With only one band on the lineup, and no opening acts, the audience trickled in as the countdown to the show continued. Walking in the venue to see a trombone and sousaphone on stage, they knew they were in the right place.
The band then took the stage as the powerful low-brass players began playing. Lead singer Sophia Urista then took the stage to complete the ensemble.
Brass Against is truly a unique band. Composed of the usual singer, guitarist, and drummer as well as so much more. This nights line up consisted of two trumpets, a trombone, sousaphone, and baritone saxophone creating the full ensemble. Their unique instrumentation and genre draws in a wide variety of fans. From Rage Against The Machine fans to brass band fans, everyone was fully appreciating the talent radiating from the stage.
With covers from bands like Audioslave, Rage Against The Machine, and Led Zeppelin, the audience was singing every word. Brass Against is so much more than just a “cover band”, though. Baritone saxophonist Andrew Gutauskas is responsible for arranging all their music, and making it fit their unique instrumentation. By doing this, he is allowed to add and embellish some parts of the songs as he sees fit. For example, they performed an all wind instrument cover of Zeppelins Kashmir, with a 4 minute long, insanely good, sousaphone solo.
Brass Against is a unique project that never fails to put on a good show. Front women Sophia Urista has a voice so powerful, its fits so well with the intense hornline. If you get the chance to see them live, I would highly recommend going, I think you’ll be very impressed.