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The oldest boy band in worldmusic
Sunday, 01.06.2014, 20:20
oh what a night...
Bratsch (FR)
This french-based, bluesy Roma worldmusic band and their sound with its clear proximity to Klezmer, is back on our treasured island. Some call them the Blues Brothers of the Balkans, others the oldest boy band in worldmusic today or the best wild and crazy live dancing band the genre has ever produced. And they all hit it right on the schnozzola, we think.

What you notice first is that these guys’ visages look like they could be cast in a Spaghetti  Eastern if there was such a thing and second, that they could be the discoverers of the mythical fountain of youth. It sure comes across that way because on stage and musically, they exemplify a style that relies on high energy release but relishes controlled virtuosity for its breathtaking and rousing performance of songs about dreams and moody blues and melodies that are spiked with worldly messages. It’s a style rooted, honed and perfected throughout this unique bands history that now spans a cool 40 years, and counting.

Of special interest might be that this gift from the musical gods by the name of Bratsch has been wrapped and generously documented  and recorded in the great anthology Brut de Bratsch 1973-2013  available as a 4 CD’s, 1 DVD and a 142-page booklet (!) package of dynamite. Less poetic: you’ll dig it.

Bratsch translated into english could read maybe like Slam. No matter, we’re going full-blown méchant  again just looking forward to another brut  and slamdunk concert by this forever young and percolatin’ ole boy’s worldmusic band on the equally burpy and forever bubbly Mississihl. 

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