Eccentric trio Drums and Tuba
return to Cincinnati this week for what should be one of the more unusual shows to check out locally
. Those still lamenting the loss of Dayton's Tooba Blooze over a decade ago will be happy to know that the tuba's place in Rock & Roll is alive and well in the music of this New York-based group. The band members -- who are on the road supporting Mostly Ape
, their latest offering for Ani DiFranco's Righteous Babe Records -- ply a deliciously experimental brand of instrumental Indie Rock, with sheets and stabs of slanted guitar, off-kilter rhythms, a gurgle of electronic influence and, yes, a tuba, which provides the "bass" lines to the band's unique sound. The tuba is a nice "hook," but it's the band's crafty compositional skills and exploratory mind-set that will keep you coming back for more.
Thursday at The Mad Frog.