Equal parts jazz-punk visionary, vibraphone extraordinaire, percussion prodigy, and hyper active band leader, Telluride Jazz Festival veteran Mike Dillon released his first studio effort since releasing Urn in 2012 today. Band of Outsiders is a truly eclectic mix of road tested fan favorites like “Hero The Burro,” “Carly Hates the Dubstep,” and “Great Lakes Tuna,” as well as fresh new tracks like “Head,” “Missing,” and “All Walks of Life” that will be welcomed additions to the live rotation.
Dillon’s long history of unhinged genre blending and collaborations shows now signs of slowing down. The audible eccentricities of Les Claypool, breakneck jazz with Garage a Trois, and sonic experimentation of The Dead Kenny G’s and Hairy Apes BMX all have rubbed off on Dillon in the right ways to result in a New Orleaster storm of a record.
Yet Band of Outsiders also sees a newly found level of refinement and cohesion that can be attributed to gigging hundreds of shows with recording and touring lineup Carley Meyers (trombone), Adam Gertner (drums), and Patrick McDevitt (bass). The young bandmates of Dillon can claim past Telluride Student Jazz All-Stars Ensemble affiliation, but their true education has been on the road for the past two years and over 400 shows. With a rhythm section able to fold punk rock over funk-laced go-go, only to drop into ska movements and even retro hip-hop beats, the spaces in between see Dillon’s oddball yet prolific lyrics accompanied by effected brass and endless non-traditional drum work.
Yet if you want to hear the true inspiration for the album, you need to ask Mike: “Two tours of Mexico and a steady dose of Brazilian music was the jumping off point for these new songs,” says Dillon. “Add our love for The Melvins, Deerhoof, Bad Brains, Dead Kennedys, Trouble Funk and all things New Orleans and this album surpasses our intention to make the freakiest, most vibrant dance music on the planet.”
For more information and to purchase Band of Outsiders click here. Catch Mike Dillon and Carley Meyers performing at this year’s Telluride Jazz Fest as DVS along with Johnny Vidacovich and James Singleton.