Now he's in Megapuss !
After a dick-skirt wearing performance (yes, you read that correctly) in Hell-Ay last summer, Devendra Banhart -along with buddy Greg Rogove- has been busy recording a full-length album with his side project band Megapuss. The duo started the project as a joke, but thankfully you can still hear a talented group of nuevo-folkies beneath all of the phallus-fashion and waterfowl-dissing. Megapuss is Devendra Banhart, Greg Rogove (Priestbird), Fabrizio Moretti (The Strokes, Little Joy), Noah Georgeson (member of Banhart's band and producer), and Aziz Ansari (actor/comedian).
A legitimate band of talented musicians, capable of effortlessly tossing off the finest in California-style tambourine jams. It’s ambling, lazy, shoddy; a grand musical prank that’s rarely as funny as it seems to believe itself to be. As an album, "Surfing" probably peaks with its first spin. There's something cute about the way they recycled the riff from “Hey, Bo Diddley”, transplant “Careless Whisper”’s cavalier solo from sultry sax onto wanky guitar, rhyme “intersection” with “yeast infection”, and dare themselves to author the songs to match lowbrow titles like “Chicken Titz”. Megapuss clearly have a whole tongue'n'cheek, homo-erotic, psychedelic freak-folk sensibility going on, but the music is actually kinda good. Check out the video below for the first single "Adam & Steve", which Banhart says was inspired by George Michael's "Faith" video and "I'm too sexy", a bizarre combination for sure.
Did you also know Devendra Banhart is Natalie Portman's current boyfriend ?