Saturday, March 26, 2011

Infernal Noise Brigade - Vamos A La Playa (2003)


"The Infernal Noise Brigade was a loose 15-80 piece mobile sound ensemble, a hybrid marching band and drum corps, internationally active in the furtherance of popular liberation for five years. First organized in 1999 to provide the soundtrack for actions during the World Trade Organization meetings in Seattle, the INB marched through clouds of gas and hails of rubber bullets without dropping a beat. Not a year later the group visited Prague in grand style, followed by both BBC and Dutch VPRO film crews. The group prevailed through the violence that marked that event.The INB sound combines elements of drumline, taiko, Mughal and North African rhythms, elements of Balkan fanfares, breakbeats, and just about anything else. Some songs feature vocals and, between or during songs, noise. “The virgin experience of the Infernal Noise Brigade in action can be adrenaline boggling. The music explodes the senses like a thunderstorm.” (Clamour Magazine, 05/01) All instrumentation is mobile; the batería employs traditional marching band instruments like bass drum and snare, with some more obscure metal instruments like the Moroccan qarqbat or Chinese opera cymbals. A small horn section holds down the melody, assisted by vocals and layered with sound collage. Amplified sound is delivered via reverse-engineered car stereo amplifiers and miniature FM transmitters. The same DIY philosophy is applied to all Infernal craftwork, from custom welded drum harnesses to uniforms fashioned from appropriated reflective roadsigns.The group (with members from around the U.S. and some internationally) have also traveled to Cancun, Mexico (2003) to protest, once again, the WTO meetings, to the Republican National Convention in 2004 in New York City, to Scotland during the G8 conference, and has done a tour through Europe.In mid-2006 the band had a “funeral” in Seattle, Wa. to send them off on to their “death” and disassembled."

I met an older gentlemen by the name of Dan a month ago at a friends house party. He told me that he was in a political marching band (I forget the name of it) and went on about how his band was going to a national marching thing. I don't know what they're called, sorry. :/ But anyways, after he told me all of this I went home and was really eager to check out what all the fuss was about. I don't mind marching band stuff but it just wasn't something I'd normally listen to you know? So I pushed it back more and more until later tonight I decided to give it a try and I really enjoyed it. What attracts me most to Infernal Noise Brigade is the fact that they're an anarcho political marching band who take to the streets in a form of protesting... but with MUSIC! Ingenious right?! Seriously, who wouldn't get pissed at a bunch of liberals parading around in the street with a bunch of loud instruments? You can find their other albums Insurgent Selections for Battery and Voice and The Final Recordings on mediafire if you're interested in this kind of music. I'm not sure if this album is a live one or what (judging from the clapping and what not. I'm not sure if that's part of the random part of their music or just fans clapping for them) but for what it's worth it's damn good. I have to say this is my favorite album from all the Balkan influence. If you're looking to step outside the box and wanting to support a political band this would be THE band. This is some different stuff, even for me, so don't miss out!

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