Album Review: Emperor Norton’s Stationary Marching Band: Disco Dischordia
Emperor Norton’s Stationary Marching Band
Disco Dischordia CD
One of America’s premier instrumental music ensembles, Emperor Norton’s Stationary Marching Band has managed to up their game again on their newest self released album, Disco Dischordia.
This amazing set of 14 tunes comes across like some visceral master’s thesis out to prove that you don’t need electronics to make great dance music.
With the group’s driving, but soulful, percussion and their incredibly sharp horn work, Emperor Norton’s Stationary Marching Band clearly want their audience to be anything but stationary. To wit: this bad ass Boston collective wants you to get down. Get down in the street, get down in the bar, get down in your living room… where ever you hear their music you are instructed to get your groove on.
It’s as if the band is out to subvert the classic Funkadelic maxim*: Free Your ASS and Your MIND Will Follow.
To do this the group isn’t afraid to delve into the forbidden reaches of pop-culture, in this case to to the maligned world Disco.
What ENSMB is aware of, and the rest of the worlds seems to have forgotten, is that the power of disco wasn’t in its glitz or cartoon sexuality but in that it eagerly mined rhythms from around the world to create music that you were compelled to shake your ass to. AND THERE IS NOTHING WRONG WITH THAT. If everyone worried less about the differences we have and more about getting down together the world would be a better place.
This is the World of Emperor Norton’s Stationary Marching Band and I’m proud to be a citizen.
Emperor Norton’s Stationary Marching Band~
*Free Your Mind… and Your Ass Will Follow