— a flamboyant deceiver; one who attracts customers through tricks or jokes.
Try not to read too much into that.
We were looking for a name and Michael read it in between dry heaves in a bathroom stall somewhere in Spain. Because he's cultured.
Another filthy Austin band cashing in our drink tokens and falling in love all too quickly.
We formed in 2016 after having played in several other bands for years; The Hand of Fate slapped all those projects around a bit but thankfully we are way into that kind of thing.
That and biting.
Driven by conversational, sardonic lyrics, heavily stylized musical idiosyncrasies, and an unruly sense of self destruction we will be attempting to jump over the Springfield Gorge that is your heart. There is a good possibility we will plunge to our bloody death. Thank you.
Michael Valle - guitars, vocals
Alex Lopez - bass, vocals
Alex Alcocer - drums, synth, vocals
Goin’ on a stretch of no shows while we gear up and figure some thangs <33 see you soon
GAR(b)AGE ROCK // INDIE FOLK
// HIPPIE CRIPPLER
“Astrological chart reference, for whatever it’s worth: Borne on an Elliott Smith cusp, with a moon rising in Cat Stevens/Tea for the Tillerman winsome pop. You’re enveloped by something poignant and equal parts elated taking a flying leap, while shredding and pounding out trippy folk-rock hues. These are the cakes on the tea menu. Order in abundance.”
—Laurie Gallardo, KUTX Austin Music Minute
"While the new folk-influenced quartet who go by [Mountebank] certainly don't need to use deception to gain an audience, they are flamboyant and light-hearted, which shines through definitively in their music.
Their debut EP Mountebank: Live From Lake Wobegon [...] straddles elements of outlaw country, post-pop, and garage rock.
The glue holding this tapestry of influences together is the positivity and joviality found in the DNA of the group that makes their charm irresistible."
–The Deli Magazine
"Like getting stoned alone."
— some guy in Corpus Christi who looked and, more than anything, sounded like Andre the Giant
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