Their 2017 album, On The Spot, finds them in fine form — kicking out the party jams with bold brass & powerful percussion that rocks your body. Their live shows are rip-roaring spectacles — 8 dudes on stage blowing hard, giving it their all, and the crowd dancing non-stop. The Hot 8 Brass Band gets crowds all over the world up & dancing.
Since they signed with Tru-Thoughts Records, one of the world’s finest purveyors of eclectic, funky music around the world, the Hot 8 Brass Band has had much success, spent a lot of time in the UK, and toured the world turning on new audiences to the funky New Orleans brass band experience.
The new record has its roots firmly in live performance, and in true Hot 8 style it pairs hard-hitting, heart-on-sleeve sentiment with party-fueling beats, hooks and grooves. Order On The Spot on vinyl here.
Listen to On The Spot, and the other Hot 8 Brass Band albums in this Spotify playlist…
The Hot 8 Brass Band — Always Keepin’ It Funky!
Buzzing with the live, spontaneous synchronicity which has fueled their development from the streets of New Orleans to the forefront of the global scene over the last two decades, the new LP sees Hot 8 committing this spirit to record – and in the live arena the tunes are set to blow up.
“We are privileged to tour and to tell the stories of life in our city, to keep alive the memories of our band members who have passed, as well as all the musicians who have gone before”, says band leader and tuba player Bennie Pete. “We can’t wait to share this new music and party with our fans, who help us to keep pushing ourselves on”.
In 2016 Hot 8 Brass Band celebrated their 20th Anniversary with the Vicennial: 20 Years Of The Hot 8 Brass Band album released in late 2015, and they have toured almost constantly since. Delighting crowds with their rambunctious mix of Hip-Hop, Funk and inimitable Big Easy Jazz, they have performed along side headliners at sold out festivals worldwide.
Mixing an old school street brass approach with funkier currents and Hip-Hop vocals, Hot 8’s magnificent originals are juxtaposed with fresh cover versions of Snoop Dogg, Stevie Wonder, The Specials and Basement Jaxx. This year’s On The Spot Tour is set to bring these essential cuts to an even wider audience, while cementing the next generation of Hot 8 classic tunes in the hearts and minds of fans. And of course their anthemic take on Marvin Gaye’s “Sexual Healing”, which recently re-launched with an awesome new video shot in England, which you can see here…
Music Is Life
One of the great New Orleans acts, the Hot 8 Brass Band has pushed on through a barely imaginable series of trials. The devastation of Hurricane Katrina, the separate deaths of five band members, and the horror of trumpeter Terrell “Burger” Batiste losing his legs, have tested these men almost to breaking point. They honor their lost friends and work towards the future of their community by putting their energies into positive projects at home as well as touring as much as possible. They march together and they play their music, not merely as a livelihood, but because their lives depend on it.
Trumpets, Tubas, Drums & Funk
The band said of the extra-percussive track “Bottom of the Bucket” (which is one of the best Funk songs of 2017):
“L. Brown, the trombone player, was inspired by trying to get away from our trials and tribulations. It’s like that story about crabs in a bucket, one gets to the top and the others will bring him back down. We were doing everything we could to make it out. Whenever we tried to get up, there was no one to help pull us out. We did it all on our own.”
We also invited percussion legend Alfred “Uganda” Roberts, to join our forces on the recording. He has played with everyone from Professor Longhair, Dr. John and Allen Toussaint, to The Meters. We are very honored to have Uganda perform here with us.”
Cool Cover Songs
On The Spot features two phenomenal cover songs — Stevie Wonder’s “That Girl” and Sade’s “Sweetest Taboo.” The Hot 8 Brass Band have a knack for creating exhilarating new songs from old-school Funk & Soul classics. These two here, each have a little extra jazzy flavor added in, plus the Hot 8 sing-along party groove turns these two tunes into fresh new songs. I picked “That Girl” as one of the best instrumental Funk songs of 2017.
Watch the video of Hot 8 Brass Band’s – Keepin’ It Funky (Live Parade on Clapham Common feat. Craig Charles)