The Mike Dillon Band

The Mike Dillon Band

The Mike Dillon Band: Mike Dillon is one of the most dynamic and multifaceted percussionists in the country, best known for his unforgettable live performances, unorthodox percussion rig and distinct original sound. Over the last 27 years, his creative song-writing and the artists he has worked with – – on tour, stage or in the studio – – reveal his eclectic musical inspiration and skillful versatility with Galactic, Karl Denson, Charlie Hunter, James Singleton, George Porter Jr. and Johnny Vidocavich. His individual projects: Critter’s Buggin’, Garage A Trois, Billy Goat, Hairy Apes BMX, Malachy Papers, Dead Kenny G’s, and his latest, The Mike Dillon Band.

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  1. Doris Anthony

    Mike Dillon Band: Look up punk jazz in the dictionary and next to it you’ll find a picture of its patron saint Mike Dillon. The vibraphonist/percussionist/ vocalist/MC has been in perpetual motion for over 20 years now. From his time spent with the late ’80s MTV buzz band Billy Goat to cult faves Hairy Apes BMX to his current role in the post rock behemoth Garage A Trois, Dillon has amassed a die hard fan base that embraces his freewheeling mash up of sounds and styles. On one hand he exudes the musical chops absorbed from countless hours spent with Milt Jackson records, on the other he thrashes about with visions of Iggy Pop hard-wired to his frontal cortex. In that spirit, his latest solo album, Urn, pushes the envelope even further. After assembling a new band from his current hometown of New Orleans, Dillon toured the group relentlessly for the first half of 2012 before ducking into a Kansas City recording studio and cutting the album straight to tape. The results are vibrational as the best analog records always are: “DVS” and “Ding Dong The Party Is Over” radiate with a ska pulse and surf punk abandon; “Leather On” is a definitive post modern freak anthem; “Saturn Returns” shows why Dillon was Les Claypool’s perfect foil for all those years in the Frog Brigade; “Cedar” slowly uncoils in a mad existential bender through India. Mike Dillon has made the rare album that can be both the party starter turned up loud in the house and the weird headphone record for the end of the night after everyone’s gone home. In all of his multi-dimensional sonic glory, Mike Dillon succeeds at exactly that.