What the hell is that? A Dewanatron, of course

Dewanatron

Sometimes a picture really is worth a thousand words. A New York PR firm sent along some verbiage today about a new album, “If a Band Plays in the Woods…?” by the band Philistines Jr. SoundCheck’s interest was piqued by some attached artwork of an instrument, the Dewanatron, that plays a key role in the group’s music.

Invented by siblings Brian and Leon Dewan, this obviously homemade and handcrafted gizmo for four hands was apparently cobbled together from a junkyard’s worth of vintage hardware — including, if our eyes don’t deceive us, the dials from a couple of old rotary phones. Trent Reznor and the Magnetic Fields’ Stephen Merritt have allegedly bought a Dewanatron of their own.

And it sounds kinda cool. The Philistines Jr. album is out Oct. 19 on Tarquin Records/EmBarque.

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