Watch Brass Against’s Badass Big-Band cover of Tool’s “Lateralus”

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Politically charged music collective Brass Against have offered striking covers of Pantera’s “Walk” and Tool’s “Pot” in recent months, and now they’ve followed up with another cut from the latter’s catalog, “Lateralus”. The impressive performance was filmed in the studio, capturing the dozen musicians on various brass and percussion instruments as well as the composer-producer Suphala and pop singer Samuel Hope. The complexity of the track and the overlapping segments lend themselves remarkably well to the structural complexity of a big-band arrangement.

Brass Against is made up of “a collective of artists, led and organized by Brad Hammonds, who share the goal of creating protest music for brass that calls fans to action.” “We want the music we perform to sound inspiring and resonate with people’s emotions, encouraging them to take action,” the group said on their website’s mission statement. The collective, whose name is inspired by Rage Against The Machine, even received praise from Tom Morello himself. You can see the band live on The Resistance tour, and watch some bonus footage from their performance of the Rage track “Sleep Now in the Fire” below.

Video of Sleep Now in the Fire (Rage Against the Machine Cover)


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