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The Peculiar Pretzelmen

The all-encompassing term antifolk has come to embody acoustic (or sometimes
electric) non-folk, non-rock which is rock that isn't pop, at least in the
conventional sense, because of what it isn't. Antifolk doesn't do justice to
the sonic attack that is The Peculiar Pretzelmen but to define what they are
not, when what they are is another story. Picture what could be described as
double-barreled folk music with a pitch-black playfulness and highly unusual
instrumentation, consisting of mandolin/bandocello/ukulele, baritone sax,
and percussion that is less drum kit, and more spoils of an old man's work
bench. To witness The Peculiar Pretzelmen in a live setting, you'll find
their peculiar brew equal parts barn-burning gospel revival and punk rock
(read: more Screamin' Jay Hawkins than Johnny Rotten), with a spirit both
terrifying and simultaneously life-affirming, the yin to the yang of a
carnival spookhouse someplace miles away from nowhere you've ever been.
Kevin- feel free to adjust this in whatever way you see fit, obviously. I
wish I could get some of the bombast of the end into the beginning without
coming off like an evangelist. One of my new favorite things is to make fun
of the term antifolk. The world should rejoice in the mocking of what that
word has come to represent.