Brindley Brothers present:
MH & His Orchestra
Paperhaus, Atoka Chase
815 V St. NW
Washington, DC, 20001
MH & His Orchestra
Are you a ‘Honeymooner’ yet? The term, of course, being the affectionate sobriquet for the wildly enthusiastic and dedicated fans of M.H. & His Orchestra.
One could easily throw a "musical chairs" allusion into the formation of this group: from a one man project to a 44 piece orchestra then finally resting as ten person touring band-- it's impossible to escape the notion that this has shaped what Sounds of RVA calls their "ever-shifting wall of sound". One could also employ the monstrous power of a rolling train to describe their onstage show- which is fitting because that’s where they all met.
It’s true, half of this band of world class musicians belonged to fellow bandmate Lucy LaCoeur who provided live entertainment on rails owned by her father- others by way of kismet or deus ex machina followed suite and soon, the man in white, M.H. -or- Max Holiday. It was Holiday himself who described the group’s formation as “A romantic folly; a honeymoon.” but that plays lightly the work and energy put into the spectacle that is: M.H. & His Orchestra…
“Sound experimentation executed by instrumentalists that actually know what they're doing.”
Examiner said of their 2012 debut release: The Throes, a short and sweet orchestral pop travelogue of songs that allude to the bands formation “The Train” and the humorous, irate musings of M.H. “Cobblestone”. Quickly they began traversing the Mid Atlantic from DC’s 9:30 Club to Brooklyn’s Spike Hill with their enigmatic live act: strings, horns, woodwinds and a tight rhythm section blasting behind M.H.’s distinctive baritone croon and LaCoeur and Lady Viorii’s lush harmonies often morphing into audience interactive gestures and theatric monologues.
“They are one of the few bands in D.C. who go above and beyond their performance duties and truly make their live shows into an experience.”
D.C. Music Download
Now, after 2 years of touring and a few cosmetic adjustments the group is nestled in the Nation’s Capitol: Washington, D.C. culling their hushed sophomore release: AGITPOP which makes musical pun of the Soviet concept, art as propaganda and features a slew of politically, socially and funkily oriented songs that still adhere to the band’s trademark eccentric brand of humor and melody. It may all seem overwhelming, it’s safe to assume the band likes it that way but don’t be afraid to catch a ride on “The Train”- - in the words of NPR’s Bob Boilen, a night with M.H. & His Orchestra is: “always a fabulous night”.
If you’ve spent time around the D.C. music scene over the past five years, you’ve heard of Paperhaus. They’re a band founded by longtime musical partners Alex Tebeleff and Eduardo Rivera. Over the course of two EPs and multiple national tours, they’ve worked their way up as one of the most well-known live bands in the city. Danny Bentley and Matt Dowling joined the band in 2014, adding a new edge and energy to the band as a relentless and powerful rhythm section.
In tandem, they’ve feverishly worked to host local and touring bands from around the globe at their home/practice space/DIY haven, which is called the Paperhaus as well. All the shows are packed. Yes, after years of critics sitting on the sidelines writing about “how everything sucks so bad now” in the D.C. scene, there’s a DIY space that has survived and thrived in a way that has not been witnessed in quite some time. Since the emergence of the Paperhaus, there are now dozens of DIY house venues across the city, making D.C. the country’s most thriving and active DIY music scene.
Paperhaus (the band and the DIY space) share the same spirit and commitment to building a creative community. The band's self-titled debut full-length album, to be released in February 2015, has multiple singers. Taking cues from psychedelic-inclined bands like CAN, King Crimson, Deerhunter, and Lower Dens, mixed with pop elements from Radiohead, Talking Heads, The Smiths and Real Estate, the songs on Paperhaus' forthcoming album act as pieces that stride throughout a frantic room filled with sweaty, amped showgoers who just realized that music is about people in a room experiencing a common feeling. This is very important and unique in an age where entertainment consumers have been trained to believe that bite-sized, sugary and alone is best.
The album was written over a period of two years. Most of it was composed through intense improvisation sessions and finished on stages and in basements across the country during their 2013 national tour in support of their EP, Lo Hi Lo. The themes of the album are discovering your place in the world, creating a better awareness of yourself and the world around you, and mind expansion via whatever means necessary. This might come across to some as a bunch of hippie bullshit, but Paperhaus is not a band comprised of hippies. They’ve been much more informed by the punk ethos and the music that followed in response to the psychedelic scene of the 1960s.
Paperhaus has shared the stage with bands like The War On Drugs, Caveman, Man Man, Here We Go Magic, Woods, The Love Language, Majical Cloudz, Moon King, Widowspeak, Those Darlins, Desert Noises and Deleted Scenes over the course of hundreds of shows around the country in the past four years.
Atoka Chase is a road. Atoka Chase is a duo. Atoka Chase is the place you find yourself after drinking just enough whiskey to realize you've been conversing with the Devil.