Brass Against is a brass band who made a name for themselves with their covers of songs by heavy rock bands, like Rage Against the Machine, Tool, Alice In Chains, Black Sabbath, Beastie Boys, and Pantera. And at least one of those bands approve -- RATM's Tom Morello is a fan.

They're now set to release their first EP of original music on April 10. "This EP marks our first foray into writing after doing interpretations of others’ songs for the last two years," says band leader Brad Hammonds. "We can’t wait to release these three tracks and to continue writing and recording. The process has been the most rewarding thus far."

We've got the premiere of the EP's first single, "Umbra," and like the covers the band does, it comes with a live-in-studio video. Frequent collaborator Sophia Urista is on lead vocals (for this song and the whole EP), and the song is pretty much in the same vein as the covers -- heavy, '90s-style alt-rock and alt-metal but with lots and lots of horns. It's pretty badass, and Sophia is exactly the kind of powerhouse vocalist you need to sell this kinda thing. Brad Hammonds adds, "Umbra’ is a song about being in the now. The chorus juxtaposes an angry scream with the meditative lyric: 'just breathe.' When we meditate we can see thoughts are an illusion. They are insubstantial, fleeting, transitory and ultimately meaningless. The breath holds reality." Listen and watch the video below.

Tracklist
1. Umbra
2. Pull The Trigger
3. Blood On The Other

Brass Against -- 2020 Tour Dates
03/23 Birmingham, UK – The Mill
03/24 Bristol, UK – The Fleece
03/25 Glasgow, UK – Saint Luke’s
03/26 Manchester, UK – Club Academy
03/27 Leeds, UK – Brudenell Social Club
03/28 London, UK – Islington Assembly Hall
03/30 Nijmegen, NET – Doornroosje
03/31 Tilburg, NET – 013
04/01 Cologne, GER – Gloria
04/02 Courtrai, BEL – De Kreun
04/04 Stin-Niklaas, BEL – De Casino
04/05 Lausanne, SWI – Les Docks
04/06 Paris, FRA – NF-34
04/07 Toulouse, FRA – Bikini
04/08 Madrid, SPA – Caracol
04/09 Barcelona, SPA – Caracol
04/13 Lech Zurs, AUT – Tanzcafe
04/14 Munich, GER – Backstage
04/14 Graz, AUT – PPC
04/18 Warsaw, POL – Stodola
04/20 Berlin, GER – Columbia Theater
04/21 Leipzig, GER – Werk2
04/22 Hamburg, GER – Knust
04/23 Aarhus, DEN – Train
04/24 Malmo, SWE – Kulturbolaget
04/25 Gothenburg, SWE – Sticky Fingers
05/02 Concord, NC – Epicenter Festival
05/06 Atlanta, GA – Terminal West
05/08 Daytona Beach, FL – Welcome To Rockville
05/16 Ferndale, MI – Ferndale Spring Fever
05/17 Columbus, OH – Sonic Temple Art & Music Festival
05/22-24 Chillicothe, IL – Summer Camp Music Festival
05/22-24 Pryor, OK – Rocklahoma
07/03 Werchter, BEL – Rock Werchter
07/04 Aaras, FRA – Main Square Festival