When did you last see a concert that made you smile for days and weeks?
Ask anybody who went to see LaBrassBanda, they won’t be able to stop grinning even months later. Only the thought of it makes the happiness bug break out again. Presumably, he or she won’t be completely sure what made the show leave such an impression – maybe it’s something like this:
There are five guys on stage. All in “Lederhosen” and T-shirts. All barefoot. The singer’s announcements are still fairly intelligible. When he sings, there’s no way. The only remedy would be a yearlong stay at a Chiemgau Alps heritage society, including an intensive language course. However, the way he sings it just blows you away. You feel that there’s someone who gives his all, who enjoys what he’s doing. The voice is just another instrument. And with it, there are six: trumpet, trombone, tuba, drums, bass – what a mix!
Before the year 2007, the band’s official founding, probably no one would have thought that it’s possible to stand the test of the biggest European festivals with a line-up like this - and Bavarian lyrics on top. LaBrassBanda can, and have proven it at Roskilde, Hurricane and Southside, at the Sziget, as headliners at the Chiemsee Reggae, and many others. Sure, their biggest solo show at the Olympiahalle in Munich was sheer madness as well. There, in front of 10,000 people, they demonstrated arena and stadium quality. Then again, it was a pilgrimage of their fans, who know the songs and the albums, and many of them have seen plenty of their concerts before. It was a home match.
LaBrassBanda are people magnets. They’re able to captivate us. Leaving people, who have never heard of them before, stand in the crowd without being able to comprehend what they’re witnessing: the power coming from the stage, the force of the brass, the speed – and just like that, they move – although they never usually dance at concerts. That’s when this ‘wow sensation’ kicks in.
The viewers of the Eurovision Song Contest 2013 preliminaries can attest to this experience as well. There, LaBrassBanda only had three minutes and thirty seconds to show all their qualities. That was the given timeframe and LaBrassBanda made use of it. In compressed form, they cast everything that characterizes them into a single song: musical skill, change of tempo and rhythm, Bavarian lyrics, extraordinary arrangement, charisma, and an energy that sweeps the audience off their seats. In the end, they came out runners-up and champions of hearts. You can talk and write about LaBrassBanda, however to understand them, you have to see them live. Have fun!
Manuel da Coll – drums
Stefan Dettl – trumpet, vocals
Andreas Hofmeir – tuba
Manuel Winbeck – trombone
Oliver Wrage – bass