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FEATURING MEMBERS OF KING CRIMSON
TONY LEVIN AND PAT MASTELOTTO,
AND TOUCH GUITAR INNOAVATOR MARKUS REUTER
RETURN TO MONTREAL
Stick Men is a band like no other. Admittedly, this is an overused description, but it is the only way to describe the band properly. Over the backdrop of intricate electroacoustic percussive soundscapes composed by drummer Pat Mastelotto (Mr. Mister, King Crimson, The Rembrandts, XTC, Martin Briley, and several hundred others), their melodic constructions are built only using instruments of the tapping family, masterfully, virtuously and beautifully executed by one of the most celebrated session bassists in the world, Tony Levin (Peter Gabriel, King Crimson, John Lennon, Paul Simon, Chuck Mangione, Lou Reed, David Bowie, and several thousand others, and their moms) and one of the most creative composers and producers of the past twenty years, psychologist, musicologist, instrument designer and multi-instrumentalist Markus Reuter (Centrozoon, Europa String Choir, This Fragile Moment, and a over a hundred other genre-defying collaborations). Their music is virtuosic and high-tech, yet spiritual and organic. Deeply complex, yet beautifully sensible. Abrasively rocking, yet soothingly melodic. It is progressive music, and it is rock music, but it is not Prog-Rock in the dinosauric sense of the genre. The sum is much, much larger than the parts. They achieve what few other bands in the art-rock realm achieve in this post-modern, post-truth era: Resonance. Without that resonance, that ability to create memorable music, I wouldn’t be writing this essay
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