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COTFG: Thinking Plague (Cuneiform)
Salvage Vanguard Theater
Austin, TX
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COTFG: Thinking Plague (Cuneiform)
Thinking Plague is a musical group - perhaps enterprise is a better word  that has been in existence since roughly 1982. Our music has always been difficult to describe in words. One of our older band "bio sheets" begins:

Thinking Plague is a musical group from Colorado that explores the frontiers where rock, folk, jazz and modern symphonic music meet. Through these explorations, the band has created "a genre of music unto itself, eclectically derivative in a bold way and spectacularly innovative in the old-fashioned sense of genuine originality" (Andy Watson - Journal Wired Summer/Fall 1990). Thinking Plague's music combines lyricism with intense and sophisticated rhythmic and harmonic ideas. Their influences cover a spectrum ranging from Beatles and Byrds to Henry Cow and William Schuman. At moments the sound of Thinking Plague may begin to resemble pop or jazz music only to be stretched or "morphed" in the next instant into new regions that often defy categorization. The songs have often been compared to modern film music (with vocals), and can seem like journeys through an inner world.

That must suffice as a basic introduction. The band's existence and activity has always been a changeable thing, alternating between periods of intense writing, rehearsing, recording, performing and quite a lot of incubation and hibernation. The main reason for this "un-band-like" career is the virtual impossibility of the member musicians generating sufficient income from TP alone to support themselves  a condition of existence about which we could complain endlessly, and to no avail. We do know that we are nevertheless fortunate to have a very widespread, if not too huge, following of dedicated fans and supporters, who really do appreciate our music. But as a result of our apparent "inaccessibility" for the average listener, TP band members have always been forced to work at day jobs (some more successfully than others), and/or have struggled to make a living from other less um ... "commercially challenged" musical endeavors, ranging from teaching to commercial session work to itinerant cover bands. All have played in various other groups and "projects", sometimes achieving a level of notoriety and relative success. None has ever made any kind of appreciable profit from Thinking Plague's record sales, performance royalties or fees from shows. Most of the proceeds have gone back into the band, recording and musical equipment, and the repayment of advances from record labels.

Also performing this night will be Austin locals, Stop Motion Orchestra
www.stopmotionorchestra.com and art rock ensemble with sax, violin, guitar, synth-bass, drums.

Wank Tribe (lead by Peter Stopschinski) interpreting graphic scores. Wank Tribe are primitive rock futurists who have developed a way to turn texts into non-judgemental instrumental graphic notation. Not the music of fantasy and ether, this is the music of reality and the rugged surface of the earth. Wank Tribe currently performs excerpts from the Kama Sutra, speeches of Martin Luther King Jr., and trending topics from today's headlines.

The Kraken Quartet (Chris Demetriou, Andrew Dobos, Taylor Eddinger, Sean Harvey) playing a short set of pieces by Thinking Plague drummer, Robin Chestnut


Salvage Vanguard Theater (View)
2803 Manor Rd.
Austin, TX 78722
United States


Arts > Performance
Music > Experimental

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


Owner: COTFG
On BPT Since: May 29, 2011

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