Stig - Rum n Brass

Rum n Brass

Don’t judge an album by its title. You’ll either be expecting something along the lines of Ska or something that might be described as an “ensemble” but this is neither.

In fact, this is a mixture of carnival, football anthem and urban music that defies description. Well, almost – if it totally defied description, I’d just give up about now, but I’m not about to throw in the towel on this one, it’s worth more than that.

This is punk music, hidden under layers consisting of bass drum, electronic snippets, raw guitars, and trumpets (and I’m a bad enough musician to be including cornets and whatever else makes a similar noise, even though I know it’s ignorant!)

Try to picture the Mighty Mighty Bosstones having a bash at the Three Amigo’s soundtrack and you’ll have a fair idea of the clash of shouty lyrics and trumpets that forms songs such as ‘A Piss Artists Trick’ and ‘Phat Elvis Impression’. It’s not long before someone’s pint gets spilled and it ends up with a blood-bath on the jukebox.

Underneath all these sounds there are lyrics that could scorch the feathers off a phoenix and it demonstrates a really heavy undercurrent of dissatisfaction that finally connects the band to their hometown.

Stig are an easy band to like – with urban cool and stylish individual sounds at their disposal and no fear of using them.

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Steve Fenton writes in our music, words, and culture categories. He was Editor in Chief for The Mag and covered live music for DV8 Magazine and Spill Magazine. He was often found in venues throughout the UK alongside ace-photographer, Mark Holloway. Steve is also a technical writer and programmer and writes gothic fiction. Steve studied Psychology at OSC, and Anarchy in the UK: A History of Punk from 1976-1978 at the University of Reading.

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