating another year of Art Basel Miami Beach.

On stage, Quintron often stations himself behind the grill of a classic car, working headlights included. He plays a hybrid keyboard made of a Hammond organ and a Rhodes synthesizer. Incessant beats are generated electronically and often involve his “Drum Buddy,” which is composed of oscillators, lights and possibly a tin can. His songs have a vintage garage rock quality that swing hard and groovy.

A true original, Quintron would make for a fascinating interview. However, the notion of asking this playful, creative genius questions about his method would be futile. In one rare interview, he once told writer Phil Hunt: “I am aware that this interview is a game and I can step outside of this page to see it for what it is. You know, I may never say what I have just said in another interview ever. I can be inconsistent, unreliable, contradictory … like electricity or plumbing.” There’s even conflicting information as to his real name. It’s either Robert Rolston, according to Wikipedia or Jay Poggi, according to the All Music Guide.

MissP_Hgarden333But who cares about the person when his music is so raucous and fun. Maybe the sublimation of persona assists the free-wheeling creative feel of the loose, relentless jams Quintron so smoothly weaves. Though he hasn’t released a full-length album since 2011’s rollicking Sucre Du Sauvage, those attending his upcoming show can expect a limited edition 100-minute cassette entitled Changes 999 that covers almost 20 years of career highlights and some new material.

Quintron & Miss Pussycat play the Art Basel Kick Off at Churchillís Pub with Cop City Chill Pillars, White Mystery, Rubber (O) Cement, Dino Felipe on Thursday, December 5. $10, 8pm.   RSVP

~Hans Morgenstern  |  The Independent Ethos

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