'Pax Volumi', out 9th September on CD, vinyl and digital, is Youngblood Brass Band's fourth album, their first on Tru Thoughts. The album comes in a busy year of touring, having played sold-out headlines across Europe and the USA.
Youngblood Brass Band are a unique proposition, focused on creating consistently groundbreaking acoustic music, employing whatever sonic means necessary, the 10-piece ensemble marks the point at which punk, brass band, hip hop and improv jazz collide. They assembled in the '90s and have been unleashing their energetic live shows since 2000. 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). Their individual musical tastes are conflicting (the tourbus playlist, based on the acts that they all agree on, includes The Rebirth, The Roots, Fugazi and Stevie Wonder), but when combined, they are distilled into something strikingly new.
The first single from "Pax Volumi" was album opener "20 Questions" (3rd June) which won support from the likes of Craig Charles (BBC 6Music) & Lefto. It epitomises the many levels on which this band operate, laying down a manifesto with bluster and bravado, while through the self-assured hip hop swagger bubbles up an undercurrent of tongue-in-cheek humour. The live performance video of "20 Questions" has gained over 12,000 YouTube hits.
Youngblood have been featured by the likes of XLR8R, Dazed, Urb and NPR, having headlined tours in over 20 countries, they have also played festivals including Roskilde, Glastonbury, Lowlands, Pukkelpop, SXSW, CMJ, North Sea Jazz & WOMAD. Their debut album 'Unlearn' was released independently in 2000, featuring collaborators including Talib Kweli (spawning the underground smash "Ya'll Stay Up"). This led to a signing with Ozone Music NYC, the avant-hip hop label that introduced Company Flow (El-P), Antipop Consortium and Mr. Lif, and 2003's 'center:level:roar' LP. Youngblood released two more albums on Layered Music - 2005's 'Live. Places.' and 2007's 'Is That a Riot?'. They also continue to engage in frequent educational work, stopping at high schools and universities to offer workshops on New Orleans music history, jazz improvisation and hip hop culture, amassing a huge fanbase along the way.
"Hip Hop's heaviest brass section" - DAZED & CONFUSED "It's original. And entertaining. And (yay!) rude." - LA WEEKLY "So much energy and passion going into this one. Excellent!" - CRAIG CHARLES FUNK & SOUL SHOW (6MUSIC) "Youngblood Brass Band is that HEAT!!!" - OHMEGA WATTS "Quality!" - EMILY DICKS (BBC R1/1XTRA)
01. 20 Questions 02. Cite The Line 03. Whiskey Tango Foxtrot 04. A Gust Inside the God 05. The Plank Will Nod, and You Will Go 06. E la e 07. Overtime 08. Erik Owen 09. Wrestlevania 10. Ain't Nobody 11. The Rugged Old Cross / His Eye Is On The Sparrow 12. Third Half
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