So how does the band hear itself? Chinese fire-drill instrumentation, lush harmonies, unshakable melodies, and seat-of-your-pants spontaneity, they say, referring to their frequent instrument-sharing and musical virtuosity. MPE Bands mix of folky, jazzy, sometimes rockin' sounds brings comparisons to anything from ABBA, Zappa, Fleetwood Mac, and (yes) the Pixies. But the bands diversity and individuality can be described in one simple yet expansive word -- Americana.
The MPE Band performs at 7 p.m. Friday at South Shores Tavern (502 Lucerne Ave., Lake Worth). Admission is free for 21 and over. Call 561-547-7656, or visit www.southshorestavern.com.
Fri., April 7