"Portland has cultivated a micro-genre of busking troupes with tendencies toward Americana and large portions of their genetic material borrowed from punk rock. While variations on this theme abound, few practitioners have managed to match their musicianship to their exuberance quite as successfully as All the Apparatus. Borrowing from the lexicons of zydeco, oom-pah and carnival histrionics, All the Apparatus blends the talents of a surprisingly capable group of horn players, auxiliary musicians and vocal stylists. The 11-member troupe is currently promoting its self-titled debut record, but, as is the case with most of its stylistic brethren, the group is best experienced live."
“ATA’s wacky, manic members create “a world of perplexing caricatures wielding unlikely instruments – ukuleles, accordions and tuned PVC pipes struck by flip-flops – to create groovy, memorable songs of villainy, tragedy and sacrificed innocence.””
“Their sound is clean and their songs are catchy with wholesome overtones, thanks largely to lyrics about things like riding bikes and working together. But the act isn’t too cute, and that’s probably because their performances are anchored by solid musical talent on a variety of musical instruments.”
“the most intriguing band I have met since producing The Polyphonic Spree.”