If you were at Knitting Factory tonight, you got a trio of entertainment forms. You have the experimental musical stylings of BOBBY, you have projected artistic images and the celebration of Cinco de Mayo. As we know, Cinco de Mayo is when St. Mayo drove five big snakes out of Tijuana using a mariachi band while wearing a big sombrero.
The Massachusetts-based collective are a fairly new band as founded by Tom Greenberg and featuring Molly Sarle of the popular vocal group Mountain Man. When I use the term experimental, that's a code word for "I have no idea what genre of music this lies under". Then I have to admit that music shouldn't need to be defined by genres. With the sparse guitars and a few electronic samplers, keyboards and processors, BOBBY does a fine of job making all that weirdness come together. It does help that Sarle's whoops and moans gives their set an other worldly quality.
Although the band doesn't have an album or EP for our enjoyment yet (out June 21), but the crowd got excited for the catchy tune Sore Spores with his freaky theramin line undercutting the whimsy. It's a good example of what Bobby does, in that they take these odd bits and pieces and bring them together to make something listenable. There was one song that has circus-like interlude that caught my ear
As for the back projection, I caught snippets of Twin Peaks, Brazil, Videodrome, Pee-Wee's Big Advenuture and Big Trouble of Little China. When I was a kid, I might have saw Big Trouble of Little China like 5 or 7 times in short span.
In any event, BOBBY will be back in June when they open up for Thao & Mirah at Music Hall of Williamsburg on June 8 and First Unitarian Church in Philly on June 9.