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No setlists and no shoes required for Lemon Bucket Orkestra

By Maria-Helena Pacelli on July 27, 2016

Lemon Bucket Orkestra’s music is as hard to define as their genre, which is why the best way to actually get a feel for their vibe is to listen to them live.

Originating from Toronto, this band blends as many different styles and instruments as their 13-piece band can contain, covering instruments typically reserved for music aficionados, like the flugelhorn and the darbouka.

I had a chance to chat with Mark Marczyk from the band, and since their answers are too good to edit down, here’s the full interview for your reading pleasure:

Apt613: How would you describe your music to someone who’s never heard it before?

Marczyk: Toronto’s best Balkan-klezmer-gypsy-party-punk-super-band. Actually, we’re Toronto’s only Balkan-klezmer-gypsy-party-punk-super-band. Hyphens bring us together.

We don’t wear uniforms. Some of us don’t even wear shoes.
We don’t use a music stands. Some of us can’t even read music.
We don’t have a conductor. But I sometimes like to call myself a ringleader.

We don’t do set-lists. And if I hear one more request for Stairway to Heaven, I swear to god… (though if you request the Balkan Stairway to Heaven, we might consider it if you slap a 20 to my forehead and a 50 in one of the accordion folds).

What is your vision as a musical project over the next few years?

World-domination. For people to forget that classical, rock and rock, and pop existed. To be as cool as the cast of Hamilton.

What would your fans find out about you as people and as musicians if they hung out with you for an afternoon? A week? Through a tour?

An afternoon: that we’re a fucking blast.
A week: that we’re fucking annoying.
A tour: that we’re fucking insane.
Actually, they might find all that out by the end of this interview.

What role do you think musicians play in making the world a better place?

Music is culture is politics is identity is expression is exploration is dialogue is conflict is resolution. Music is what helps us make sense of humanity’s silence in the face of that which we don’t understand. Maybe music doesn’t make the world a better place, but it certainly helps us grapple with why it’s not a better place, and that’s important.

Lemon Bucket Orkestra is playing this Thursday July 28th at 7pm as part of Chamberfest in Ottawa. Don’t miss this chance to see the best Balkan-klezmer-party-punk-super-band in the world.

For more on the band, visit their website or find them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.