Milwaukee quartet the Scarring Party perform tuba, accordion and banjo driven end time music that draws on the influence of 20's and 30's music hall, Lomax folkways recordings and 70's punk. The quartet has attracted a growing following and shared a stage with a diverse range of acts, including Daniel Johnston, Why?, Tilly & the Wall, the Polyphonic Spree, the Ditty Bops, Cake and Southern Culture on the Skids.
Though the Scarring Party performances combine low-key showmanship with vaudevillian spectacle, the more confounding part of their aesthetic is the role of toy piano, typewriters, 40lb cast iron bells, the theremin-howl of mandolins, a host of Christopher Roberts' unorthodox percussion instruments and Daniel Bullock's warbling tenor delivered through the crackling victrola veneer of a hand-built copper microphone. While their sound and aesthetic may recall an age gone by, the Scarring Party's unique voice rests comfortably outside of the confines of any era.
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