BTP shoots the Hot 8 – New Orleans, LA

Blue Throat’s William Sabourin and Christopher Porché West shot this video for the hot 8 brass band and Tru Thoughts records with images echoing the connections between New Orleans’ own Hot 8 Brass Band and the new pulse of this old city the band still calls home. The Hot 8 brass band has always been a group that speaks out when they see something wrong in their community – sometimes to tragic ends. But this has never diminished the bands intensity to fight for what is right. You can hear fiya in their sound on the street. And in and around the juke joints and clubs cross the world. Much of the footage of New Orleans was taken by Sabourin himself as he chose to stay to bare witness to the streets of his home during Katrina so the world could know and see the truth.

BTP has been working with the Hot 8 Brass Band for nearly ten years documenting Secondlines, interviews and live juke joint shows (we live in the same town) and so found ourselves well acquainted with their wants and style and visual story they wanted to share with the world. Much has been lost in post-Katrina New Orleans and in an attempt to get back to business as usual as quickly as possible, many people, neighborhoods, homes, have been forgotten in the name of progress. Throughout time it is those without a voice who get stepped on and much of the New Orleans of today confirms this truth in clear tones.

Hovering right round this, the 30th anniversary of the Specials’ hit, Ghost Town, the Hot 8 reached into their mojo bag and breathed out New Orleans brass band funk into this early 80’s punk anthem. Down here where we cry when they’re born and try to smile and dance when they pass – BLAM – The Hot 8 felt the ska beat’s a-tonal chords and dead on lyrics resonating as they look out and try to make sense everyday of what’s become of our home, this magical city since the catastrophe of the storm’s aftermath. They listened hard and heard the reflections of our “new” New Orleans against the Specials’ Ghost Town from an England 30 years before: economic unrest, social upheaval, burning white hot in a furnace of violent change.

For more on the Hot 8 Brass Band check out: Hot 8 – Flag Gang, Super Sunday Before the Storm

Hot 8’s latest album will be available soon through Tru Thoughts