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Mahala Rai Banda and The Trans-Siberian March Band, Rich Mix | reviews, news & interviews

Mahala Rai Banda and The Trans-Siberian March Band, Rich Mix

Mahala Rai Banda and The Trans-Siberian March Band, Rich Mix

This Romanian brass band were perhaps a little too heavy on the brass

Mahala Rai Banda: long may they keep the bar staff happy wherever they play

Variety, as they say, is the spice of life. So it’s something to both celebrate and ruminate upon, that on Tuesday night I was reviewing a gig at which the guitar was undisputed king, whereas last night I was standing before an 11-piece band that didn’t include a single guitar. But the Romanian big band Mahala Rai Banda produce such a brassily dense sound that it’s hard to imagine even the most cranked-up Strat being able to get a chord in edgeways.

Variety, as they say, is the spice of life. So it’s something to both celebrate and ruminate upon, that on Tuesday night I was reviewing a gig at which the guitar was undisputed king, whereas last night I was standing before an 11-piece band that didn’t include a single guitar. But the Romanian big band Mahala Rai Banda produce such a brassily dense sound that it’s hard to imagine even the most cranked-up Strat being able to get a chord in edgeways.

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