Brighton, United Kingdom — September 14, 2016 — Listen. It’s like this: A piano player slid out of the woodwork. A rhythm section accrued and made it boogie. People listened. Peopled danced. Players came and went. Natural selection prevailed. They got old-guy fuck-you attitude. The TexMex border beckoned. Louisiana lured them into the music of the swamp.
A drummer brought Latin grooves and African mojo. The piano player fell in love with Monk again and set things swinging. The songs started arriving, sometimes cynical, sometimes sad. They got sharp. They got tight. They got GOOOD.
‘burn it’ Smith Piano, keyboards, righteous upright bass, arranger, actor. Writes songs so good they tried to break his thumbs.
Hank Young aka Henri Lelouche. Basses. Hasn’t shot a man in decades.
Den O’Dair. Latinista groovemeister extraordinaire. Drums, percussion. Ask him for a reversed clavé rumba. Do it nicely.
Chris Carpenter Trombone, melodica, clarinet, keyboards marimba.This girl asked him how many instruments he played. He said, ‘Only one at a time.’
Seems like people are building borders these days. To keep people out. To keep people from connecting. These guys have spent years crossing over, border to border, place to place, culture to culture, groove to groove.
Some of these songs will defy you not to get down and shake it. Some of them will make you listen. And think.
The Border Band have released their first track on https://soundcloud.com/theborderband
The Border Band
‘burn it’ Smith
1 Daisy Court, 65 Middle Street, Brighton United Kingdom
0044 7941 147937
Press Kit: https://soundcloud.com/theborderband