#24] Mike Dillonís Go-go Jungle:
Mandana Beigi Battery Milk
Mike Dillons personal history is just as interesting as his musical background.
Born and raised in Houston, Dillon was a member of the essential Texas bands:
Billy Goat, and Hairy Apes BMX - though, his musical journey continued on with
experimental groups such as The Malachy Papers, Critters Buggin, and Garage A
Trois. Dillon, a percussionist by trade, re-discovered the vibraphone while overcoming
drug addiction. Having no more gear to pawn except his vibes, he entered into
his own special rehab by learning to play Thelonious Monks Well
2006 was a busy year for Dillon, who was recording and touring the world as a
percussionist with both Ani DiFranco and Les Claypools Frog Brigade. It
was also the year in which he put together his current band, Mike Dillons
Go-Go Jungle. The groups debut album, Battery Milk, will be released on
the Brooklyn-based independent label, HYENA Records in January 2007.
Opening the album with the soul-inspired Go-Gos Theme, the band
then moves on to Brocs Last Stand a soul/jazz inspired
tune exuding the old school spirit and Dillons acid-tinged vibe work. The
eerie sound of Mark Southerlands saxophone adds something very special to
The Blame Game, a spoken-word track with a spacey electronica feel
to it. The metal and punk irreverence moments are heard on Stupid Americans,
Lunatic Express, and Bad Man.
Mike Dillons Go-Go Jungle has done exactly what bands need to do on their
debut records: just being themselves and not making cookie-cutter music to fill
up space on the album! Battery Milk is fun to listen to and the bands genuine
musicianship certainly comes through.