Horny Sextet That Will Definitely Put You In The Mood For Sax
Updated: Sep 6, 2022
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EP review: 'Leave your Mark' by 343 Brass Band
343 Brass Band's music tastes like Blueberry and Banana Jam
Give 343 Brass Band's EP Leave You Mark a listen as you read.
Review #1: Duncan
Feeling blue in lockdown without live music to go and see? Well 343 Brass Band's debut EP Leave Your Mark is the next best thing, if you want to feel like a five-piece brass band is following you round your house, that is. And who wouldn't want that? With elements of jazz, ska and blues (among others), these cats will have you grooving from the get go.
Before getting into the specifics, a shout out to the drummer and the recording/sound engineer. The drums remain consistently crisp and clear throughout every track in the EP adding a nice level of cohesion.
The EP starts off with a slow ballad-y tune as a bit of a deception, as it quickly evolves into the high energy swing that drives the remaining tracks. My pick of the EP would have to go to "Beware the Speaker". It has a groove reminiscent of Too Many Zooz and my favourite sax solo on the album to finish it off.
The final and title track nicely sums up the EP. "Leave Your Mark" sounds nostalgically like a 90s sitcom exit track and with all the players doing a small sign off to tell you goodbye and hope you've had a wonderful time.
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Review #2: Fil
343 Brass Band is what you’d expect from the name: five brass players and a drummer that’s light on the shuffle. Leave Your Mark is the debut EP from this horny sextet that will definitely put you in the mood for sax. Influenced by the street styles of New Orleans, each track is overflowing with character and sass, and if you don’t swing dance to this while listening to it on the bus then you’re an inhuman monster.
It’s mostly instrumental punch, relying on snappy call-and-response horn riffs except for one track “I Ain’t Gonna Steal Your Man” which soothingly reassures the listener that the band members will not steal men from you, promising to legally purchase their own. The talent in this line-up is enough to rival Aussie gems The Cat Empire, and I can’t wait to hear what they’ve got next.
Nevertheless, I’m giving these smooth tube blowers a blazing hot plasma grenade of approval.
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