Weather Warlock is a band based around and instrument of the same name, created by New Orleans musician / inventor Quintron. The instrument is a large analog synthesizer which is controlled completely by the weather and employs sun, rain, wind, temperature, moon, and lightning to affect an F major drone chord with special sonic events occurring at sunrise and sunset. Please check out www.weatherfortheblind.org for a full explanation and live stream of the instrument.
Hear the new album, Headless Falcon, which was recorded in Abu Dhabi with musicians from that region.
Side A – Dune Basher:
Side B – Fuck The Plan-O:
The four members that make up the core band for this tour are: Quintron, Gary Wrong (Wizzard Sleeve, Kajun SS, Jeth Row records, etc), Kunal Prakash (Jeff The Brotherhood), and Aaron Hill (Eyehategod, King Louie, etc). There will also be a handful of locals from whatever town we happen to be in. To give an example, recent Weather Warlock players have included Steve Shelly (Sonic Youth), Sean Ono Lennon, Nels Cline (Wilco), Paula Henderson (Sun Ra Arkestra), M.C. Schmidt (Matmos), Jason Hodges (Suppresson, Bermuda Triangle), Barry London (Oenida), Cooper Moore, Bonnie Jones, Paul Grass (Egg Yolk Jubilee), Travis Blotsky (9th Ward Marching Band), and Luke Stewart (Sun Ra Arkestra).
HISTORY / FUTURE
This project was completed by Quintron in Captiva Florida during a May 2014 Robert Rauschenberg residency in Captiva Florida. Since these first Rauschenberg experiments, four active Weather Warlocks have been built in the United States – one in New Orleans, one in Miami Florida, one in Acra New York, and a touring instrument. Each one of these instruments is customized to the local climate and the exact location of the sensors. The latest instrument (pictured below) has new features including a keyboard, a blow tube, and white noise surf sounds.
In 2011 Quintron and Miss Pussycat (www.quintronandmisspussycat.com) installed a solo exhibition at the New Orleans Museum Of Art which focused primarily on an earlier related invention called THE DRUM BUDDY, a light activated analog drum machine. Quintron has no formal education in music or art but he did graduate from high school with a solid C average.
Most recently Weather Warlock traveled to the Abu Dhabi to perform and record their latest album, Headless Falcon (Rhinestone Records). The album is a collaboration between the core US members and a collection of 7 musicians from the Middle East, including Sherine Thomay, master of the Oud. In 2018 Weather Warlock will be part of an exhibit at the Geffon Museum of contemporary art in Los Angeles, California.
In a relative short amount of time, KPT (pronounced “KEPT”) has established himself as a definitive player in the future of electronic music. Lauded in review as “brilliant”, “among the most innovative”, an “exciting new kid on the block with his own brand of dark, hypnotic electronica” as well as having “a distinct element of unpredictability”, KPT employs an uncommon approach to both writing & performing.
Focusing on the critical live performance aspect of dance music, KPT composes unique arrangements for most events, constructing his official releases using elements from those performances. KPT has performed with the likes of Die Antwoord, Justice, The Orb, Blanck Mass (Fuck Buttons), Kirin J Callinan, My Life with The Thrill Kill Kult, Hate Dept., Savage Aural Hotbed & many more.
Jeremy Ylvisaker is an independent songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, producer, and teacher living in south Minneapolis. He is one of the stars in a constellation of local musicians and artists that partner with each other in a variety of music projects including Andrew Bird, Dosh, Guitar Party, The Cloak Ox, Gramma’s Boyfriend and Alpha Consumer.
Adept at a wildly diverse range of styles, he is influenced by Minnesota musicians including Prince (for his groovy, free-styling guitar like Jimi Hendrix), Bob Dylan (for his singing styles that illuminate lyrics that reveal interesting stories), Michael Larsen (EYEDEA), and Martin Dosh (for his multi-layering rhythms). The collision of different musical influences fire Jeremy’s imagination from lo-fi experimental, contrapuntal-Afro rhythmic music, and noise rock – all of which reside under the umbrella of Indie-rock. He uses the K.I.S.S. method while songwriting: keep it simple, silly. The best songs embed musical styles and influences into a single, simple musical expression.