THAT Damned Band

Providing Steampunk Goblincore music to the world since 2005 
Based in Austin, Texas

“A delight to the ear, a remembrance of times gone by with a modern flare… a time when Freak Shows Graced the Midways.”
John Robinson,, 2007

THE BAND: A visceral entry into a world of Goblins, Freaks, Pirates, and the Others from all possible worlds, all swimming in punch, all breaking open the head, all dancing through as many possible realms of existence as are possible, ad infinitum. Think of the darkest shadow under the bed, the dustiest memory on the shelf, the most brilliant color you ever felt. That is where our songs come from.

THAT Damned Band is an accordion driven group of multi-talented songsters who create original and inventive songs and arrangements.  THAT Damned Band features a unique arrangement that includes Accordion, Clarinet, Jug, flute, saw, Resonator Guitar, Washtub bass, Tuba, Drums, and washboard, although THAT Damned Band will be appearing as a trio at Cotati Accordion Festival 2012.

THE ACCORDIONISTA: Dylan M. Blackthorn, accordionista, singer, songwriter, and band leader for THAT Damned Band, is a self-taught accordion player who writes original songs & original instrumental compositions on the accordion.  He has been playing piano accordion since 1998 in a variety of ensembles, and currently plays with THAT Damned Band & Mazel Tov Kocktail hour.  He was a founding member of the Dreaded Accordion Plague, Thee Hobo Gobbelins, Minor Mishap Marching Band, as well as the vaudevillian Circus troupe the 999 EYES Freakshow & Surreal Sideshow.  He has also been a member of punk rock performance art group the Bob Wierdos and Sour Mash Hug Band.  Dylan Blackthorn has been studying Traditional Yiddish music since 2005, and was awarded a full scholarship, through the Mayrent Institute for the Preservation of Yiddish Culture, for attending KlezKamp New York in 2011.   

THE PIPER: Samantha X plays flute, pennywhistle, and xylophone with THAT Damned Band and Mazel Tov Kocktail Hour, and is a founding member of both groups, as well as the 999 EYES Freakshow & Surreal Sideshow.  She is an avid student of the Yiddish styles of traditional music, who plays hauntingly upon her flute melodies ancient and timeless.

THE FIDL KILLER: Sick, the Fidl Killer, is a multi-talented Singer & Songwriter who is a master of Fiddle, Mandolin, Guitar, Toy Piano, and even Violin.  He has performed with the Three Redneck Tenors and Asylumn Street Spankers, among many other groups, and has been a founding member of his own group Sick’s Pack and Mazel Tov Kocktail Hour, and is an integral member of THAT Damned Band.  Sick has served as musical director for the 999 EYES Freakshow and Surreal Sideshow since 2009.

THAT Damned Band provides the musical accompaniment to the 999 EYES Freakshow and Surreal Sideshow, known as “the Last Traveling American Freakshow”, performing alongside such Freak luminaries as the Black Scorpion, the Modern-Day Elephant Man, Lobster Girl, Vlad the Dwarf, and many more Freak and sideshow performers.

THE FREAKSHOW: Freak: n.A human oddity that has chosen to share, celebrate and exploit his/her own genetic anomaly through performance. THAT Damned Band provides the background music for the 999 EYES Authentic Freakshow – the last traveling freakshow in the United States focusing on REAL LIVING HUMAN ODDITES with MEDICAL ANOMALIES, and a MUSEUM OV MUTANTSTROSITIES.