Bourgeois Mystics: a genre-defying dance party waiting to explode
Bourgeois Mystics were founded in 2014 by four multifaceted Austin musicians. Their idiosyncratic sound soon set them on a successful national tour. They have performed at more than 150 shows and shared a bill with the likes of George Clinton and their Zappa-esque stage presence grabs your full attention and leaves you wanting more.
In advance of their show at LogOn Cafe in Beaumont, Cat5 caught up with Squiggly Finesse, keyboard player and vocalists for the self described “personal growth cult,” to talk about the band, their style and what’s coming next.
Q: So it’s not your first time in Beaumont?
A: This is our third time playing LogOn Cafe but our first time bringing the whole band along. We love the venue and Chantell (Cattell, Event and Operations Coordinator at The Logon Cafe) is an angel!
Q: How would you describe the atmosphere and sound of the band to someone who hasn’t seen you perform?
A: We are a genre-defying dance party waiting to explode. We play progressive funk rock hip hop and flirt with even more genres and present it with all the energy of a punk show.
Our audience can expect corny jokes, epic guitar solos, fat drum beats and an unmatched performative ferocity. Our shows display the tongue-in-cheek humor of a psychedelic Monty Python and an absurdest splatter of funk-rock, hip-hop, and jazz.
Q: How did you come up with the band’s name?
A: I came up with the name, Bourgeois Mystics while working at a crystal shop — more commercial warehouse than shop. Psychic practitioners and tarot readers and angelic conduits and other “spiritually endowed” cut from the same cloth would set up and sell “higher spiritual truths” to those who could afford it. I was fascinated by the commodification of people’s spirituality and how readily they outsourced their inherent wisdom to artifacts and seers.
Q: Who are the members of the new 10-piece line-up?
A: We have Squiggly Finesse on the keys, vox, nonsensical rambling and human resources. We have Tonto Luigi on guitar, talk box, scheming and plundering. We have Rodney Plush on drums, raps, and corporate lobbying. We have Mathilda Bilderberg on bass, crystal gazing, accounting and band stenographer. We have Duane Barry on aux percussion and deadpan sarcasm. We have Countess Von Boopenstein: vox, author of “From Selfish to Sociopath in 50 Easy Manipulations.” We have Oochie Galluccio on vox, manic smiling, and glamorous distractions. We have Goldman Saxon sax, price fixing and planned obsolescence. Count Chubbard is on trombone and intimidation tactics. Last but not least, Flannel Farrakhan on trumpet and conspiracy fabrication.
Q: Who would you say are your biggest influences?
A: Our biggest influences are Frank Zappa, Father John Misty, Tom Waits, Hiatus Kaiyote, OutKast, MF DOOM, St. Vincent, Death Grips, Ten Years After Talking Heads, Igor Stravinsky, John Coltrane, Dr. John, Black Star, John CageTower of Power, Thelonious Monk, Jacques Brel, J.S. Bach, BATTLEHOOCH, D’Angelo, Allman Brothers, Maurice Ravel, Sam Cooke, Fela Kuti, Ghost B.C., Miles Davis, Atmosphere and Ravi Shankar.
Q: What were some from the highlights from 2018?
A: We released our first music video which won big at Austin Music Video Festival. The cover of Bollywood classic, “Jaan Pehechan Ho” was nominated for two awards and won the Keepin’ It Weird Award at the 2018 Austin Music Video Fest.
Q: Are you working on any other projects right now?
A: We have an EP set to drop later this year, and a full-length album set to release next year. Also, we are releasing several singles and video content in the meantime.