The Margots

The Margots

The Margots are a new ensemble organized to develop and
record the songs of Adrienne Pierluissi, a contemporary
painter living in Milwaukee. In addition to Ms.
Pierluissi, the band includes a set of musicians who
represent a wide range of critically acclaimed bands
from Chicago and Milwaukee. All are long­standing
members of these cities' creative music scenes (Tim
Daisy [drums], John Dereszynski [guitar], Nick Macri
[electric bass], Rick Reger [keyboards], Ken Vandermark
[reeds]), and perform in groups as varied as Made To
Break, Audio One, Stirrup, Vox Arcana, and Wereworm.
The Margots first album, released by Okka Disk in May
of 2013 and called Pescado, was developed through a
process of collaboration between Adrienne Pierluissi
and Ken Vandermark, who called upon his years of
experience working with the Dutch group, The Ex, to
create his first arrangements for a vocalist. John
Dereszynski provided the harmonic foundation for the
pieces, and the Margots explored these elements as a
group to make them their own. The music was recorded
and mixed by Bob Weston in Chicago during August of
2012 and January of 2013. Joe McPhee [recitation], Jen
Paulson [viola], and Tomeka Reid [cello] were added to
the second set of recordings, expanding the scope of
the project. The material, which can be considered as
a song cycle, was inspired in part by Robert Wyatt's,
Comicopera, and the revolutionary Tropicalia music from
The group recorded a second album for Okka Disk with
Bob Weston in April of 2014 at the Minbal studio in
Chicago. Called, Soplé, this collection of songs
showcases the accelerated growth of the ensemble, from
a unique project to a band with force that balances
South American pop music influences with the impact of
post­punk. Half the pieces are in English, the other
in Spanish, almost all them were recorded in single
takes with no instrumental or vocal overdubs.

The Margots will celebrate the release of Soplé at the
end of July with performances at The Hideout in Chicago
on July 26th and at Anodyne in Milwaukee on July 27th.
More work is scheduled ahead, including the development
of a third album which Adrienne Pierluissi has already
deemed, "A rocker!"

photo: © 2013, Jim Newberry, all rights reserved


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