Oakland, California-based avant rockers miRthkon prove that complex, thoroughly scored music can be played with enough power and punch to knock down a wall or two, while also confounding your cranium with conceptual craziness. The band is the brainchild of Wally Scharold, a guitarist and composer whose music under the miRthkon moniker first appeared on self-released recordings while Scharold was studying composition at the Oberlin Conservatory in Ohio. After moving to Oakland, he graduated from Mills College with a master's degree in music composition; while at Mills Scharold met other musicians and formed a group that played his new material as well as earlier music he had penned back in the Buckeye State. The group miRthkon eventually settled on a sextet lineup of two guitars, two woodwinds, bass, and drums, and since everything they play is completely scored -- reportedly even the drums -- they describe themselves (on their website) as "an amplified chamber ensemble masquerading as a rock band." This approach reflects one of miRthkon's key influences -- Frank Zappa -- and extends to the band's satirical lyrics and voice-overs, as well as the sometimes loony multimedia aspects of their conceptual performances and recordings.