How about this for a great idea? The East London based HACKNEY COLLIERY BAND have reinvented the brass band “experience” for us living in the 21st century…
Their new LP Sharpener will be released 15th July.
Their sound is a tour de force of trumpets, trombones, saxes, sousaphone, marching percussion and electronics.
The band is inspired by contemporary rock and electronica as well as New Orleans marching bands and traditional British colliery bands to which their name pays homage.
Sharpener demonstrate powerful new electronic elements and a dance floor sensibility adding to the jazz, rock and soul for which they are known.
Building on the strength of their critically-acclaimed original writing, Sharpener has a powerful set of originals at its core, alongside a trio of left-field covers in the shape of Nirvana’s Heart-Shaped Box, Kwabs’ Wrong or Right and Three Trapped Tigers’ Cramm. It’s a record that resounds with humour, charm and the hum of the glorious variety of musical genres that emanate from their home town.
Formed in 2008 out of a desire to play music that appealed to the feet as much as to the ears, the brass band has rapidly gained an army of loyal supporters, including radio support from Lauren Laverne, Gilles Peterson, Craig Charles, Huey Morgan, Jamie Cullum, Rob Da Bank and John Kennedy. Since the release of their eponymous debut in 2011, the 9-piece have blown their way into the public consciousness with their energetic and passionate live shows, amassing fans worldwide and reinventing the brass band sound for the modern age.
Alongside their critically-acclaimed releases, Hackney Colliery Band have really stormed the live circuit, selling out two-night runs at Wilton’s Music Hall and the Jazz Café in London, playing main stages of festivals including Field Day, Love Supreme, Wilderness, Cheltenham Jazz Festival and many more.
We listened to “Sharpener”
“Jump Then Run” is sad yet heart-warming. With distant rhythms that are brought into the foreground by sparkling trumpet. This rides high and shakes your bones.
“Gather Your Wits” has impressive beats and angular brass sounds. Fragments of horn are tangled with the waves and weaves. Clever stuff!
“When You Know” has a flurry of stunning drummery and elegant bass sounds. These are bedded onto an artistic backbone of jazz.