A SAVANNAH appearance by Quintron & Miss Pussycat has become something of a Savannah holiday tradition. For the past three years, the New Orleans-based duo have hit the Hostess City sometime in November or December, bringing their scintillating quirks, technicolor acid-trip fashion sense, and traveling bizarro universe with them; this go-round at Dollhouse promises to be no different.
For fifteen years, the pair have been pushing the boundaries of dance and noise music. Though they’re often labeled “swamp rock,” Quintron & Miss Pussycat’s results differ greatly from Lowcountry bands like Black Tusk that often use that identifier as well: Quintron & Miss P’s is a lo-fi, grimy kind of Louisiana-as-a-space-station sound that tunnels into your ear and won’t leave until you’ve collapsed from dancing.
Live, Quintron is at the helm of a collection of synthesizers and homemade instruments. From his 1999 creation The Drum Buddy, a rotating five-oscillator, light-activated drum machine (which he’s reproduced for DJ Mr. Dibs of Atmosphere, Portlandia’s Fred Armisen, and Laurie Anderson) to the Weather Warlock, a recent project in which a drone synthetize is controlled by sensors that respond to changes in weather, Quintron’s wizardry and high-energy performance make him an unstoppable force.
Quintron and Miss Pussycat first met at her puppet theater/nightclub, Pussycat Caverns, in New Orleans. Miss Pussycat first studied puppetry with Christian Youth Ministry and honed her skills over the years, leading up to a lasting collaboration with Quintron. Typically, a Quintron & Miss Pussycat show will begin with a puppet show; then, it’s onto the concert, with Miss Pussycat dancing, singing, and shaking maracas alongside Q’s setup.
Beyond their annual show, the Savannah ties go even deeper: Miss Pussycat just released a puppet show soundtrack, Anthropomorphizer, on Savannah-based Terror Vision Records in July. A label dreamt up by Ryan Graveface of Graveface Records, Terror Vision specializes in releasing obscure movie soundtracks on vinyl and films on VHS. The first pressing of Terror Vision Original Productions, Anthropomorphizer is a new view into the world of Miss Pussycat’s puppets. Without the aid of visuals, the record focuses on Miss Pussycat’s absurd and clever storytelling abilities; the voice acting, paired with a buzzy synth soundtrack, makes it a warped and all-encompassing listening experience (try it on a road trip!).
With Graveface’s taste for one-of-a-kind, limited vinyl releases, Anthropomorphizer was released with 100 copies on 180-gram black vinyl, 300 copies on Birthday Cake Pink and Puppet Purple, 100 on Spirit World Yellow & Anthropomorphizer Red; packaged in a gatefold jacket, the inner sleeve featured full-color liner notes from both Miss Pussycat and Graveface.
The collaboration doesn’t stop there: Miss Pussycat will be working with Terror Vision once again to release three of her puppet films on VHS. The first, The Mystery in the Old Bathbath, is already available, and features beloved puppets Trixie and the Tree Trunks. Limited to 100 copies, snag your own copy of the purple VHS tape in classic clamshell packaging.
For their last two Savannah shows, Miss Pussycat has performed a puppet show in which a doe-eyed Christmas Bear enters a baking contest. Demented, psychedelic, and side-splittingly hilarious, it’s an old favorite, but this time, Miss Pussycat has a new performance in store."It is about a princess that moves to Goblinburg and is having a hard time finding a place to live," Miss Pussycat explains. "The buildings can talk. There are some very special voices in the soundtrack. Rat Bastard from Miami is the voice of a hill and Constance McEnaney of WRBH is the voice of the princess. The puppet theater has a surprise for you." “The Happy Castle of Goblinburg” promises a Bear Witch, complex housing issues, blonde eyebrows, and a new inflatable puppet theater that talks. After a long holiday weekend, could your weekday get any better?
Quintron & Miss Pussycat, Twisty Cats, The Lipschitz
When: Wednesday, December 2 @ 8 p.m.
Where: Dollhouse Productions
Cost: $8 advance via Eventbrite.com, $10 at the door