A bionic string band? Fire breathing traveling-gypsy-circus-indie-grass? Absynth Quintet is a group of pickers purveying a truly unique brand of high energy acoustic music. The band’s sound, born and cultured in the fertile hills of Humboldt County, Ca. melds a reverent treatment of time honored American music with a reckless, virtuosic and often zany approach to innovation. There’s something Django-esque, something distinctly Eastern European that saturates many of the songs, but always present is the foot-stomping influence of the bluegrass roots.
The year 2008 saw Absynth Quintet break onto the national scene with the release of 'Indigo Shoes', their stellar debut full-length studio album. Jazzmando.com calls the album, “fierce acoustic energy that never betrays a carefully crafted sophistication.” Gratefulweb.net immediately placed the group in their Band of the Month slot. Motivated by the response to ‘Indigo Shoes’, AQ quickly raised the money needed for their second album by pre-selling it on Kickstarter. Promptly, they began work on their latest album, 'IOTA', which was released in 2011. Michael Dronkers, program director for KHUM and KSLG radio said "...their semi-nerdy songwriting and brilliant virtuosity don't overpower the melodies that overrun Iota. This record succeeds at every level."
Matt Eakle of the Grisman Quintet said of IOTA, “The AQ hit a home run! Great original material, some of the tunes sound like they were written at the height of the bluegrass era, 60 years ago, but about modern subject matter. VERY COOL!”
While touring to support their latest release, the band has shared the stage with such greats as Hot Buttered Rum, Emmitt-Nershi Band, Railroad Earth, Devil Makes Three, Rushad Eggleston, Fareed Haque and Matt Eakle of the Grisman Quintet.
Absynth Quintet walks with ease the line between street corner busking, sit down concerts at The Freight And Salvage and all night laser light shows. The AQ taps into its diverse musical roots and teases out something fresh, original and relevant to today’s music scene.