Eschewing both PA and sound man, the Spankers crank on anarchic acoustic jams that splice together jazz, blues, swing, country and comedy. Every instrument from ukulele and kazoo to something called "psychedelic ascension" gets thrown into the mix, leaving the listener with the impression that Asylum Street Spankers aren't so much musicians as audio alchemists. The minute they seem serious, they suddenly bust into a Beastie Boys or Black Flag cover.
The band's constantly mutating lineup currently includes Nevada Newman, who started his musical career in Phoenix, fronting the rockabilly blues band The Daybreakers. And a spot in the Spankers isn't easy to nab. According to Spankers co-founder Wammo, simply being able to sing and play multiple instruments isn't enough. "You've got to be kind of nuts to be in this band."