The Phenomenal Handclap Band In Brighton
The Phenomenal Handclap Band come to Brighton on Friday 12th March 2010 for their end of tour party no less.
Full live show plus tour DJ as well as Sam Watts (Maxxi Sound System) Johnny Rocks (Rounder Records) and Go Bang Brighton DJs.
The Phenomenal Handclap Band is a tight-knit aggregation of musicians and artists from Lower
Manhattan and Brooklyn. At the center of it is Daniel Collás and Sean Marquand who, joined by their supremely talented friends Patrick Wood, Nicholas Movshon, Luke O'Malley, Laura Marin, Bing Ji Ling, Pier Pappalardo and Joan Tick.
The collective started when Collás and Marquand, two New York underground club DJs, became
restless with the concept of playing other people's music. Both had also been involved in the thriving nightlife scene, and had an almost encyclopedic knowledge of esoteric music ranging from Brazilian soul to vintage psych-rock, so becoming producers seemed to be the next logical step.
After working with a wide range of artists, from veteran soul acts to up-and-coming rock n' rollers, the duo set their sights on The Phenomenal Handclap Band, a collective comprised of various luminaries of the indie rock and underground soul scenes. The resulting self-titled debut (which boasts guest appearances by Aurelio Valle, Carol C, Jaleel Bunton, Bart Davenport, Jon Spencer, and Lady Tigra) is equal parts anthemic, dancefloor-oriented and orchestral, borrowing elements from progressive rock, disco, electro, and psychedelia.
Live, The Phenomenal Handclap Band is distilled to an eight-member powerhouse, an eye-popping spectacle that overwhelms the senses. It pulses with a savage rhythm section that provides the ultimate foil for cascading guitars and electrified washes of organ and synthesizers. Their delirious sermonizing whips crowds into a charismatic frenzy. Needless to say, their live shows are more akin to a spiritual church revival than an actual rock show.