‘Pax Volumi’, out 9th September on CD, vinyl and digital, is Youngblood Brass Band’s fourth album, their first on Tru Thoughts. The album comes in a busy year of touring, having played sold-out headlines across Europe and the USA.
Youngblood Brass Band are a unique proposition; focused on creating consistently groundbreaking acoustic music, employing whatever sonic means necessary, the 10-piece ensemble marks the point at which punk, brass band, hip hop and improv jazz collide. They assembled in the ‘90s and have been unleashing their energetic live shows since 2000. Originally formed by high school friends in Wisconsin, the line-up now comprises players from all over America (Madison, New Orleans, New York, Nashville, Minneapolis, Chicago). Their individual musical tastes are conflicting (the tourbus playlist, based on the acts that they all agree on, includes The Rebirth, The Roots, Fugazi and Stevie Wonder), but when combined, they are distilled into something strikingly new.
The band-leader, studio producer and chief vocalist is founder member David Henzie-Skogen – also a revered percussionist and drum-line coach – whose sharp, irreverent humour and fierce, energetic intelligence beam out on the vocal numbers. Equally, his input into the instrumental.