Together, Mike Dillon & Punkadelick have conjured Inflorescence, an album of heady, post rock and punk jazz highlighting a band deep in the throes of creative freedom, road-tested and wild. The ten track collection is expansive, focused & fearless, representing a world where Duke Ellington & Augustus Pablo rub shoulders with crate-digger exotica, the freak-funk of Parliament and the ‘anything fits’ outsider ethos of acid-fried punks like The Meat Puppets. This is one powerful trio featuring: Mike Dillon (Ricki Lee Jones, Ani DiFranco, Les Claypool) on vibraphone, marimba, Prophet 6, congas, and bongos, family to the proGam, Mr. Brian Haas (Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey) on Fender Rhodes, piano, bass Moog and melodica and Nikki Glaspie (Beyonce, Nth Power) on drums, cymbals and vocals, Punkadelick is the unified vision of six hands creating a world that often sounds like the work of an ensemble three times the size.
It is always nice to get a chance to talk with family to the proGram, Mike Dillon, especially when he is brining one of his projects to town. This time around he comes to Madison March 18th at the High Noon Saloon with the trio Punkadelick. Also on the bill is another pal to the show, Marco Benevento. The day we were chatting is the day of the Kansas City Chiefs Super Bowl championship parade and well..it’s in there. Perfect vibration of the day moments. We get into the who and the what of the event and then we get deep into the coming toGether of Punkadelick’s new record Inflorescence (out now on Royal Potato Family), including dissecting the track & Video (put together by Mike’s wife Peregrine Honig), “Pandas“. We even have time for some real talk and Mike builds a setlist around one track he choses off the new album. Priceless time spent talking music.