Minibeast is a new trio led by Peter Prescott, the drummer and singer of influential postpunks Mission of Burma and Volcano Suns. With Minibeast, as he did in the short-lived 1990s unit Kustomized, Prescott has stepped out from the kit to front the band as a guitarist and keyboardist. The resulting sound is, as Burma and Suns fans would expect, reliably rocking and highly innovative; the band’s website describes it as a combination of “surf, psych, punk, easy listening, ’60s children’s music, and soundtrack influences.” Insect Factory is the experimental ambient/drone project of Maryland guitarist Jeff Barksy (he’s been releasing LPs and cassettes under the IF name since 2007), while Alexander Turnquist is Hudson’s resident Minimalism-influenced acoustic guitar genius.
Here’s a track from Minibeast’s 2016 sophomore album, Free Will:
Minibeast, Insect Factory, and Alexander Turnquist will perform at the Spotty Dog Books & Ale in Hudson, New York, on August 12 at 7pm. Call for ticket price: (518) 671-6706. http://www.thespottydog.com/.