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Last summer was mad, in the good sense. It hardly seems like a whole Autumn-and-Winter ago, but maybe that’s because it took some of us that long to come down from the post-gig high after we did this:

This video was put together by Rob Kelly and Sarah Mann from the band and Piers van Looy not from the band. Bestival crowd, you were cracking.

003-24-2014  |   13:05 PM

Rich Mix Residency Update

NEW: Our YouTube channel now features a Rich Mix Residency playlist. There’s ancient brass instruments and everything – check it out!

We’ve absolutely loved our monthly Rich Mix nights so far, and since we’ve just had another extension confirmed there’s plenty more to come! If you haven’t made it along yet we really hope you can come for Arthur Lea’s Bootleg Brass (and us of course) on April 16th. Here’s a reminder of the beautiful faces and sartorial expertise you’ll be missing out on if you don’t:

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We’re REALLY looking forward to this one!

“Doom inspired, fire and brimstone storytelling weaves its way throughout the songs. Harmonies and dirty gravel-filled lead vocals. All underscored by untamed fiddle lines, sultry jazz fused trombone and thumping double bass. The washboard and drums always inspiring audiences everywhere to get up off their arses and shake somethin’!”

Hope to see some of you there on Weds 19th Feb!

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001-05-2014  |   15:21 PM

Residency at Rich Mix continues into 2014

Happy new year! We’re very pleased to be back at Rich Mix on Wednesday January 15th after our residency was extended into 2014. Our first event will also feature Desert Rock, a multicultural outfit delivering energetic trancey rock blues dripping with Mandinka rhythms, as well as DJ Jamie Renton. Come at 7:30 for our pre-gig talk, ‘Stalin and Shostakovich: The unequal relationship between the unspeakable and the sublime’.

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Some long while ago we had the great privilege of recording at Abbey Road studios in the famous ‘Beatles’ studio 2 with producer Haydn Bendall for a tune on the album of Russian singer and film maker Igor Grigorev. We’re pleased to say it’s now out in the wild and you can listen to it here, featuring band arrangement by TSMB’s Isabella Fletcher and now with bonus russian choirs, violins and shouting peoples. Igor’s album is also available on iTunes. Thanks very much to Haydn and Igor for having us!


011-18-2013  |   16:28 PM

New EP release!

Ahead of our return to the Union Chapel as part of the Daylight Music series, we are very pleased to announce the release of our new EP ‘Live at the Union Chapel‘. Recorded last year, it features six live tracks and is available to download for just £2. Click here to listen or to download your copy.

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108-17-2013  |   10:24 AM

Autumn/Winter Residency at Rich Mix

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TSMB are delighted to announce an autumn residency at Rich Mix, Shoreditch’s outstanding music and arts venue. 

All three events are free of charge to the public and will feature a set from TSMB plus a hand-picked selection of live bands and DJs.






The residency will kick off on the 18th September when we present the highly acclaimed Bad Ass Brass. Comprising some of the finest brass musicians in the UK, this New Orleans-inspired band’s high-adrenaline music always makes for a memorable show.

Filling our brass sandwich will be funk and soul DJ Karl Groover.

Update! We weren’t able to announce it at the time as he had another gig in Shoreditch that week, but this first show also featured a full performance of our collaboration with DJ Yoda,  which we filmed. Video coming soon so you can enjoy it from the comfort of your allotment.










October 16th will feature the fantastic Delicatessen, a London-based group offering a mouth-watering menu of music from across Europe and the Mediterranean. Combining sumptuous vocal harmonies, heart-stopping melodies and driving rhythms, they weave a colourful tapestry of moods and emotions, telling stories of love and everyday life.

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We’re also very pleased to have on board the talents of one of our long-standing favourite DJs, the truly anarchic Penny Metal.

Boldly playing tunes no one else dares, Penny’s passion for Eastern European and Russian music shines through in the eclectic sets she unleashes on her audiences.








On December 18th we will welcome the eclectic sounds of Pest for a Christmas party like no other!

Pest grew out of the SpynaWorkshop collective in South London in the late 1990s, brought together by a funked-up, genre-bending ethos, respect for originality and a common desire to “give music a good kick up the arse”. They have toured extensively as a headline act across the UK and Europe, as well as supporting artists including Nitin Sawhney, DJ Food, Soweto Kinch and Roni Size to name a few. With two previous acclaimed album releases through Ninjatune, Pest are always developing, always writing, and may often be found lurking round a corner ready to say “Boo!” to the obvious.

008-03-2013  |   09:54 AM

Some great reviews from Lovebox

lovebox“The true highlights were away from the safe headliners, but instead to be found in mid-afternoon performances like DJ Yoda smashing ‘Push It’ with a live Siberian horn section – moments which command the body with as much fun-filled force as dance music at its absolute best. And it’s these sweat-down-the-back, wide-beaming moments of summer which are the hallmark of Lovebox’s finest qualities” – Russell Warfield, Drowned in Sound

“Another gem of Saturday was DJ Yoda and the Trans-Siberian March Band, headlining at the Russian Standard vodka-promotion tent. They brought classics such as the Tetris theme tune and songs of the Prodigy alive with the charm and bombast that only a brass band can provide.” – Yolanda Leask, The 405 Reviews

“One of the acts I was most looking forward to seeing was up next in The Russian Standard Vodka tent, a cramped wait in one of the smaller tents at the festival was fully worth it when DJ Yoda finally began his set.  The stunning visuals matched with the chest vibrating sounds from his laptop and orchestral backing resulted in many jockeying for space in the tent to show off their best moves.”  - Steve Shillcock, UK Festival Guides

007-19-2013  |   21:44 PM

Stuart Pearson Wright draws The TSMB

We’re very pleased indeed to have been put to paper by the disgustingly talented Stuart Pearson Wright. He made this lovely picture of us using a combination of mono-line printing, charcoal and pencil. Winner of the BP portrait award, Stuart is one of the UK’s most respected figurative artists so we’re extremely chuffed to have this beautiful drawing, coming to some album artwork near you soon! Ish. For more of Stuart’s work please see

Trans-Siberian March Band drawing by Stuart Pearson Wright

We are excited to announce a preview show of this summer’s festival set with DJ Yoda, which will take place at New Cross’s Amersham Arms on Thursday 20th June. The night will be a charity fundraiser in aid of The Rett Syndrome Research Trust.

View the event on Facebook or see below for details, or click here for tickets.

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