closing date: 6 Dec 2012
"New Orleans' finest" ' THE GUARDIAN
"incredible swagger . both very loose and very tight" ' THE ARTS DESK
"Brilliant . make the tuba and the trombone seem like the funkiest instruments on the earth" ' DJ MAG
Ladies and Gentlemen, the Hot 8 Brass Band are back.
The new double A-side digital single "Ghost Town" / "Let Me Do My Thing" was released on 8th October on Tru Thoughts, announcing the emphatic return of New Orleans' premier purveyors of roof-raising, jazz-infused, hip hop-fired marching band music, straight from the heart and fresh from the second line parades.
Featuring a cover version of The Specials' classic, alongside an original song, this single is the first taste of Hot 8 Brass Band's eagerly awaited secondalbum, "The Life And Times Of" which follows on 12th November, and marks their first full LP since 2007's highly acclaimed debut "Rock With The Hot 8" put them on the global stage.
With a tradition of iconic cover versions behind them ' the most famous being "Sexual Healing" - in "Ghost Town" they have another potential hit on their hands, with a reworking that honours the party lilt and ominous lyrical message of the original, strips it back and then ramps it up into a straight-up joyful jam that is pure Hot 8 Brass Band and transposes the poignancy of the song straight onto the streets of their hometown. "What a track to cover. It was very difficult", says tuba player and band-leader Bennie Pete. "But we can relate to the social commentary and what it meant to the people in the UK at the time. We hope we did it proud."
Hot 8 is a band with stories to tell. Their stories are neither fairytales nor melodramas, but simple, often hard truths: the lives and the times of the band's eight full-time members, in which they have seen more than their share of tragedy, not least the deaths in violent circumstances of several band members, and the hurricane devastation and aftermath in their city. Carrying on the New Orleans narrative tradition, their debut introduced them and their richly connotative music to the world; "The Life And Times Of." brings the next chapter, and a new level of significance for those interested in brassband music and its global power. In the meantime, this single brings the party.
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