Representative of The Pittsburgh Sound, this performance art band seemlessly brings together rock 'n roll, opera, film, and movement. Attending one of their concerts is an expedition through complex, sweeping, lush melodies and driving rhythms complete with stage sets, props, costumes and a movie. Something like Cocteau Twins meet Laurie Anderson at a Dead Can Dance jam session.
Known for being rigorously apolitical, the band strives hard to provide avant-garde entertainment. From November of 1999 to Janurary of 2000, Squonk Opera debuted a full length production at the Helen Hayes Theatre on Broadway. While the show did fairly well with ticket sales, the press panned the production. One subtle dig came from the The New York Times which stated that the show was absolutely brilliant even though it wasn't about anything. The reviewer was left wondering why he had such a good time because the show said nothing - no political statement like Rent, no story like Chorusline.
Unfortunately for Squonk Opera that was the point. They often ask why art has to say anything. So, the show closed. But, at least this Pittsburgh band made it to Broadway.