Having the ambitious wish to propel the entire world into a melodic vortex, Marquis of Vaudeville emits an extraordinary sound that spirals listeners on an utterly imaginative, musical merry-go-round. One never knows what moodswung journey they’ll embark upon once these musical highwaymen hijack their consciousness.
With imagination at its core, the theatrical flair and intriguing nature of their songwriting has grasped the attention of music lovers from the most critical of music elitists to the average radio listener. Although performing frequently at pop culture fandom, goth/horror, and steampunk conventions, the musical menagerie is widely known for their own extravagant Vaudevillian inspired sold-out spectacles such as 'A Clockwork Wonderland: Through Aether & Mysterium', 'Gadgets & Gobstoppers: TheTwisted World of Wonka', and the show that shares the grandiose title of their ambitious debut album "The Great Promenade of Fools & Ghosts".
The group is known the world over for their progressive, carnival-esque punk cabaret stylings, fusing timeworn elements of the old world with newfangled innovation, and due to the music's mysterious, yet playful nature, they have befittingly dubbed the style "melodic mischief".
Internet and terrestrial radio such as Dallas' leading rock/alternative stations 97.1 The Eagle & 102.1 The Edge, as well as Houston's 94.5 The Buzz, have embraced their music and featured such songs as 'An Ordinary Day'; a theatrically twisted punk-cabaret thrill and 'Corps of Night'; a rebellious anthem to lead the lost and hearten the forgotten. MoV also performed in 2015 at 102.1 The Edge's major music festival Edgefest with other artists such as DeathCab for Cutie, Modest Mouse, and The Offspring.
The act has composed and licensed music for a variety of film projects & television shows such as the syndicated series 'Charmed' & Showtime Network’s hit series 'Dexter'. They've also been featured in such publications as Race Point Publishing's book 'Anatomy of Steampunk' as well as 'Gearhearts Steampunk Glamor Revue'
The group has been frequently showcased on several music compilations, the most recent being ‘Exploding in Sound’s 'Bands You Need to Know' with a glowing review stating:
“This Dallas five piece knows a thing or two about hypnotic and beautiful melodies. Marquis of Vaudeville craft alternative rock gems that remain accessible while they wander through space and time. Singer/guitarist Toby Lawhon’s voice dazzles and dances with incredible talent that would make Ours’ Jimmy Gnecco proud. With strong memorable songs, this is the music modern rock radio should be getting familiar with.”
Doug Brod, former Editor for Spin Magazine had this to say of their compelling music, "Venus to Vertigo and Bright Star Hope, that mix of pleasant pop and hard-rock dynamics, this stuff is so slick and well-constructed. Very impressive.”
Amanda Palmer of The Dresden Dolls applauds the band with, "Ziggy meets Marc Bolan outside Max's Kansas City. Makes me want to break out some sequined leggings and spit on the sidewalk. Space-age modern-age glam nostalgia."
Alan Ayo of the Dallas Observer and a former DJ of 102.1 The Edge praises the band's vibe stating, "Marquis of Vaudeville's self-titled debut is a shrewd fusing of twinkly pop, gaze-at-the-stars vocals and melancholy melody outlined with edgy, trenchant guitars...This is music to paint your own mental picture while listening to—a healthy dose of rock 'n' roll with a fair share of emotion, invention, and imagination."
Hate them, love them, they demand the world take notice, and desire to incite something genuine, to inspire sincere emotion despite the world’s mind numbing mediocrity and generic mass production. Marquis of Vaudeville is a tantalizing flavor for even the most finicky musical appetite.