Teknochek Collision

Slavic Soul Party

Teknochek Collision is SSP‘s third cd. Inspired by a Serbian-American auto-mechanic and amateur filmmaker, it is their most accomplished cd to date. The perfect mix of gypsy accordion, tight tunes and dance grooves should propel them to the forefront of a new wave of hybrid World music, joining the ranks of bands such as as Antibalas, Gogol Bordello and Balkan Beat Box.
Before there were DJs and sub-woofers… before there were Casios and Yamahas… before P.A. systems and amplifiers… there was the original analog sound system; the all-mobile, hear-it-from-miles-away, earth-shakin’, party-startin’, all-night brass band.

Teknochek represents a new era for Balkan brass. The nine-piece monster band has scoured tradition, from New York’s five boroughs all the way to Istanbul and the former Yugoslavia’s small town brass festivals, in search of underexposed messed-up rhythms and twisted harmonies only to turn them inside out and make them their own; all the while keeping the essential brass band tradition of moving their listeners, literally and figuratively, with a live and direct sound.

While Bigger their previous album, was recorded in three and a half hours and gave listeners a sample of what the band feels like live, Teknochek Collision— takes its name from a Queens auto repair garage run by the Serbian-Gypsy-American filmmaker and culture worker Gus Dejan—gives insight into how the band members think and shows more of their influences.

They take everything from Matt Moran’s little-kid memories of sneaking up the back stairs to eavesdrop on his Serbian neighbor and his international folk dance work and playing with longtime NYC brass band Zlatne Uste, to the SSP sax-player Oscar Noriega’s childhood playing Mexican music in the American southwest and the rock influences of the Japanese former-rocker/drummer Take Toriyama and the punk-tuba playing of Ron Caswell, to the endless ringtones and video games surrounding us everyday. It all collides together to form something paradoxically exotic and familiar.

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