@The Sugar Club, Dublin
Gig review Fri 31st May 2013
What better way to start the bank holiday weekend in Dublin than with Hypnotic Brass Ensemble in the jam packed and hot The Sugar Club venue. “From the south side of Chicago, the baddest part of town and if you go down there you better just be aware of a band named Hypnotic Brass Ensemble a popular and unique brass jazz-hip-hop act, which marries world funk all over the ear, they return year on year to their adoring following in Ireland.
Supported by tropical big band – Dublin Afrobeat Ensemble they long had the crowd up dancing in the aisles and in the mood with their funky beats, facial paint and tribal infused visuals. Long before the main act hit the stage, the crowd were dancing in the aisles creating a lovely party atmosphere – the Ensemble are definitely worth checking out on the live circuit.
Hot favorites for Forbidden Fruit, HBE originally the Phil Cohran Youth Ensemble, arrived in town to welcome in the summer and knock adoring and avid fans out with some unheard material from brand new album – “Dublin is the first place on the PLANET to hear our album FLY!!”. Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, a family affair consists of eight trumpet and horn playing brothers – sons of the 1950s trumpet legend Phil Cohran. Coming a long way since playing on the streets of Chicago, the act has become legendary around the globe and have worked with many well known acts and artists such as Wu Tang Clan, Damon Albarn, Erykah Badu, Gorillaz and Jools Holland, their most recent recordings have taken place with their renowned father.
Taking their time to hit the stage, they stood proud and rather the spectacle with their brass instruments: trombones, trumpets, horns and sousaphones, trashing out their new material in a frenzy of rolling funky beats. Fans of their music were not disappointed with lead rapper resembling a young, topless LL Cool J – he “Can’t stop the party and won’t stop the party”. Cool guys, creating a chilled out vibe, the new album material is quiet old school hip-hop infused with New Orleans style funk and grooves.
They had the crowd spellbound with mostly unnamed new material (as you have to buy the album to find out more), one good one was “The Night” and they delighted us with oldie “Kryptonite”. The crowd, mostly avid followers were hypnotized and mesmerized. If this musical style is your thing ….Go get on it and get your party started!
Listen to Hypnotic Brass Ensemble here
Review by Áine Byrne
In association with Dublinconcerts.ie
Culture Vulture Dublin