Funkrust Brass Band is a 20-piece post-apocalyptic disco-punk brass band playing all original music with megaphone vocals, heavy tuba bass lines, thundering percussion and searing brass melodies. We mix post punk, disco, EDM, metal, and funk with Balkan brass and New Orleans second line sounds.
Our music is conceived to bring hope to the survivors of a future dystopia: in this post-apocalyptic world, the only bands left are those that can play without electricity or sound equipment. The music of the apocalypse isn’t death metal—it’s brass.
Since releasing our debut album, Dark City, in 2017, we’ve been honing new songs through live performances, playing underground art party venues like Rubulad, immersive experiences like the McKittrick Hotel, cultural institutions like the New York Botanical Garden, and rock clubs like the Mercury Lounge. Now we’re working on an ambitious project that includes recording four new songs for a four track digital EP, a two track limited edition color 7” vinyl single, and a cycle of music videos, each utilizing different analog technologies. We’re calling it Bones and Burning, and we’re asking your help us make it happen.
BONES AND BURNING
Bones and Burning will include four original songs to be released on multiple platforms as an digital EP. Two of these songs, "Terminus" and "Uncanny Carnival," will also be released as a limited edition color 7" vinyl single, as a nod to our future lack of digital technology.
We’re also planning to create music videos for three of the songs, working with some incredible filmmakers in different mediums and styles. True to form, each video will be created using a different analog technique. The mad geniuses at WLND Brooklyn Public Access Internet will give our real estate nightmare tune "Open House Fire" their VHS/green-screen treatment. The multitalented Stefan Zeniuk (also known for occasionally guesting with us with his fire-spewing baritone sax) will create a stop motion creepshow video set to our twisted demonic circus adventure song, "Uncanny Carnival". Finally, the team at Energeia Films, led by noted writer and director Iain Marcks and our own alto sax player Cassandra Burrows, are producing an epic short film, shot with analog film stock, based on our song of persistent hope in the face of despair, "Terminus".
We’ve already started recording these songs, tracking direct to tape at THE DREAMFIELD, an analog studio run by the incredibly talented recording engineer Michael Kammers, who also happens to be the bandleader for the MK Groove Orchestra, one of our favorite big bands to collaborate with live.
The rough recordings already sound great, and now we need your help to complete this project. Your support will help us fund:
- Printing and Pressing Vinyl Records
- Digital Distribution
And for the music videos:
- Production Staff
- Props and materials
With your help, Funkrust Brass Band will be able to bring joy, comfort, and catharsis to the people who are rebuilding in the ruins, resisting our robot overlords, and remaking the world, not to mention all of you!
We’ve put together a variety of fun rewards for your support. We thank you again, we couldn’t do it without you.
Kickstarter video by Funkrust Brass Band
With special thanks to: Bill Lynd, Iain Marcks, Stefan Zenuik, Michael Kammers, Larry Kolker
Stretch Goals Update
Thanks to everyone who has supported our project! Our goal of raising enough money for mixing and mastering the EP and producing the 7" single has become a reality! What comes next? Stretch goals!
Stretch Goal #1: $8,000
We have an opportunity to do something really spectacular with the music video for "Terminus," our epic tale of hope lost and found again: a fully fledged short film, produced with a team of professionals. We've already started preliminary work with our creative team for the video, and we’ve come up with some truly ambitious ideas. We've written a multiple-page narrative script full of dramatic moments, special effects, and deep cinematic references. We've cast every band member we can in the video in distinct roles. We want to use multiple locations-- from the eerie abandoned WWII-era Fort Tilden ruins in the Rockaways, to the ghostly train tracks swallowed by nature in Forest Park, Queens, to the chaotic art-scape that is our beloved Rubulad in Bushwick.
We want to hire professional cinematographers, a production designer, a choreographer, a costume designer, and a makeup artist. This is not to mention the cost of film stock, processing, editing, venue rental fees, and the expense of transporting and feeding a cast and crew of nearly 20 people over the course of three days. If we reach our $8,000 stretch goal, we can truly take this element of the project over the top and do it the way we dream of it without cutting corners. Are you with us?
If we reach our stretch goal, we'll also record a special backers-only video rendition of our love letter to the party at the end of the world, "Have You Heard," live at an upcoming practice, and share it exclusively with our backers.
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Risks and challenges
The actual apocalypse could happen and we'll all die. But seriously, there’s always a risk in making a new record-- scheduling delays being the primary one. Video production also takes a lot of planning and scheduling conflicts sometimes create delays that are out of our control. We've already spent one day in the recording studio, but only with your support will we fulfill our artistic vision for these songsLearn about accountability on Kickstarter
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