Produced by Ben Ellman of Galactic = Irresistible NOLA Magic
MarchFourth: A SteamFunk Rock-n-Roll Circus Party!
Head on over to Live For Live Music for the Premiere of “Push It Back”
“MarchFourth continues to host some of the most exciting live performances today, as the giant band of 20 musicians, stilters, acrobats and more never ceases to amaze.”
Featuring Stanton Moore on drums → http://bit.ly/L4LM_MarchFourth_PushItBack
Portland, OR — Fifteen MarchFourth musicians traveled to New Orleans and spent ten days recording at The Parlor Recording Studio, making their fourth studio album, MAGIC NUMBER, their first in over five years. With Producer Ben Ellman (Galactic) and Engineer/Producer Mikael “Count” Eldridge (DJ Shadow, Tycho, Galactic, Trombone Shorty) at the helm, this album is full of the captivating grooves and brassy swagger you have come to expect from M4, plus a healthy dose of New Orleans magic, with guest appearance by Trombone Shorty, Stanton Moore (drums), and Matt Perrine (sousaphone).The album was fan-funded through Kickstarter and is out today!
What folks are saying about MarchFourth’s Magic Number:
“If for some reason you’re not yet familiar with the brilliant multimedia assault [of MarchFourth], picture a multiplied Tower of Power—9 horns! 5 percussionists! 2 guitars!—dressing up like some alternate-universe high school outfit and performing with a less pretentious, burlesque Cirque du Soleil. It’s a perfect assault on the senses, one that’s been garnering them fans all over this great country.” —Offbeat, Robert Fontenot
“MarchFourth — Far from your average band” —Medium, Thomas Gerbasi
“Mighty, Explosive, Carnivalesque Brass Band Funk” —New York Music Daily
“The tunes are captivating and grow more infectious with each listen. Although you can sense the fun they are having, it is also clear that these musicians have had plenty of training and formal practice. I find it difficult to compare this to anything else I’ve heard except perhaps the aforementioned Sun Ra’s unit doing their improvisational versions of traditional jazz tunes like ‘King Porter’s Stomp.’ March Fourth, though, writes totally original material which further adds to the intrigue. You’re never sure where the song is going, but somehow the album stays focused and cohesive —Elmore Magazine, Jim Hynes
“Just when you think you’ve heard it all, suddenly a band crosses paths with your ears and changes everything… Full of auditory goodness…” —NYS Music, Sarah Bourque
“There’s something cool and sneaky about this one [“The Quarter”], like a spy going about his work. It begins as an instrumental, and then halfway into the track, the vocals come in. ‘Sitting in the window seat, the city in your sight.’ But it’s those horns during the next section that I especially love. Bloody wonderful! This song then breaks through to a bright, magnificent section, before returning to that cool opening section again.” —Michael Doherty
“It was groovy funk to start with a Caribbean bit tucked in there. All of the horns were beautifully synced and perfect. Everything had that old school big band feel. However, with their clothing and animated dances, they made sure to take it to another level. They honestly were in a world primarily their own. Jazz-funk was another of their genres as the trio of percussionists maintained a steady and addictive beat. Each horn had their moment to shine as each musician added their particular taste to the instrument. Whether it was the trombone, flute, sax, trumpet or beyond, they were quick on the feet. Their fingers and puffs of notes were sublimely fast and suave.” —Punchland, Myles Hunt, Review of a live show about The Jewel Rocks Off Concert Cruise in NYC
More about the Album:
“MAGIC NUMBER represents a shift in the band’s musical evolution, featuring more vocals and guitar than our previous records.” Founding member and band leader, John Averill, who also sings and plays electric bass says, “It is also the first record by ‘MarchFourth’ (Formerly MarchFourth! Marching Band; we officially dropped the “Marching Band” from our name).”
“Unlike M4’s previous albums, recorded over weeks and months in our hometown of Portland, Oregon, getting the band to NOLA for a ten-day recording session really created an intensity and electricity you can feel throughout MAGIC NUMBER.” Founding member, cymbal player, singer, and tour manager Dan Stauffer recalls, “After long days at The Parlor, the band members would go out to party on Frenchman Street and sit in on sets all over the city, meanwhile the producers, Ben and Count, would create mixes late into the night: that’s the mojo you can hear, everything going off for ten days straight.
“Working with a large group of talented songwriters and musicians in M4 made the project go really smoothly. Wherever the band goes they sort of set up camp… that led to a really creative working communal environment.” Producer Ben Ellman states, “It’s always exciting to work with a band that is open to experimentation and different possibilities. MarchFourth came in wanting to expand their sonic pallet from what they’ve done previously.”
Ellman attests, “The individual songwriters all had a clear vision of where the song should end up… there are different styles on the record, but as a whole it’s very cohesive. Very MarchFourth.” Four of the band’s members wrote the eleven songs on MAGIC NUMBER including John Averill, trombonist and singer Anthony Meade, trumpet player and singer, and project manager Paul Theodore Chandler, and electric guitarist and baritone sax Taylor Aglipay.
Stanton Moore makes a guest appearance on drums on the song “Push It Back” carrying the listener off on a royal litter of afro funk. Trombone Shorty blows a fiery solo on “Inventing the Wheel,” a musical journey into a heavy hypnotic groove; the track also features Ben Ellman on harmonica. Matt Perrine of Bonerama plays sousaphone on the uplifting and soul searching “Science (Free Your Mind)” which radiates all the energy of a street party in a full-on brassy explosion.
MarchFourth will continue to tour all over the United States in support of this album through the fall and into 2017 with their colorful stage show full of energy and groove. Widely recognized for the allure of their live show, MarchFourth breaks ground with their music in the forefront on MAGIC NUMBER.
Check out the behind the scenes footage of the making of MAGIC NUMBER at https://youtu.be/Appen5B33pk
For more information, tour dates, and news from the road, visit M4 at www.MarchFourthBand.com, instagram.com/m4mb, facebook.com/marchfourthmarchingband, twitter.com/m4mb, and on YouTube.
MarchFourth’s ‘Magic Number’ Tour Dates
9/30-10/1 Fri-Sat – Sierra Nevada Brewing Co’s Oktoberfest – Chico, CA
10/4 Tue – Harlow’s – Sacramento, CA
10/5 Wed – Don Quixote’s International Music Hall – Felton, CA
10/6 Thu – Great American Music Hall – San Francisco, CA
10/7-8 Fri-Sat – Sierra Nevada Brewing Co’s Oktoberfest – Chico, CA
10/15 Sat – Fed Up Fest – Kansas City, MO
10/28 Fri – Revolution Hall (2 shows!) – Portland, OR
12/14 Wed – Domino Room – Bend, OR
12/15 Thu – The Egyptian Theater – Boise, ID
12/16 Fri – The Hive – Sandpoint, ID
12/17 Sat – Winthrop Barn Auditorium – Winthrop, WA
1/20/2017 Fri – Broadway Center for the Performing Arts – Tacoma, WA
1/21/2017 Sat – Vern Burton Center – Port Angeles, WA