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The best kept secret in music

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"Liquidrone Live at the Big Top review"

"...they just rocked. You must see them immediately....

....but not if you have a closed mind, are impatient, or have a long attention span. Liquidrone changed moods(sad, angry, sexy, whimsical, smart-ass) every song, and they stopped and went many times mid-song. All you ADD people--this is your band. " - liveneworleans.com • Jason Songe


"Twist On a Drone"

"This lineup just released Liquidrone (C Student), more of a rock 'n' roll album than Bingo!. Rhythm and blues is at the core of these songs, whether it's the "Funky Drummer"-like drum loop that opens "Funnel" or the spiritually ecstatic feel of "Church of Mary." But there's also an avant-garde undercurrent, with textures, stray notes, and even structural touches countering the dominant riff and rhythm. On "Fools and Their Fences," there's looped drum pattern and a repeating banjo melody in the verse, while a quiet, haunting synthesizer part meanders, seemingly disconnected from the song. Almost four minutes into the song, the banjo fades and the synthesizer part swells and takes over as the dominant melody instrument until Maedgen steps in with an extended saxophone solo." - Offbeat Magazine


"Liquidrone Jazzfest Review"

"The band dazzled at its first Jazz Fest spot last month, and added live dancers and projected film images to the already spectacular (in the sense of 'a spectacle') live show. With an R&B base augmented by synthesizers, drum machine and found-object instrumentation (including, among other things, a doggie toy and toolbox), a Liquidrone show is as much theater as rock 'n' roll." - GambitWeekly


"The Buzz"

Why do you go to a live show?

If your answer is to hear a new band, to hear X, Y, or Z, then go buy a CD. Buy something built in a lab and/or produced by millionaires. I promise it will sound better. The correct answer (and I will hear no dissent) is to feel something. You don't go to the show to hear the band, you go to the show to feel the band. To experience something. To have your brain inject illicit chemicals into your bloodstream. To feel something new.

I could tell you that Liquidrone is an eclectic blend of rock, jazz, and carnival madness. I could tell you that it is the brainchild of Clint Maegden, the labor of love, hard fought, and held close to the hearts of brilliant musicians praying that the world will one day understand what they are doing. But all of that is meaningless. What matters is someone was sitting in a Liquidrone show and whispering to his girlfriend, "This is our Al Green."

If you consider yourself a New Orleans person, if you tell people you're from New Orleans, if you brag about your drinking prowess, if you eat Hubig Pies, if you think you know the scene, if you have any attachment at all to the city, any at all, if you do any of these things and have not seen Liquidrone play more than once, you are a poser. A poser, complete and total. I cannot help you. Something is happening here. Something beautiful and something important. People are pouring every ounce of themselves into something on a stage and if you aren't there to see it then what are you doing? Are you sitting at home bitching about how bad American Idol sucks? Men are painting their faces in white and carrying megaphones. Beautiful women are standing on a stage and shining lights into the face of one of the most brilliant musicians you will ever hear. Everyone is feeling something together and it is the closest thing we evolved monkeys will ever get to the freedom of our progenitors.

This is New Orleans. This is original music. People come from all over the world just to be immersed in this sea of...whatever it is. We are not L.A. We do not pump out commercial successes like Whoppers; we are the real deal. Feel free to walk around the corner and listen to a girl in a tight shirt croak out the lyrics to Sweet Child O' Mine. Go ahead and listen to the guy on the corner barf out yet another rendition of a Louis Armstrong song. Go to the nouveau-metal band who sounds exactly like what radio wants to hear. But realize you are missing the boat, my friend. The mad carnival of Liquidrone is an experience to be envied. Kids in Africa are starving for that kind of music. If you leave it on your plate then you are truly committing a sin.
-JM - Six Ten Split


Discography

Factory - 1999
Liquidrone - 2004, ep

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Bio

Born out of the Baton Rouge Alternative Theatre group of the mid-nineties, Liquidrone has been a guitar punk band, an avant-jazz mingus influenced junkyard horn band, and an experimental noise group, all of which influence its current and truest version as a semi electronic organ based rock outfit that doesn't shun any stylistic influence and manages to make the whole brew sound inherently original. Since becoming a New Orleans band in the late 90's, Liquidrone has embraced the New Orleans underground and found itself at home in the dirty streets. The Liquidrone family has expanded since, to include other projects. These include Bones, The New Orleans Bingo! Show, and the Noise Parade. As a whole they represent a sort of "Louisiana Music" for a younger generation, taking influence from life in and the music of southern Louisiana without separating the influence of the goths, punks, and street sounds of Decatur street from old-school New Orleans second line rhythms and 50's and 60's New Orleans rock and soul. The result is unclichéd, raucus party music sounding completely like New Orleans, yet not like anything you've ever heard before. Liquidrone's live shows shift seamlessly from subtle, delicate melodies to ferocious chaos. Echoes of old barrelhouse beats, Motown, ambient noise, and carnival music are delivered with a punk rock intensity.