The Missing Parts are an acoustic, instrumental quartet, formed
in 2009 in Tucson, Arizona, 60 miles from the Mexican border. The band
is comprised of Oliver Blaylock on violin, Brian Hullfish on cello, and
Paul Wright on acoustic guitar.
Listeners have classified their music as everything from “chamber-core” to “alt-punk”, “string metal” to “Jew-grass.” While The Missing Parts can be a bit difficult to categorize, their sound is instantly recognizable. The tunes borrow from/pay tribute to many folk traditions while ultimately serving as a bizarre field guide for the sonic traveller. The Missing Parts have been compared with Kronos Quartet, Ennio Morricone, Béla Bartók, and Gogol Bordello, among many others.
In the Fall of 2007, the members of the band all somehow happened to meet at Shot in The Dark Café in Tucson, improvised together in the alley next door, and liked the result. Along with former band-member Douglas Francisco’s lap-steel guitar, Paul’s intensely percussive style of rhythm guitar, Brian's cello and Oliver's classically-trained violin created vivid soundscapes, capable of conveying odd emotions and ideas.
One interesting part of the story of the group is how its virtuosic violinist, Oliver Blaylock, made a journey from his birthplace in Juarez, to his adoption and subsequent American citizenship. Another, perhaps more interesting story is how the band parted ways with founding member and lap-steel guitarist Douglas Francisco. Ask Oliver about it, and, if you’re lucky, his violin will provide a running commentary.
The Missing Parts create the majority of its compositions by steadily gathering improvisational parts, and then collaboratively stitching these parts together and deciding how they move and feel, and what those parts want to become. The Missing Parts fully believe in the power of improvisation and collaboration.
The trio has collaborated with the singer/songwriter Cathy Rivers; the pyrotechnic/acrobatic performance troupe Flam Chen; and has shared bills with acts as wide ranging as March Fourth Marching Band, The White Buffalo, the Bay Area-based trio Judgment Day, and Swedish hip hop/swing group Movits!
The Missing Parts have repeatedly toured throughout the Rocky Mountains and along the West Coast since 2009 (playing such venues as The Fox Theater in Boulder, Colorado and The Upstage in Port Townsend, Washington). The Missing Parts will be on the road again this summer before an audience of fans old and new, from octogenarians up past their bedtimes to green-hared teenage punks, and all manner in between.
Oliver Blaylock - Violin
Brian Hullfish - Cello
Paul Wright - Guitar