Organist and machinist, it would seem Robert Rolston, aka Quintron, brings quite a bit to the table when performing with his wife Miss Pussycat.
The couple will be dropping in on the Pilot Light in the Old City tonight with Fine Peduncle, Daddy Don't and Shockwave Riderz.
The New Orleans artist has been pumping out noise rock since the '90s and frequently bills himself with his wife Panacea Pussycat. The two met in New Orleans and have opened up several different clubs together.
Miss Pussycat also holds great interest in puppet use. She opened up shows at her Pussycat Caverns venue by performing a puppet show set with her puppet band Flossy and the Unicorns. Quintron eventually joined her and they began playing together as a musical duo.
Bob Bucko, Jr., owner of Personal Archives records, said the duo mixes gimmicks and music.
"The grit and grime dripping off his bent Rhodes/Hammond hybrid more than make up for any guitar distortion, and the songs take you on a swampy detour through everything that's bad and dirty about rock 'n' roll," Bucko said. "Quintron somehow manages to surpass his admittedly innovative gimmicks with solid tunes and a bizarre sense of showmanship that is accentuated by the equally fantastical creations of Miss Pussycat."
Quintron has additionally invented multiple mechanical devices to assist him on stage. The duo's music consists of frequent organ use for which Rolston created "The Spit Machine." The device uses saliva as a tuning conductor for a hand organ.
Rolston's most famous creation, Drum Buddy, is a light activated drum machine that also has its own infomercial show. Drum Buddy backs Miss Pussycat in various puppet shows from time to time.
"I've always built my own equipment," Quintron told Radio Lomax in Oct. 2012. "Everything I have is either changed by me or built. I think if your really looked into it, I think most bands, most musicians... every band specialize their equipment in some way, I just took it to an extreme."
The pair utilize Quintron's inventions while creating their analog sound that has developed its own genre known as "Swamp Tech."
The genre shares a name with their 2006 album described by Pitchfork's Brian Howe as "nasty, chicken-fried electro grooves ... through a pep rally of stupid/funny chant-alongs," in his Jan. 6, 2006 review.
"Swamp Tech" also presents Quintron and Miss Pussycat's own version of Kiss' "God of Thunder" on top of original scores, such as "Squirrel Garden" and "Love is Like a Blob."
When off tour, Quintron and Miss Pussycat run the Spellcaster Lodge in New Orleans' ninth ward. Rolston wrote a song entitled "9th Ward Breakdown" that predicted the massive human impact a disaster would have on the area years before Hurricane Katrina hit.
Supporting acts Fine Peduncle, Daddy Don't and Shockwave Riderz complement the unique sounds of the headliner with their own brands of hazy noise rock. Fine Peduncle and Daddy Don't both hail from the Knoxville area with Shockwave Riderz coming from Pittsburgh to join the lineup.
Jason Boardman of the Pilot Light said the show Quintron puts on is unlike any other.
"It's difficult to describe what an incredible show they put on," Boardman said. "Mr. Quintron is like a mad scientist with his flashing, spinning, homemade music devices, masquerading as a sleazy lounge organist. He's accompanied by surrealist puppeteer Miss Pussycat – and her puppets, as there is always a live puppet show mid set – singing backup and playing maracas.
"It's like a high-energy carnival sideshow act you can dance to. (It's) truly amazing."
The show starts at 10 p.m. for ages 18 and older. There is a $10 cover charge at the door.