The curious thing about being a fan of Brasshouse? You’re pretty much talking about being into one solitary but extremely unforgettable band: the amusingly monikered Too Many Zooz.
The musical style was “branded” by drummer King of Sludge, who recognized that there was no worthy existing classification for the New York trio, whose other two members are the equally unclassifiable Leo P. (saxophone) and Matt Doe (trumpet).
“Brasshouse is a high energy musical conversation,” Matt insists. “Though I honestly don’t think there is a good way to describe it in words. It’s about many different feelings and sounds and emotions.”
Or as KOS so decisively puts it, “I don’t really care about what’s happening in music – I just make art that I enjoy making.”
It’s exactly this indifference to convention and trend that has garnered Too Many Zooz a fanbase that KOS describes as “wide-ranging and fanatical.” One of those fans? In 2016, Beyonce asked them to perform with her at the Billboard Music Awards…and it’s quite possible they got just as much attention as did she.
After two years, a gazillion live performances and four EPs, their debut album Subway Gawdz (an unsubtle reference to their birth in the underground stations of NYC), was released to enthusiastic acclaim in 2016. Its sound was truly like nothing else, with inescapable grooves that take in dub, soul, funk and ska, utterly exhilarating horn blasts that shoot right up your spine, and, of course, equal doses of fun and attitude.
“I don’t think there’s any recording that can do a live performance justice,” reckons Matt. “You’ll see people of all different colors, creeds, genders, ages, sexuality at our shows. I really can’t find a constant between them…besides liking our music – haha.”
But for everything that’s happened in the last couple of years, the trio aren’t actually all that surprised by their success.
“I always knew we had something special,” Leo enthuses. “Thousands of people everyday loved our music…and I knew it would just continue to spread.”
US TOUR INFO
January 13th. THE SOCIAL, Orlando
January 14th. THE CROWBAR, Tampa
January 16th, VARIETY PLAYHOUSE, Atlanta
January 17th, EXIT/IN, Nashville
January 18th, THE GREY EAGLE, Asheville-NC
January 19th, THE BLIND TIGER, Greesboro-NC
January 21st, CAT’S CRADLE, Carrboro-NC
January 22nd, THE SOUTHERN, Carlottesville-VA
January 23, UNION STAGE, Washington DC
January 24th, BROOKLYN BOWL, Brooklyn
January 25th, THEATRE OF LIVING ARTS, Philadelphia
January 28th, THE HOLLOW, Albany-NY
January 29th, THE HAUNT, Ithaca-NY
January 30th, BUFFALO IRON WORKS, Buffalo
January 31st, BEACHLAND BALLROOM, Cleveland-OH
February 1st, URBAN ARTIFACT, Cincinnati-OH
February 4th, EL CLUB, Detroit
February 5th, CONCORD MUSIC HALL, Chicago
February 6th, MAJESTIC THEATRE, Madison, WI
February 7th, OFF BROADWAY, St. Louis-MO
February 8th, THE BOTTLENECK, Lawrence-KS
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