Mike Dillon’s Band of Outsiders
How many artists can claim being praised as a “punk rock provocateur,” “jazz vibraphone visionary” and “percussion master” in the same sentence? There’s only one: Texas-native Mike Dillon. Whether through his affiliation with artists like Les Claypool and Ani DiFranco, collaborations like Garage A Trois, The Dead Kenny Gs and Critters Buggin or bands he’s fronted, including Billy Goat and Hairy Apes BMX, the one and only Mike D (as fans call him) has set his own standard for 25 years now.
His current full-time focus, Mike Dillon’s Band of Outsiders, is perhaps the perfect storm of all these past experiences. Dillon’s manic creative energy has found the perfect foil in three young New Orleans-based musicians. Carly Meyers on trombone provides harmonic counterpoint to Dillon’s vibes and percussion as she feverishly whirls about the stage driving audiences into a frenzy. The rhythm section of bassist Patrick McDevitt and drummer Adam Gertner turns on a dime from blinding punk rock assaults to deep funky go-go, skanked-out ska grooves to old school hip-hop beats with all points covered in between.
Dillon’s debut album, Urn, released on The Royal Potato Family, only hinted at where the band could go musically once it had 200-plus shows under its belt. A year later, having relentlessly toured the country, both headlining and opening for artists like Fishbone, Umphrey’s McGhee, Clutch and Marco Benevento, Mike Dillon’s Band of Outsiders has hit full stride. Dillon will release his next album entitled, Band of Outsiders, in Spring 2014.
“When jazz hits you in the face with a stack of bricks, Mike Dillon is there…twisting chaos into order before turning it back on itself again.” -Splinters & Candy
“The Mike Dillon Band is a predictably gruesome and sublime elixir of stealthy jazz vibes, street poetry raps and post |punk sonic carnage.” -Boulder Weekly
“A body in motion tends to stay in motion, at least when The Mike Dillon Band is supplying the dance music. The psychedelic rock group shakes and gyrates with heavy, vibraphone driven grooves, delivering a steady stream of infectious rhythms and hypnotic percussion.” -Pittsburgh City Paper