“They sound like they’re inspired both by Charlie Mingus and some great New Orleans jazz band. I can’t quite make this band out, but I do know they sound very different from most of the mostly guitar-based bands here.”
“2 parts continental gypsy, 1 part Balkan folk, a pinch of Swordfishtrombones, with a healthy dash of On Avery Island….
[The Hobo Banned] brought to mind a Salvation Army band playing in a junkyard while tripping on acid.
“Composed of multi-instrumentalists, the ramshackle loping of the [eight]-piece solidifies into a pounding assault of chaos like a runaway horse carriage. While light and uplifting at times, the sound tends to offer an eerie darkness.”
“Sgt. Dunbar and the Hobo Banned … is a passionate collection of brass centric gypsy folk rock featuring a community of spirited voices and an array of instruments that sound like weathered antiques given new life.”
“…c’est un bordel mi-joyeux, mi-fataliste, la jolie excuse pour une trompette qu’on aimerait entendre plus souvent sans avoir à sortir ses disques de jazz, ou de blues.”-La Blogotheque
No matter who you hear in their sound or compare them to, there is loads here to love.
Bordélique? Plutôt. Jouissif? Sûrement.
Interview with ACRN 2011