Thinking Plague is an avant-garde rock group founded in 1982 by guitarist and composer, Mike Johnson, and bass guitarist/drummer, Bob Drake. They are excited to be playing at Cuneifest's Rock Day (November 19, 2011), Cuneiform Records' two-day avant garde music festival label showcase in Baltimore Their music explores the frontiers where rock, folk, jazz and modern symphonic meet. Through these explorations, the band has created "a genre of music unto itself, eclectically derivative in a bold way and spectacularly innovative in the old-fashioned sense of genuine originality" (Journal Wired).
Thinking Plague's music combines lyricism with intense and sophisticated rhythmic and harmonic ideas. Their influences cover a spectrum ranging from Beatles and Byrds to Henry Cow and William Schuman. At moments the sound of Thinking Plague may begin to resemble pop or jazz music only to be stretched or "morphed" in the next instant into new regions that often defy categorization.
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