Apopka/ Human Ottoman (PDX)/ Man Woman Friend Computer/ Mr Smile
Apopka the band
Apopka, a town in Florida named for "the place where potatoes are eaten," is now a band in Texas. Fresh from the triumphs of the Austin chamber rock quartet Cue, singer-songwriter Colin Swietek and multi-instrumentalist Clarke Dominick are back with this exciting new project.
Human Ottoman (Portland)
Human Ottoman is a power quartet of electric vibraphone, cello, bass and drums from Portland, Oregon.
Susan Lucia (drums) and Grayson Fiske (vibraphone) started the project in 2013. Human Ottoman has created a repertoire of raucous, rhythmically dynamic music which combines their enthusiasm for music of all cultures with modern genre-mashing sensibilities, characterized most of all by their unique instrumentation. From brain-crashing cello solos and atomic vibraphone drops to drum solos that scholars are still struggling to understand, Human Ottoman is bringing polyrhythmic rock to the masses.
"Meditative and fetching. . . Wistful and romantic. . . [Thomas] Echols' vocals sooth to submission" -the Austin Chronicle