The Hackney Colliery Band are an outfit known not just for their studio albums, but for their high intensity, energy fueled live shows. Well, if you haven’t got a chance to check them out live (for whatever reason), you are in luck. They’ve just released a new record, and it has captured them live at various places in 2016 and 2017. Pulling mostly from their keen release Sharpener and their second album Common Decency, they have also included many crowd favorites which include Blackstreet’s “No Diggity”, Nirvana’s “Heart Shaped Box”, as well as a medley of Prodigy songs, and an acoustic version of Toto’s “Africa”, that has the band going through the crowd at the end of the set. To commemorate this joyous release, the band will be hitting the road once again and playing their biggest headlining gig to date: the legendary KOKO in London on May the 26th.
We’ve always prided ourselves on putting on a really great live show, and the exciting thing about live gigs is that anything can happen.
What’s great about this brass band is that not only are they fusing European jazz and New Orleans sounds with soul, dance floor friendly beats, Balkan melodies, deep funk, and hip hop grooves, but they are tapping into the very soul of the listener, grabbing each person by the dancing shoes and imploring them to move thy ass. Whether it’s original compositions with much jazz improvisation or the myriad of tight, beautifully reinterpreted cover songs they have in their quiver of tunes, Hackney Colliery Band are making much noise throughout the world. Sold out shows months in advance are a great sign that this band is doing things on their own accord, and very well we might add. If you’re a fan of the brass band sound, then this outfit is for you. Hell, even if you are not, they will grow on you note by note. A really special sound that deserves much applause, hear what it’s like to be at a live Hackney Colliery Band gig on this recording.
Stream the record below:
Get the recording here.
More info on the band here.