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DOWNLOAD: The Phenomenal Handclap Band - Testimony (MP3)

The Phenomenal Hadndclap Band

In the midst of popular electronic-based production teams such as Justice and DFA, Embassy Sound Productions (ESP) emerges with a fresh approach to dance-oriented rock and roll, using live instrumentation to evoke the intricate arrangements of Norman Whitfield, Quincy Jones, and Phil Spector as well as the pared down beats of contemporaries like The Neptunes and Danger Mouse.

ESP is Daniel Collás and Sean Marquand, two New York underground club DJs who became restless with the concept of playing other people's music. Having been involved with and disenchanted by the local rock and roll scene, they began to focus on producing.

Their initial projects resuscitated the respective careers of two veteran soul acts (New York's Joe Bataan and Brazil's União Black) and garnered critical acclaim, leading Daniel & Sean to set their sights on The Phenomenal Handclap Band, a supergroup comprised of a "who's who" of the indie rock and underground soul scenes. Members of such diverse bands as TV on the Radio, L'Trimm, Calla, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Mooney Suzuki, and Sí Se all contribute their individual talents to the album.

The Phenomenal Handclap Band sound is an anthemic, dancefloor-oriented blend of progressive rock, disco, electro, and '60s soul with sprinklings of hip hop-styled orchestral breakbeats and moody, synth-heavy hooks.
[that's the description written on their MySpace]

I was going to list a whole bunch of keywords that come to mine when listening to the The Phenomenal Handclap Band, but I think they have it covered. Maybe throw in 'B movie soundtrack' (I mean that in a good way). Their unsigned, unreleased album also features contributions by (in addition to who they already mentioned) members of Antibalas, Oakley Hall, the Dap Kings, Amy Winehouse's band, Diamond Nights, Persephone's Bees and Apollo Heights. The people in the picture (can you name any?) are the core group of the band. So far the collective has only played one show. Tonight (Thursday September 25th) is their second. I think there will be 12 people on stage. Details below...

@ Tribeca Grand Hotel
The Phenomenal Hadndclap Band
The Phenomenal Hadndclap Band

Band Members
Daniel Collás (Witch Doctor) & Sean Marquand (Medicine Man)
Patrick Wood (drums)
Nicholas Movshon (bass)
Luke O'Malley (guitar)
with
Jaleel Bunton (guitar)
Thomas Brenneck (guitar)
Jason Roberts (guitar)
Michael Rafalowich (guitar)
Ernesto Abreu (congas)
Rodrigão Ursaia (flute)
Aaron Johnson (trombone)
Richard Nichols (trumpet)
Tim 'Love' Lee (synthesizer)
Lee Douglas (synthesizer)
and
Bart Davenport (vocals)
Kimi Recor (vocals)
Morgan Phalen (vocals)
Carol C (vocals)
Jon Spencer (vocals)
Lady Tigra (vocals)
Micah & Jeremiah (vocals)
Tiombe Lockhart (vocals)
Aurelio Valle (vocals)
Ellen McIlwaine (vocals)

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Comments (20)

In case anyone noticed, I switched the MP3 available per the band's request.

Posted by brooklynvegan | September 25, 2008 12:03 PM

omg the band's reading this! tee hee hee.

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2008 12:09 PM

i like this song!

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2008 2:28 PM

pretty sure the guy with the glasses is Bing Ji Ling

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2008 2:30 PM

Top right is Daptone's guitarist.

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2008 2:44 PM

Top left is Sean Marquand the Medicine man

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2008 2:52 PM

Bing Ji Ling is the funkiest white man alive.

Posted by DJ Max Power | September 25, 2008 3:20 PM

I'm shining up my dancing shoes as we speak.

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2008 3:21 PM

anyone know what time they play?

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2008 4:14 PM

play at 11ish

Posted by anonymous | September 25, 2008 4:27 PM

I'm suing this band for stealing my sunshine...who is their lawyer?

Posted by Legal Eagle | September 25, 2008 4:52 PM

Lower left hand corner is Aurelio Valle from Calla.

Posted by blackhat | September 25, 2008 5:09 PM

lower left is a girl i think

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2008 5:43 PM

I wish I were in NYC so I could go to this.

Posted by Lindy Smooth | September 25, 2008 6:27 PM

girl on the (my) right, second from bottom, is kimi recor

Posted by Anonymous | September 26, 2008 2:21 AM

top right is DJ Daniel, not the Dap Kings guy.

Posted by Anonymous | September 26, 2008 9:36 PM

the lower left bottom is Carol C I think , def not that lazy mexican.

Posted by the great satan | September 28, 2008 10:27 PM

I retract that I think it's Carol T.

Posted by the great satan | September 28, 2008 10:29 PM

OOOaaoooch that was great. They simply burst up my mind. Love them!!!

Posted by Juan M. Randle | August 6, 2010 5:35 AM

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