Stomptown Brass has emerged as one of the most unique acts in Ireland in recent times. Blending the sounds of funk and blues with a raucous cacophony of powerful driving rhythms, Stomptown Brass make the most of their impressive line-up: three Drummers, three Trombones, two Trumpets, one Saxophone and one big dirty Tuba.
What sets Stomptown Brass apart from any other act in Ireland is the originality of their sound combined with the unmistakable energy of brass music.
The set is made up almost exclusively of originals written by trombonist James O Leary. The tunes include bluesy vocals, dark infectious grooves, disco beat breakdowns, and funky minimalist rhythms, all delivered with a level of enthusiasm and showmanship rarely found on the circuit today. Stomptown Brass began when a group of like-minded brass players, known to each other from playing with bands and orchestras around Dublin, decided they wanted to take the tradition of brass bands and turn it on its head.
Recent projects include a 4-night sold out run at Dublin Fringe 2017 where they took on the audacious task of holding a New Orleans Jazz Funeral, for the truth.
"Locomotive is concerned with the essence of sound, the incommunicable feeling that music can give us when the right notes are played at the right time, and all the harmonics gather into one whole being...throughout Locomotive you can feel the energy and power that Stomptown Brass hold over their music...Locomotive is a boisterous carnival of music that comes across fully on record" - The Last Mixed Tape.
"With the hot jazz vim and vigour of My Duchess Has A Heart of Gold, Stomptown Brass show they are students of their influences but are not chained or confined to them. Rolling along with all the forward motion the E.P’s title would suggest and made all the more convincing by big call and response vocals, the song is the highlight in a record brimming with life". - The Last Mixed Tape.
" more assured and taut then, is the E.P.’s single, My Duchess has a Heart of Gold. It’s call and response motif, draws up the playful nature of the music, and the sound of being in the coolest gang in town. The lyrics are irreverent fun..." - PureMzine
Fury "is exactly the sound you think a brass band should make. It is a gem that sparkles with confidence and muscularity." It is a musical journey that "weaves from large swells of melodically spiralling brass to shuffling rhythm in the blink of an eye. One moment the group are reigning it all in, and the next it’s a full-on tour de force of joyous musical celebration" - The Last Mixed Tape.
The final track is "a glorious example of a young Dublin band nodding at two parallel histories, and getting good vibes back from both" - PureMzine.
Liam Ryan - Trumpet
Rob Grant - Trumpet
Luke Byrne - Tenor Sax
James O'Leary - Trombone
Finnian Kelly - Trombone
Lorcan Brennan - Trombone
Brian Larkin - Tuba
Brendan Doherty - Drums
Conor MacSweeny - Drums
Darragh McGrath - Drums