The sounds of The Poor Nobodys would be a fitting soundtrack for a circus barker, a feverish fight with a Rubik’s Cube, a melancholy nap, a backyard garden jig, a slow thrilling creep up dark and treacherous stairs. Since 2008, the Minneapolis-based septet has been making collective, collaborative music, operating on the idea that creators who have nothing to lose or hide can take all the risks in the world. Their music is built on vivid and eclectic extremes—a sultry vocal on a clever tune, or a sweeping classical gesture followed by sounds that echo the low dark muttering of those who live secretly in the woods. Playing a variety of instruments, including cello, accordion, acoustic and electric guitar, piano, upright bass, mandolin, banjo, electric keyboards, drums, vocals, and percussion, the band performs in local and regional venues, and has recorded three studio albums. They also write and perform live original scores for film and theater projects, including both classic silent movies and modern abstract pieces by contemporary filmmakers and video artists.
Working with cinematic images has been a natural fit, as their patient and contemplative songs leave time and room enough for a listener to take an imaginative trek across a changing countryside; and scoring for the dramatic images of silent film has influenced the evolution of their sound, leading to bolder choices and a deeper sense of where both playful irony and soulfulness can go. Currently The Poor Nobodys are organizing a European tour for 2014.