The influences for the album include Of Montreal, Zappa, The Beatles, and the album, Smile by The Beach Boys. But I also hear hints of Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Pink Floyd, Frank Sinatra, Monty Python, Black Flag even, and old Adam Sandler skits. The multi-genres throughout make my musical schizophrenia feel at ease.
"THE BAND TOOK ADVANTAGE OF THE FREEDOM OF THE STUDIO BY ADDING STRING ARRANGEMENTS, TIMPANI, MARIMBA AND 'A SLEW OF OTHER INSTRUMENTS' THAT AREN’T USUALLY A PART OF THEIR ALREADY COLORFUL SHOWS.
GOUDREAU SAID OFF OFF OFF BROADWAY IS LIKE A REMIX OF THE BAND’S THEATRICAL PERFORMANCES, FULL OF CHARACTERS AND CONFRONTATIONS. 'THE STORY IS MEANT TO BE A LITTLE CONFOUNDING. IT REMINDS ME OF SILENT ERA FILM IN THAT WAY. YOU’RE PRETTY SURE YOU KNOW WHAT’S GOING ON, BUT EVERY ONCE IN A WHILE SOMETHING THROWS YOU FOR A LOOP. THAT UNCERTAINTY IS SOMETHING I LOVE ABOUT LEAFIES AND IS EQUALLY AN IMPORTANT PART OF THE RECORD.'”
"The Leafies have been described as “Broadway on Acid,” which is apt but a bit reductive considering their performances are meticulously planned, intentional in their thematic explorations, and, musically, very tight. Viewers feel as if there’s some point to the madness and the spectacle [...] the goal [...] is to lead an audience through an entertaining experience that’s unifying, musically interesting, and unpredictable."
"The Leafies are one part vaudeville, one part fireside chat, and one part punk show — with everything in between. They’re like a guerilla musical street theatre troupe that fuses violin, horns, pies in the face, ski masks, and idiosyncratic old man voices into something that makes the most sense and no sense at all."
"A large band — brass instruments, violin, keyboard, bass, drums, guitar — was laying down a funky groove, fronted by a guy in a big white disco jacket, addressing the growing crowd with slightly insane smarm: “I love the arts! Don’t you? I love every single one of you!”"