Friday, July 11, 2008

Music Of My Mind: One Man Machine

Posted By on Fri, Jul 11, 2008 at 9:20 PM

You might not get Bernard Pearce's sound — the narcotized haze of psychedelic textures, brass-band exuberance and unbridled funk/rock fun does take a spin or 10 — but it will hit you in a little while. The one man in One Man Machine, Pearce is the perfect mascot for this new age of New Orleans music: He's both challenging and rewarding, gregarious and scarily intense. On "Get My Sound," the title track from his March debut, he's an out-and-out rock star, and not an altogether reluctant one. A muted bass line and soft drums pitter-patter out 1-2-3, 1-2-3-4. Guitars follow suit with a slow-motion funk shuffle. And a growled hook that's in no real hurry still arrives immediately: "My girlfriend, her hair is brown/And her behind is nice and round/We go shakin' it all over tow-ow-ow-ow-ow-ow-owwwn," that single elasticized syllable moving down, then up, then down, then — marvelously — allllll the way around.


One Man Machine plays the Dragon's Den Saturday, July 12, at 10 p.m.

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