We have been nominated for 4 different BrevardLive music awards!
We are honored to be amongst such talent!
The online voting begun @ brevardlive.com/ballot2
Legend has it that David will do a West Melbourne backflip for every vote you give us!
We’ve also been selected to be part of the evening’s show. Sweet! 🙂
Truthfully, there is no way to compare their music styling to anyone or anything else out there. It is organic and rhythmic and most of all, unique.
Winning the 2nd Annual Original Music Series sponsored by Brevard Live, Lou’s Blues and Budweiser has propelled BBC into the Original Music scene’s forefront. Their eclectic use of a wide variety of instruments makes their music like no other. They really do swap over 30 instruments during each show!
The band’s lineup consists of Jared Campbell on vocals, mandolin and percussion, His Cheap Moves on ukulele, Bryan Tilford on vocals, guitar and banjo, Dave Bitner on guitar, percussion, Anthony Darmana on percussion, and Tom Van Dyke on drums and percussion. And they all play bass!
This humble group of amazing musicians put it all out there at every gig. Their main goal is to play their music in front of as many people as possible. BBC’s busy schedule of playing festivals, benefit concerts and live radio performances doesn’t leave them much time to play for their fans in the streets, or “busking”. Do not fret fellow busker enthusiasts. They’ll be back. It’s what they do.
Try and imagine Frank Zappa & Les Claypool hanging in a tribal drum circle being recorded for a National Geographic special at Bonnaroo.
There is a lot on this record. There’s a lot of mirth, a lot of emotion, a lot of people, a lot of instruments, a lot of creativity, a lot of vocabulary words, a lot of time changes, influences, languages, child’s play, nonsense, and even a few cheeseburgers and a bit of pesto. Sound crazy? Wait til you hear it. The cover photo shows six people but the depth of these arrangements makes it sound like more.
Trying to describe Brevard Busking Coalition to the uninitiated is like trying to describe ceviche to an octopus but it’s easy to get carried away on these BBC beats…
There are probably over forty instruments listed in the credits. They range from wooden frog to Fanta bottle to ukulele and beyond. More traditional instruments appear as well. There’s guitar, bass, and drum kits but they function as more of a foundation for the frogs and Fanta bottles to jump and sputter and spray around on. Interestingly, the musicians, or magicians, or buskers, or artists, or whatever this
collective calls their members, or guests, or whatever they are, are listed only by lower case initials: db; djembe – a; big bass drum – tm; agogo bells etc. Obviously this product is not about the people, it’s about the thing. It’s about an opening. It’s about a place to be.
This is more than a record, it’s an invitation. The opening track, ‘fanga alafia’ is a sort of sideways remake of a traditional Liberian song ‘Funga Alafia’. It’s a song of welcome and the Liberian lyrics loosely translate to “I welcome you with my mind, my voice, my heart…” BBC uses English lyrics as well as the Liberian and the song delivers a strong message of multi-cultural unity and peace.
Of the ten tracks on the disc three are titled after foods though the lyrics don’t necessarily speak of food, some of this stuff is downright sarcastic! The words and vocal layers on ‘pesto’, while certainly gypsy inflected, don’t conjure to mind something you’d order at your local Italian eatery. ‘cheeseburger, cheeseburger’ is a protest song about the agricultural industry and definitely not a celebration of one of
America’s signature food. The rhythms bring to mind another modern gypsy band, System of a Down, but the delivery is 180 degrees away from that groups Eastern Euro metal.
BBC stresses a wide range of acoustic sounds. Though not strictly a food name, track #4, ‘mycelium’, (the vegetative part of a fungus), probably the rocking-est track on the record, moves along at more of a Primus beat.
The production is clean and consistent from start to finish and the strong separation of all of the acoustic instruments make It Will Come Back To You a very engaging listen. Every small cymbal or string has room to breathe while still working along with the rest of the ensemble. Congratulations to the sound engineers. This much sonic definition with this many instruments is not easy to achieve.
Grab a frog, a kazoo, a bongocongodrummywhatsitthingy and who knows? You might end up on the next record.
They obviously don’t call it a Coalition for nothing.
review @ americanrootsuk.com
“I’m guessing that seeing them live would be quite an experience!”
A Hippopotamus, angry at Lord N’Gai for not letting him live in the river for fear that he would eat the little fish, walks into a bar in an African fishing village and scares the crap out of the natives who were about to have a cheeseburger barbeque. They end up shooing it away and then promptly celebrate their happiness for getting rid of the hippo.
The wise man of the village warns, “I wouldn’t celebrate too quickly – It will come back! The Lord N’Gai warned me of this Hippo and that it will eat all of the fisherman’s fish and make us all go hungry. We must protect ourselves.”
The villagers did not have any traps for a hippopotamus, but they did have some cockroach spray which they immediately put down in hopes of keeping out the scary beast. Being very pleased with their progression, they decided to have a feast of the finest pesto the village cook could make. The wiseman watched them celebrate and decided to meditate about this hippopotamus.
In his shamanistic way, the wiseman mediated about the hippo and met the creature in his vision. The wiseman entered the dream of the hippo and the hippo spoke to him.
“Wiseman, I was once angry with the Lord N’Gai. He kept me out of the river for fear that I would eat all of the fish! It is too hot to live out on the banks.”
“Why would the Lord have this fear? You seem to be a very peaceful creature.”
“He thought this way because I have eaten everything in the forest and in the plains.”
“How can Lord N’Gai trust you to not eat the fish?”
“Make a dish of ceviche. Put a bowl out for me. I will visit and you will see that I will not eat the fish. Maybe this will help the Lord trust me.”
The wiseman and the hippo sat in their dream state and conversed for many hours eventually talking about the oneness of all things and how they were just specs in the universe.
The next day the wiseman had the village cook create the most delicious ceviche the village had ever tasted and they left some in a dish near the banks of the river. Eventually the hippo walked by the bowl, sniffed it, but did not eat it. Instead he walked by graciously and waited patiently near the river.
This stunning display of patience impressed every nervous fisherman that had gathered to watch the hippo. Once satisfied with this scene, the Lord N’Gai summoned the villagers into welcoming the hippo to live in their waters.