Good things come to those who wait…
…and we could not be more excited that there is a second TSMB album now recorded and in production! It’s rare to see all 14 members of the Trans-Siberian March Band in a room together except on nights with a full moon, but here we all are messing with expensive lovely equipment at Air Studios in Hampstead.
The album will be a mix of originals and our own takes on traditional Balkan and Gypsy tunes. Even bigger and better than the last, it’s mostly fast and furious but paces itself with the obligatory latin-flavoured smoochy number, a love medley and a quick blast of the Tetris theme. More brass than you can slide a trombone at comes as standard.. hints of drum&bass and hip-hop thrown in by the percussion section for good measure? Why not.
Huge thanks to Fi and Toby at Air Studios and Rob from the band for managing to herd everyone together for long enough to record us, and for all your time and effort in making it sound great. The release date is TBC, but we’ll keep you updated here as well as on Facebook and Twitter (keep your eye out for the odd preview too). You can also still get our first album and our more recent Live at the Union Chapel E.P. on Bandcamp.
Ps. we’re taking a break from our Rich Mix residency this month but we’ll be back in July. Here’s a picture of bass drum-ist and monkey-botherer Fotis leading a thoroughly enjoyable Balkan dance workshop at the May edition!
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.
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:
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!
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’.
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!
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.
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.
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.
“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
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 http://www.stuartpearsonwright.com