The Extraordinaires: 'The Arsonist'

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The Extraordinaires

The Extraordinaires are a theatrical four-piece band from Philadelphia. Originally formed by Jay Purdy and Matt Gibson in 2004, the group later expanded to include pianist Jacob Wolf and drummer Peter Hurd. Their music draws on a broad range of influences, from ragtime and country-western to the Muppets.

Using storytelling as their focal point, they've released two fully illustrated hand-made hardcover books to accompany their albums. The first of which, a tragic romantic opera entitled Ribbons of War, is now the subject of a fully produced traveling stage adaptation, starring the band and a full cast.

Their most recent album, Short Stories is a collection of high-energy pop songs, with everything from cowboys and cacti and ancestors to arsonists.

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