NO BS! BRASS BAND
No BS! Brass Band, the 11-piece brass and drum group from Richmond, VA praised by SPIN for their "sternum-rattling" sound is back with Brass Knuckles (out 11/20), their most politically urgent record to date. With a signature blend of jazz and hip-hop infused horns and foot-stomping rhythms, the album features killer rapped and chanted vocals on more than half of its tracks as a fierce response to recent police brutality and social unrest. Instead of feeling hopeless, the 11 original new songs call listeners to action: to stay positive and strong, and seek fun in the midst of tragedy. Indeed, with this record No BS! doesn't lose any of the "booty-shaking, fist-pounding brand of brass ferocity" Paste praised last year. No BS! Brass has performed at the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center and on National Public Radio’s Tiny Desk Concert. Founded by Bon Iver trombonist Reggie Pace along with drummer Lance Koehler, Pace credits the group's strength with the mix of musicians from different races, religions, educations and socioeconomic backgrounds. "The band wouldn't sound like it does if we didn't have such diversity," Pace says. "Bringing people together is what it's all about. Together we're powerful."