And The Wiremen / Lavalier
February 25, 2011
And The Wiremen is the band of Bee and Flower (former Cordero) guitarist Lynn Wright. His music combines images of a gothic Deep South with the rhythms of South America and the grainier elements of barroom jazz and avant-pop. The band features Paul Watson (Sparklehorse, Michael Hurley, Orthotonics) on cornet and trumpet, Chris Michael/Pippin Barnett (Curlew, Nimal) on drums and percussion, Eric Eble (Cordero, Reid Paley Trio)/Tony Maimone (Pere Ubu, Mekons, Book of Knots, etc.) on bass, Andrew Megginson and Tim Ward on backing vocals, and Jon Petrow (Cloudroom, Bee and Flower) on guitar.
Lavalier is the brainchild of former Cloud Room members Dave Horowitz and Steve Milton. Conceived over the course of several years touring the globe and navigating the requisite backstage debauchery, cramped vans, and couch surfing, Milton and Horowitz developed their penchant for a melancholy, psychedelic, lo-fi sound that features seductive fuzz-slide guitars and a hypnotic accordion. Now much more than a simple side project, Lavalier has grown in size and boasts up to 15 members including: Melati Malay (guitar/vox), Terrence Caulkins (percussion/programming), Yasmin Resharmwala (keytar/vox), Nathan Haselby (upright bass) and the unique vocal stylings of Lavalier’s Brooklyn-based choir (Leah Milton, Kate Tellers, Melody Aberg, Johanna Taylor, Rachel Kauffman, and Marla Thornes).