Rocks Off loves extreme personalities. Whether it's the serene, spiritual symphony that is Tyagaraja, or the pre-frontal lobe melting experience that is Tubby Chubcakes we just can't get enough of people who go screaming over the edge of normalcy like Thelma and Louise.
And ladies and gentlemen, the undisputed king of those people is a man who goes by the name Dr. Milo Thaddeus Pinkerton III from a New Orleans band called The Consortium of Genius.
Picking a genre for C.o.G. is daunting. To call them a comedy band is as unfair to them as it is to Weird Al., though the two share much in common. When you venture past the parodies into the album tracks that Weird Al has done, something like "Albuquerque" for example, you realize that you are dealing with a very talented musician who uses jokes like shoegazers use glasses and delay petals.
The same is true for C.o.G.. The band's mastery of genres as diverse as punk, jazz, metal, New Age, sea chanteys, ballads, and industrial is astounding. You literally never know what you're going to get musically when you put on one of their albums.
Well, you do know one thing. You know that each CD is not so much an album as an audio play with musical interludes. Each opus takes us through one hair-brained mad scientist scheme of Dr. Pinkerton's after another as he tries to take over or destroy the world with about as much success as Donald Trump had proving Obama was from Kenya.
That is the secret behind what makes C.o.G. such an amazing group. Like GWAR, they are not so much a band as a vast, multimedia experience. For instance, we thrilled to their short-lived Web series with its surprisingly high production values and guest appearances from other bands like Beth Patterson and Fatter Than Albert.
Their last album, Music for Supervillains, had a tie-in comic book that was very well put together. Hell, we even have porn based on their work. Rule 34 remains absolute.
So when we heard that Dr. Pinkerton was loading up his brain-removing machine, drumbot, and all the assorted bells and whistles that make their show an absolute must-see and were trekking across East Texas to finally play Houston, we peed a little. Of course they're playing Super Happy Fun Land - where else in Houston do you stick a combination of Bill Nye the Science Guy and David Lee Roth?
To see is to believe. Rocks Off is pleased to welcome Dr. Pinkerton live via satellite from his evil lair for an interview.
Rocks Off: What exactly can Houston expect from the Consortium of Genius seminar, Dr. Pinkerton?
Dr. Milo Thaddeus Pinkerton III: Houston has no idea what it is in for! We of the C.o.G. have waited so long to unleash our music upon the state of Texas that the shock of seeing and hearing the Consortium of Genius will likely be much like sonic defibrillation for your brain - or as my colleague Dr. Z would put it, "like a series of sneezes, but infinitely more pleasant!"
Also, as an aside, everything outside of Super Happy Fun Land will most likely be utterly destroyed in the course of the performance, so therefore I highly advise everybody to be inside that building on April 30th! Anyone attending the show will be protected, of course, by our acoustical frequency shielding.
RO: How exactly is music like mad science?
Dr. MTPIII: In case you didn't get the memo, Music = science! Modern music is completely codependent upon science and technology. We of the Consortium of Genius have merely taken the next logical step in striving to understand, harness and control these forces of musical energy.
Correctly focused, music can enlighten the mind, vibrate the skin, cause involuntary spasms, break bones, combust internal organs, and of course simultaneously entertain enlightened minds whilst lulling idiots into a false sense of rhythm... Ideally all within the same song.
RO: Why has it taken so long to bring C.o.G. to Houston?
Dr. MTPIII : We have actually attempted twice before to squeeze out our scientific splendor upon Space City, and every time some awful calamity befell us back at the Secret Lab.
The first time, radioactive roaches attempted to take over the Lab and overload our fusion reactor. That truly was an unpleasant day, and the less said about that, the better.
The second time, the east wing of the Secret Lab was sealed off by the automatic fire hazard safety systems and subsequently sealed solid with spray foam, after which we discovered it had all been due to Dr. Lester McLummox's unauthorized haggis barbecue experiment. Fortunately for all of us, the foam turned out to be more edible than the barbecue...
RO: Is the Web series still happening in any capacity?
Dr. MTPIII: The series based upon our exploits has been shot in its entirety, but each time the network censors go through it, they are so outraged by its content that 99.3% of the show gets edited away, resulting in mere seconds of viewable footage! Unfortunately for them, we refuse to rein in our behavior, and therein lies the quandary.
Fortunately, we intend to release a DVD documenting our recent adventures later this year! This will be our second DVD to date.
RO: What brought about the Music for Supervillains comic book?
Dr. MTPIII : The Music For Supervillains comic book, our second to date, came into being as a result of the powerful hypnotronic effect our music had upon certain people who were known to be artistically adept.
While testing the 14 songs on the CD upon various control groups and test subjects, we noticed that certain individuals would respond to the musical waveforms by creating beautiful illustrations, while others would just bash nearby objects together, or attempt to repeatedly ram their craniums against the doors and windows in a desperate attempt to flee.
We ended up locking all of these depraved individuals in a room together, and the Music For Supervillains comic was their brilliant byproduct! Subsequent attempts by a roomful of test monkeys to color the comic pages proved less than successful, however.
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Since the comic came out, we have met many other gifted artists and look forward to doing a third comic book in the near future!
The Consortium of Genius plays Super Happy Fun Land with Enemies are Everywhere and The Hack and Slashers Saturday, April 30.