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Brownout Presents Brown Sabbath w/ Think No Think @ Club Dada presented by Fun Fun Fun Fest
October 16, 2015 @ 8:00 pm
Brown Sabbath is the alter ego of eight-piece, Austin-based Latin psych-funk collective Brownout who delve deep into reinterpreting the catalog of metal godfathers, Black Sabbath. Joined by “The Mexican Ozzy” Alex Marrero on vocals, the band is currently touring the world in support of their debut full-length album, Brownout Presents Brown Sabbath. The collection was released by Ubiquity Records in 2014 and would become among the most praised releases of 2014, including accolades from the likes of NPR, Pitchfork and USA Today. Even legendary Black Sabbath frontman Ozzy Osbourne weighed in, stating, “I was shown a video of them performing ‘The Wizard’ and it was a lot of fun hearing it with a horn section. It was great!”
“The Brown Sabbath idea started out like everything else we do, half inside joke, half psychotic. It was an overly ambitious attempt at challenging ourselves as musicians,” says Brownout guitarist Adrian Quesada. “Bridging the gap between our music and Black Sabbath is not as far of a stretch as it might seem though. Sabbath was not only heavy, but soulful and funky in their own dark way. Half the band grew up as metal heads too, so it came naturally. The experience is already beginning to influence our next album of original music.”
Throughout it’s seven tracks, Brownout Presents Brown Sabbath remains true to the darkness, bombast and fuzz of Sabbath’s sound, while re-imagining the music with greasy Afro-Latin horns, hypnotic percussion and psyched-out, rare-groove improv. The highly regarded metal website Invisible Oranges declared: “Plenty of musicians have had the audacity to cover the original masters; few have done so as vividly, inventively, and satisfyingly as Brownout,” while tastemaker blog Aquarium Drunkard wrote, “Not only are these inventive and creative reworkings, they’re infinitely funky and danceable. Latin percussion, fuzzy guitars, and funk beats collide on Sabbath’s compositions and create a new kind of ‘heavy.’”
Formed ten years ago by members of Grammy Award-winning Latin revival orchestra Grupo Fantasma, Brownout has evolved into a musical force all its own. After garnering their third Austin Music Award last year, the band has continued to produce music that is unflinchingly progressive, while evoking the classic influences of artists such as WAR, Cymande and Funkadelic. They’ve performed at events including Bonnaroo, High Sierra Music Festival, Pickathon, FFFFest, Bear Creek Music Festival, Utopia Festival and Pachanga Fest, while regularly touring the United States. Brownout has also served as a highly in-demand backing band for artists including Prince, Daniel Johnston, GZA and Bernie Worrell.