Loud Mouth Brass, Rochester’s most ubiquitous brass band, has found its recipe for success, according to sousaphone player Becca Combs-Cawley.
“We’re a lot cleaner; we’re a much tighter group,” she said. “We have the ability to actually play with each other on stage … just being able to change and react together, instead of playing everything the same way, every time, I think has been one of the really cool things that we’ve developed in this last year.”
The ensemble, which honed its sound playing at Rochester’s outdoor festivals for years, releases its second EP, “Louder,” Friday, July 31 with a 7 p.m. outdoor show at Little Thistle Brewing.
Combs-Cawley thanks her neighborhood (the East Side Pioneers) for jamming along to the band’s front-lawn practice sessions and allowing the brass band to keep marching on — sometimes literally, given the odd parade concert toward the start of quarantine.
When people ask Combs-Cawley what kind of band Loud Mouth Brass is, she says they’re a “shake-your-butt band,” she said. But “Louder” represents an entirely new period for the brass players — one you won’t have heard before.
The ensemble’s first EP, “Loud and Proud” in 2018, was a bit of a mishmash of the writers’ styles, Combs-Cawley said — trombone player John Sievers’ jazz background, bari sax player Eric Stashek’s controlled style, and more.
For example, “Oil and Water,” written by former band member Zach Sander, is one of Combs-Cawley’s favorite pieces because it “takes huge leaps away from everything else we play.”
She's excited to see the audience's reaction to the new pieces — especially a couple of brand-new songs, which will premier at the album release show Friday.
“I think we really found our sound,” she said. “The first EP was a bit of a ‘throw everything in the pan’ — this feels like a recipe.”
Copies of the EP will be for sale at Little Thistle Brewing on Friday night for $10 in cash. Loud Mouth Brass asks all attendees to wear masks and remain 6 feet apart from people outside their households.
If you go
When: 7 p.m. Friday, July 31
Where: Little Thistle Brewing, 2031 14th St. NW, Rochester
Cost: Show is free, CDs for sale -- $10 each, bring exact change in cash
More information: Learn more about Loud Mouth Brass on their Facebook page: www.facebook.com/LoudMouthBrass.