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20 Questions

Tru Thoughts on May 28, 2013 16:09

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    “20 Questions”, out 3rd June, is the first single from Youngblood Brass Band on Tru Thoughts, having signed earlier this year. The single release, on 12” vinyl and digital (as well as on CD direct from the band on their many tour dates) unveils three songs from their upcoming fourth LP, ‘Pax Volumi’, which follows on September 9th.

    Youngblood Brass Band are a unique proposition; focused on creating consistently progressive, groundbreaking acoustic music, and employing whatever sonic means necessary to do so, the nine-piece ensemble marks the point at which the worlds and sounds of punk, brass band, hip hop and improv jazz collide. Youngblood assembled in the ‘90s and have been unleashing their energetic and inspiring shows on the worldwide stage since 2000. Although the band was originally formed by high school friends in Wisconsin, the line-up now comprises players from all over America (Madison, New Orleans, New York, Nashville, Minneapolis, Chicago).

    Youngblood’s band-leader, studio producer and chief vocalist/lyricist is founder member David Henzie-Skogen – also a revered percussionist and drum-line coach - whose sharp, irreverent humour and fierce, energetic intelligence beam out of the speakers on these new tracks.

    “20 Questions” announces the band’s manifesto with bluster and bravado, yet the self-assured hip hop swagger of the verses bubbles up with an undercurrent of tongue-in-cheek humour right from the opening stanza: “universally loved by british toddlers/by homeless french tuba players/by stoned american co-eds/6 albums, 15 years, 22 countries, who am I?/try not to love me”. The live performance video of “20 Questions” has gained over 7,500 YouTube hits since it was launched to announce the signing of the band.

    “Whiskey Tango Foxtrot” plays on the phonetic alphabet to fire out a volley of acerbic observations and inquisitions, in the direction of the US government, primarily the biggie implied by the song’s title: WTF?. The backdrop is an inventive, ominous atmosphere of industrial, stripped back drumbeats up against the disconcertingly tripped-out sway of forlorn and doomy horn lines. The ‘Pax Volumi’ album is also half instrumental, and the third track here, “Overtime”, is a whip-crisp, energetic jam that represents the instrumental chops of the group, in which they become more recognisable as a New Orleans-inspired brass band.

    YBB is:
    David Henzie-Skogen - drums/vocals/production
    Conor Elmes - drums
    Tom Reschke - drums
    Nat McIntosh - sousaphone
    Joe Goltz - trombone
    Matt Hanzelka - trombone
    Tony Barba - tenor saxophone and bass clarinet
    Zach Lucas - alto saxophone and tenor saxophone
    Charley Wagner - trumpet
    Mike Boman - trumpet

    Released by: Tru Thoughts
    Release/catalogue number: TRU277


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