FOR ten years, Vancouver six-piece Brasstronaut have been exploring musical grounds like a rootless jongleurs; unhappy to define themselves by a sound. This has seen the outfit shift between aching indie rock and Afrobeat without the slightest hint of laxity. But after meandering between the genres, it appears Brasstronaut has finally found a happy ground where there’s “nothing wrong if people want to dance to a thing or two.”

Cue ‘Sooner Or Later’ – the newest track from Brasstronaut’s self-titled third album, hitting our shores from February 24 via Tin Angel Records.

It’s a track that will no doubt please hip-shakers both here and in Canada. Led by pianist and singer Edo Van Breeman, the self-confessed ‘seeker of other places’, the track demonstrates all that is compelling with this well-travelled group. With Van Breeman’s nervous Oliver Sims’ – of The xx famed – hushed tones on a constant path of eruption throughout, it’s left to the remaining five to continue to slap down a jarring groove below.
‘Sooner or Later’ is a song that according to its guitarist Tariq Hussain comments “on the culture of disposable music created by the internet”. And what a statement. The fusion of jaded guitar and simmering horns really cement within the grooving verse and restrained chorus.

But as with any great soon-to-be dancefloor anthem, it’s the climax that must be on point. Foals know the drill. Crushing build-up soaked in more breaks than an commercial-soaked American football game, before the rupturing, nerve-shredding end. ‘Sooner or Later’ is this and more. The choir of voices chanting the title above a high-octane mix of horns and guitar. Immense. It just has that perfect lift. Like a warped phoenix emerging from the flames.

The band’s newest album promises to be their most pleasing. And although for Brasstronaut, a group founded on an almighty desire to constantly move, they have found a perfect formula, they have never sounded more at home.

Words by Clive Hammond


FOR SOMETIME, Charlotte Mary O’Connor – aka Charlotte OC – has been the electro-soulstress on the cusp of brilliance. Her 2013 track ‘Colour My Heart’ remains one of the darkened pop classics that finally distanced her from the bratty pop career Sony had once dreamt she would have. And in the four-years since, critics, fans […]
NOT SINCE Sigur Rós landed in 1997 with their maiden release ‘Von’, has a debut album created such an anthemic buzz that every shard of the body quakes in sorrow, ectascy and electricity. And within minutes of London trio Mt Wolf’s ‘Aetherlight’ the very nature of the listener’s spirituality and existence is bought to question. […]
FOR quarter of a century, Newport alternative rockers Feeder have adorned playlist after playlist collated by exasperated teenagers, angry at something that they don’t really understand. Their songs have continually found relevance across generations of fans with the likes of smash hit ‘Buck Rodgers’ and ‘Just the Way I’m Feeling’ firm favourites, whether it be […]
IT’S been three-years since alternative outfit Happyness became our favourite dejected youngsters with 2014’s ‘Weird Little Sister’, and now as the Londoners return with ‘In Write’ the adolescent euphoria has become mature beauty. Whereas previously Happyness were about dysfunctional lyrics and sobering melodies, the space now filled by the trio represents something closer to the […]
With a career spanning four decades and 17 albums, The Stranglers, punk rock’s great survivors, show no sign of letting up any time soon. Rarely taking a break from touring The Stranglers have been a regular feature at Southampton’s Guildhall in recent years. Despite it being a Monday night the place was packed and the […]
NEW York is synonymous with musical duos. Throughout the history of the state, there is a rich vein that constantly pumps out and supplies every corner, genre and listener with something identifiable and emancipating. Simon & Garfunkel providing disconsolate lovers with a soundtrack of regret, the fronting up beats of east-side hip hop outfit Mobb […]