Soul Food Presents Hackney Colliery Band

3rd Mar, 2013 | admin | Events


This Saturday marks the arrival of our second Soul Food party of 2012….After an absolutely insane Mardi Gras party we figured we’d best keep the good vibes coming and have invited the almighty Hackney Colliery Band to come and play live for us.

HCB was formed in 2008 by a group of London horn players in a Hackney kitchen. They were inspired by New Orleans marching bands, Balkan brass and the contemporary hip hop-influenced brass coming out of the US, and decided it was time for a British take. Keen to bring some of the UK’s own brass band heritage to the table, they quickly recruited two killing drummers and strapped marching drums to their chests. The result was LOUD, funky and – importantly – mobile. With some fat sousaphone basslines in the mix too, they were ready to start terrorising the London streets.

The HCB repertoire is made up of arrangements and compositions from several different band members. People brought in whatever tunes they liked to the rehearsals, creating a pad made up of 90s hip hop, re-worked pop classics, cartoon samples borrowed from MF Doom, rock ballads given a brassy makeover, Balkan-tinged original tunes and more. All of this combines to produce the sound you hear today, and it’s constantly evolving; these days at HCB gigs it’s not uncommon to hear a melodica feature back-to-back with a baritone sax/sousaphone battle (the sousa won).

With 200 people packed into The Yardbird on a Saturday night, it doesn’t take a genius to figure that it’s gonna go OFF!

Why The Yardbird you ask? What’s it got to do with Soul Food? Well, The Yardbird is pretty much the all week around home of funk, jazz and soul in the city centre and given it’s holding as one of the hottest venues of it’s kind in the country, we’re buzzing to be hosting a show there.

To top all this off, we’re also bringing along for the ride Sir Dom Servini of Wah Wah 45’s fame (one of the hottest funk labels in the country to those not in the know!)…..Click here to hear a mix from the main man himself.

£6 in on the door (if there’s space..It’s gonna be a rammer!) or a fiver in advance to guarantee your admission…Pick those tickets up right here

We’ll let the music do the talking from here onwards…See you all Saturday…….