One could easily throw a "musical chairs" allusion into the formation of this group: from a one man project to a 44 piece orchestra then finally resting as ten person touring band it's impossible to escape the notion that this has shaped what Sounds of RVA calls their "evershifting wall of sound". One could also employ the monstrous power of a rolling train to describe their onstage show which is fitting because that’s where they all met.
It’s true, half of this band of world class musicians belonged to fellow bandmate Lucy LaCoeur who provided live entertainment on rails owned by her father others by way of kismet or deus ex machina followed suite and soon, the man in white, M.H. or Max Holiday. It was Holiday himself who described the group’s formation as “A romantic folly; a honeymoon.” but that plays lightly the work and energy put into the spectacle that is: M.H. & His Orchestra...
“Sound experimentation executed by instrumentalists that actually know what they're doing.”
Examiner said of their 2012 debut release: The Throes, a short and sweet orchestral pop travelogue of songs that allude to the bands formation “The Train” and the humorous, irate musings of M.H. “Cobblestone”. Quickly they began traversing the Mid Atlantic from DC’s 9:30 Club to Brooklyn’s Spike Hill with their enigmatic live act: strings, horns, woodwinds and a tight rhythm section blasting behind M.H.’s distinctive baritone croon and LaCoeur and Lady Viorii’s lush harmonies often morphing into audience interactive gestures and theatric monologues.
“They are one of the few bands in D.C. who go above and beyond their performance duties and truly make their live shows into an experience.”
D.C. Music Download
Now, after 2 years of touring and a few cosmetic adjustments the group is nestled in the Nation’s Capitol: Washington, D.C. culling their hushed sophomore release: AGITPOP which makes musical pun of the Soviet concept, art as propaganda and features a slew of politically, socially and funkily oriented songs that still adhere to the band’s trademark eccentric brand of humor and melody. It may all seem overwhelming, it’s safe to assume the band likes it that way but don’t be afraid to catch a ride on “The Train” in the words of NPR’s Bob Boilen, a night with M.H. & His Orchestra is: “always a fabulous night”.