Bringing Brass to Brixton
Hackney Colliery Band will smash through your preconceptions of brass bands. Think less Salvation Army; more thirst-quenching trills and sticky notes that will lick your earlobes and steam your glasses up.
I saw them two weeks ago in Brixton's Hootenanny's and I was genuinely overwhelmed. Only two Desperados down and I was grinning helplessly from ear to ear. The crowd surged and wound themselves around like sweaty cogs - everyone got lower than the sousaphone.
In the band's own words: "Mining nuggets of funk, hip-hop and high-octane rock from the musical coalface and throwing in a few chunks of Balkan brass, ska and contemporary jazz for good measure, the Hackney Colliery Band’s set list is as diverse as the London borough that gave them their name.
Add the fact that the band stays true to its roots by bringing the tradition of mobile marching bands firmly into the 21st Century and you know that every gig’s sure to be unique."
I couldn't have put it any better myself. They are a musical delight and if there's one thing you have to do in 2014 it's get their brassiness right up in your face.
I've been chasing reggae, dub and their big soundsystems from south London to Bristol for long enough and the change was welcome. Hearing the unedited organic muddy lung-formed music coming from these chaps - it's a wonder EDM is so big these days.
But don't take my word for it - feast your eyes and ears on this - Prodigy would be proud...