The Tin Men: a classic trio, with unorthodox instruments
Sousaphone, guitar and washboard, enhanced by tin cans and hotel desk bell?
It’s not your usual musical lineup.
But in some respects, The Tin Men is a classic trio. The guitar functions as a midrange instrument producing melody and rhythm; the washboard provides percussion; and sousaphone, a portable version of the tuba, supplies the bottom end.
“Yeah, just like Cream,” said “Washboard” Chaz Leary, referring to the 1960s power trio with Eric Clapton, Ginger Baker and Jack Bruce.
Tin Men- Avacado Woo Woo
For over a decade, the Tin Men have been collaborating to harness an eclectic melding of genres. With infl uences of swing jazz, R&B, Motown, and easy listening, their latest release, Avocado Woo Woo, captures the unique spirit radiating out of New Orleans and beyond. The trio consisting of Washboard Chaz (vocals, percussion), Matt Perrine (sousaphone), and Alex McMurray (guitar, vocals) has perfected a relationship with their instruments. Whether or not you’ve seen the mastery in action at...
Tin Men, Avocado Woo Woo
Set aside for a moment the fact that the guitar is amplified, also that the plucky instigator who wields said axe is slinging M.F.A.-yearning narratives at the mic. Disregard too that his rhythm-section mates are unquestionably at or near the top of their respective instrument games. At heart the Tin Men still epitomize the folksy, down-home realm of the New Orleans street sound...
Return Of The Tin Men
"Avocado Woo Woo" Review
No New Orleans band combines the city’s unique blend of musicianship, sense of humor and sheer eccentricity better than the Tin Men. The instrumental lineup is singular—Alex McMurray on guitar and vocals, Matt Perrine on tuba and Washboard Chaz, who sings like Tampa Red and plays his customized washboard like an early jazz drum kit. The combined sound is elastic, with approaches that range from indie rock to folk, brass band or free improvisation. And of course that sense of humor is never...
HANG TIN: CHAZ FEST RECAP
According to a friend of mine, the homes in the Bywater are “so close together you can hear your neighbor reading a magazine.” This past Wednesday, the two stages of Chaz Fest brought more interesting noises...
Fest Reviews - French Quarter Festival, New Orleans
Jazz Times Review a Tin Men Performance
This raw, funky street trio, a crowd favorite, delivered a wealth of rich material ranging from McMurray’s sea chanty
"The Ballad of Cap’n Sandy" and Danny Barker’s "Palm Court Strut", a naughty N’awlins classic full of sexual innuendo,
to covers of Chuck Berry’s "Maybellene" and Cab Calloway’s "The Man From Harlem".
Chaz Festival review and video in New Yorker Blog - The New Orleans Journal
Great Blog entry and video of the Chaz Festival.
Guano and Nitrates Review - No Quarter Magazine
Guano + Nitrates" from the Valparaiso Men's Chorus, featuring the Tin Men. It's an album of traditional shanties. But it is very different from other albums of traditional shanties. It is sung as if by a pub full of drunken rowdies... sung the way sailors would have sung, with no holds barred, cursing and swearing like... well... drunken sailors.
Interview in Antigravity Magazine
Alex McMurray talks sea shanties, The Tin Men, bringing back Royal Fingerbowl, and of course, crumudgeons.
Tin Men - LiveNewOrleans.com
They [the Tin Men] sound exactly like New Orleans sounds in my head. The amount of genres they mix might be unparalleled locally. So, I love them...
Back to New Orleans, Gently
IT was a Friday afternoon in late October, and the narrow lanes of the French Quarter were quiet. Fresh paint — pale green, robin’s egg blue, canary yellow — adorned the low, tidy Creole cottages, and the wrought-iron railings of town-house balconies shone blackly in the sunlight. The streets were free of litter, the air unpolluted by the musky odor of all-night parties. But as I wandered the beautiful Quarter, one question stuck in my mind: Where was everybody?
Tin Men - Freaks for Industry review - Off Beat Magazine
Only in New Orleans could an album featuring jazz guitar, washboard, and tuba—and those instruments only, save for an occasional short-order cook’s “order up!” bell—be most notable for its songwriting