NYC’s legendary Hungry March Band is releases it’s first full length studio album in a decade.
- Mali Mali Hungry March Band 4:28
- Shimmy Hungry March Band 4:21
- Running Through with the Sadness Hungry March Band 3:12
- Swirling Spaceman Hungry March Band 4:09
Established in 1997, Hungry March Band has roots in improvisation, noise, punk, and jazz (free and otherwise). Through the early aughts, the band explored global brass traditions, rave dance parties, and sideshow performance art. As they mutated and attracted new talent, H.M.B. focused more and more on original composition.
Running Through with the Sadness pulls from many familiar styles, referencing dub (“Swirling Spaceman”), NOLA funk (“Shimmy”), and first wave ska (“Whichawhicha”). The band also arranged a polyrhythmic tribute to the wassoulou music of the late singer/composer Coumba Sidibe with their song “Mali Mali.”
Composer/saxophonist, Okkon, described his show-stopping title track as, “ a dilemma for an absurdity of the Human-centered world through torrid days.” The song was written to the break-neck merengue setting on a Casio keyboard.
With all these styles in the mix, H.M.B. is a punk band at heart — manic and mad in their interpretation of sound and life in New York City. They switch gears from the charm of a children’s show to a twisted trip on acid at the drop of a hat.
“NYC’s finest guerrilla ambulatory ensemble… Dirty Dozen Brass Band crossed with Sun Ra Arkestra” – Time Out New York
Running Through with the Sadness represents Hungry March Band’s first full-length studio album in over a decade, and their first pressed to vinyl. The record is an explosion of irreverent energy and a veritable lesson in spastic instrumental dance music. It was meticulously produced over the course of years, indicating a forward step in the evolution of the radical street brass sound.
Personnel on this recording:
Emily Fairey – tenor
Sasha Sumner – soprano
Jason Candler – alto / baritone
Tove Langhof – tenor
Okkon Tomohiko Yokoyama – alto
Phillippe Boyer – tenor
Cousin John Heyenga
Kris Anton – snare etc.
Anders Nelson – snare
David Rogers-Berry – bass drum
Samantha Tsistinas – cymbals
Adam Loudermilk – hand percussion
Sara Valentine – clave, cowbell
Theresa Westerdahl – tambourine
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