Swing Punks in Concert
Totally unique.. sensational...a triumph...." are a few words that have been used to describe the Swing Punks debut shows in London.
Maverick producer and composer Chris Bemand has created an extraordinary Big Band set that takes the classic punk songs far away from their angry, safety pin and spitting roots, and turned them into a jazzy, funky and fun, big band extravaganza .
He said: Its been an amazing journey restructuring these songs of my youth. Once you cut through the nastiness, you'll find incredible songs with great lyrics. I am really proud of what we've created with the Big Band and I can’t wait to share the new arrangements with the rest of the world.”
The show also includes tracks by: The Sex Pistols, The Stranglers, The Damned, The Ruts, The Ramones, The Lurkers, X-Ray Spex, The Buzzcocks and The Undertones.
Swing Punks features a twenty piece big band drawn from some of Londons finest jazz musicians. The band consists of four trombones, four trumpets, five saxophones, drums, bass, guitar, piano and three singers and is led by trombonist / singer James Lawrence.