And here's a game to play: as you listen, see how many instruments you can pick out. These men play more instruments in one song than some people even hear in a lifetime. And then they switch them out for new instruments on the next song!
As a little cheat-sheet, I will attempt to list all of the instruments they had on hand at their Brooklyn show last week.
First, the obvious ones: keyboard, electric guitar, electric bass, acoustic guitar, drums.
Then comes the trumpet, the french horn, some other kind of horn (I was never in a band), a xylophone, bongo drums, a mandolin, a banjo, a harmonica, a steel bowl, some version of rainsticks, an accordion, a fiddle, a washboard (yes. they had a washboard).
And now for the ones I really didn't recognize: some version of a keyboard that had strings like a harp, a recorder-like instrument with piano-like keys.
Oh and they sang. Which counts as an instrument in and of itself.
Am I missing anything? You tell me.
Band photo from The Theater Fire Pics album on Myspace