Funkrust Brass Band Is More Than Music: It’s An Experience
New York City’s Funkrust Brass Band is a 20-piece visceral experience begging to be heard live and unplugged. With the power of their 11-piece horn section, there isn’t a reason in the world why they need to be plugged in, except perhaps if their exceptional lead singer cannot be heard over the roaring cacophony of their horn arrangements on just the megaphone.
They are a band by design that is meant to play in more than just the usual bars and music venues, and they really have stretched their legs musically, coming out to march in parades and protests, as well as festivals and block parties. They have a funky sound that mixes disco, punk, EDM, funk, Balkan brass, and New Orleans second line to create a really unique sonic experience that is highlighted by their choreography and costuming.
Though the band has been playing since 2014, they released their debut recording, seven-song E.P. Dark City, just over a month ago on May 19. It’s an upbeat album that is easy to sing along to, but more importantly, it’s easy to dance to. The biggest problem the record has for the listener is that it makes it impossible to not want to catch Funkrust live and in person right away.
The record has an infectious groove running throughout, so every song at least inspires a toe top if not a full on involuntary shimmy because the music is far too enticing. But no section of the record feels better than when the chorus of musicians breaks into the chant “We can run on nothing but sunshine, we don’t need your money at all” during the album’s single “Swamp Samba.”
Funkrust Brass Band will be in action live at Bushwick, Brooklyn’s Lantern Hall on June 22, helping to send off their friends in Troll 2 for their summer tour.