“Completely extraordinary” – Tom Robinson, BBC 6 Music
Perhaps Contraption is a multi-award winning, progressive brass band from London.
Part choir, part chamber orchestra, part avant rock troupe, they create a truly unique musical experience; melding elements of jazz, punk, art pop and post-minimalism.
Their intense, exuberant shows won the Haizetara International Street Music competition (Spain) in 2014 and 2015, the judge’s prize at Cirque et Fanfare Festival (France) and Help Musicians Emerging Excellence Award in 2013.
They have performed at places as diverse as Glastonbury Festival, The EFG London Jazz Festival, The Royal Academy of Arts, Aldeburgh Festival, Bestival, Sudtirol Jazz Festival (Italy) London Roundhouse, Cross Linx Festival (Netherlands) Wilderness, Southbank Centre, Latitude, Artisti in Piazza (Italy), Buskers Bern (Switzerland), numerous Honk! Festivals (USA) and touring in support of Amanda Palmer throughout Europe.
The troupe are currently artists-in-residence on Snape Maltings‘ ‘Open Space’ scheme; where they are constructing a new album and accompanying theatrical experience. It will be premiere in Autumn 2019.
Perhaps Contraption is an ever-evolving musical collective, founded by Christo Squier in Bristol, 2004.
For the full convoluted history of the project, have a look at the blog post which covers various incarnations of the band from 2004-2011.
“High-energy progressive brass”
“Both baffling and endearing. Perhaps Contraption are intriguing and capable of creating music of such original intensity”
“The band has a strict musical discipline and untrammelled punky energy, somewhere between the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble and British ska band Madness”
“A wave of euphoria sweeps you up and takes you for the ride. There are not so many bands willing to experiment and be as brave as this anymore. In an era of commercial mundanity where too many play it safe, Mud Belief shows a band taking risks”
“A musical monster: exuberant, multivocal, bewitching and disturbing all at the same time. The twisted brass sounds like Steve Reich and Andy Warhol with a Bulgarian women’s choir between them, staggering through Oktoberfest – beautiful and dead drunk.”
Buskers Bern Festival, Switzerland
“Perhaps Contraption are a truly innovative, beguiling and quite frankly sometimes bewildering DIY band”
“Perhaps Contraption are nothing if not wholly unique. With kinetic creativity as their Modus Operandi, the eight-piece troupe team rampant percussion and a flamboyant horn section with multiple-part vocal harmonies”
“Bizarre sonic experiments in mind-twisting melodies”
“A joyous soundclash of choral harmonies and polished brass”
“Big and exuberant, feels like the Pixies meets The Squirrel Nut Zippers”
The Music Journal.com
“an epic, brass fuelled slice of odd-pop”
“a complete joy, brimming with energy and circus bravura.”
Just So Festival