FULL DISCLOSURE: I really like the Brass Knuckle Brass Band. I like the people in the Brass Knuckle Brass Band. I like that the Brass Knuckle Brass Band often agree to play at my poetry slam for what little money we can give them. I like that their sousaphone player often attends the rather awesome trivia nights I run at the Phoenix.
DISCLOSURE DISCLOSURE: Yes I was self promoting then.
The Brass Knuckle Brass Band are magnificent live. They sound rich and smooth, and their presence fills a venue with energy. I cannot recommend seeing them live enough, which is why I was a little disappointed with the songs they have up on the Unearthed site. These recordings do not do the band justice. Admittedly I am listening to them through the really quite awful speakers on my Macbook Air. Wait… I’ll go get some headphones.
Alright, that was much better. It still falls very short of the live experience, but I probably shouldn’t be surprised that a large brass band doesn’t compress well into a recording, but still these seem a little flat. It’s not all bad news though. The full effect of the BKBB’s sound may be lost but their music is still sharp and fun, and these tracks to manage to capture that. ‘Now’s the Time’ is a personal favourite, but make sure you check out ‘Just Gotta Know’ to hear Courtney Stark’s vocals… just make sure you use a nice pair of headphones.