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Mucca Pazza | L.Y.A.

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by Mucca Pazza

“Mucca Pazza’s compositions invoke a world of brass bands and marching bands, from American high-school style to zigzagging Balkan tunes to something akin to a Fellini soundtrack – fun in a relentless way.” NYT
Genre: Rock: Instrumental Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Near / Far
0:41 $0.99
2. Dirty Chompers
2:28 $0.99
3. Lunchtrays & Goldfish
2:23 $0.99
4. All Out of Bubblegum
2:33 $0.99
5. Rise of the Elementals
5:13 $0.99
6. Fox Hunt
3:12 $0.99
7. Sit Down Waltz
2:04 $0.99
8. Holiday On Ice
4:15 $0.99
9. Subtle Frenzy
2:27 $0.99
10. Road to Joy
4:34 $0.99
11. J'accuse
2:58 $0.99
12. Sit Down Smarch
3:31 $0.99
13. Bedtime for Bonzos
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Album Notes
Mucca Pazza assembled itself in the parking lot of a Chicago steel mill in 2004. Combining street theater and marching band instincts with avant-garde and rock band sensibilities, the twenty-odd piece ensemble built a cult following in the local underground music scene. Unconstrained by the rock venue format, Mucca Pazza marched into the city's world-class Millennium Park, becoming something of an unofficial Chicago mascot. Mucca Pazza went national just as the renegade marching band community blossomed into a full-fledged musical movement.

With mismatched uniforms, improvised marching maneuvers, speaker helmets and deconstructed cheer-leading, Mucca Pazza trail-blazed the 'weird as we wanna be' theatrical and visual aesthetic, while exhibiting real musical talent, playing mostly through-composed original compositions that tend to land somewhere between Zappa and Morricone. Atonal harmonies, odd time signatures and labyrinthine melodies are as likely to pop up as sweet brass chords, catchy whistlers and solid grooves.

Mucca Pazza has adapted performances to a wide range of venues such as Late Night with Conan O'Brien, the Kennedy Center, the Kentucky Derby Parade and a WWII P.O.W. camp in Marfa, Texas. Recently, Mucca Pazza transformed locations at Montreal Jazz Fest, MASS MoCA and Crash Detroit.

After years of bringing the party to summer festivals through musical spectacle, Mucca Pazza sat itself down one winter at a local brew pub to raise the musical bar while raising a glass. Compositions from that residency compose Mucca Pazza's fourth record, L.Y.A..

Songs like '...All Out of Bubblegum', 'J'Accuse' and 'Holiday on Ice' are classic Mucca Pazza taken further - hairpin stylistic turns, frenetic noise, and serpentine melodies while 'Bedtime for Bonzos', 'Subtle Frenzy' and 'Lunchtrays and Goldfish' expand the band's musicality into lush, tuneful orchestrations while maintaining their trademark quirkiness.

Gimme an L! Gimmie a Y! Gimme A! What’s it stand for? LYA!



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