Drums and Tuba

Saturday, April 15, at 9 p.m. Off Broadway (3509 Lemp Avenue)

Apr 12, 2006 at 4:00 am
Live, Austin's Drums and Tuba leave jaws hanging on the ground and renders categorization useless. Unfortunately, to date, the band's records haven't come close to capturing its onstage glory. Among the wealth of ingredients dumped on its Chicago-style jagged rock are a groove that makes jam-band fans spin like tops, a touch of Philip Glass minimalism, and shades of progressive electronica, prog-rock and modern jazz. Each of the three musicians (guitar, drums and tuba) loops his parts in real time, and the tuba player acts as a live mixer, weaving everyone's sampled lines in and out of the mix. At times there are six parts going at once — which seems gimmicky on paper but flows seamlessly in person.