It's here! It's here! Dark City, the debut album from Funkrust Brass Band, is now officially out! I couldn't be more excited about it.
Without further ado:
I'm really excited about this. It feels like a new stage of my career as a musician.
This album isn't the first thing I've ever been recorded on. You can hear my trombone playing (and trumpet and trombone parts I wrote) on Freres Lapierre's self-titled album from a few years ago:
But with that album, I joined the band in the studio for a day and we laid down the tracks. I've known the band for years (two of the Freres are good friends of mine), and we had been talking about adding some horns to the album they were making for a while. But my part was done in an afternoon. Nice and easy.
While it's nice to go in and get something done, creating something takes work. And the work is what makes it meaningful.
I've been playing with Funkrust for about two and a half years now. We went into the studio with these tunes in March of last year. This process has been a labor of love, and I'm so happy to share it with everyone.
And last night we did! Our record release show at Bar Matchless was amazing. Matchless isn't a huge space, and it was packed full. There were some folks there who have seen us a dozen times, and some I've been trying to get to come to a show for two years.
We played pretty much every song we know. We started by playing the album in order, and then did a bunch of newer songs. And I haven't seen any video yet, but I think things sounded good! But maybe that was just adrenaline.