MEUTE, the self-described "techno marching band," has demonstrated the depths of Germany's love of house and techno by taking their brass and drums renditions of classic dance tracks to the streets of Hamburg. Now a video of the group performing a cover of Ame's 2005 deep house track, "Rej," has been making the rounds of the Internet.
The group consists of a dozen musicians pretty evenly split between the percussion and brass sections. Their drumline includes the typical battery lineup of snare and bass drums as well as an xylophone player. The brass section includes trumpets, saxophones (the lone woodwind instrument), trombones and a tuba.
True to their aesthetic, MEUTE performs in those starchy red uniform coats as seen on football fields and in parades complete with tassels and plumes, Thump reports. As for their form, the group seems to embrace more of a street jamboree style and look like they're having a lot more fun than your typical high school marching band drill.
As stated on the band's website, their drummers and horn players come from Hamburg and Berlin with the common goal to "fulfill the job of a DJ with their acoustic instruments." In doing so they've managed to detach electronic music from electricity so whether they are "in the countryside or in the club, with or without electricity--MEUTE runs."
As DJ Mag points out, the group's current sound might be better suited for brassier trap-styled electronic acts like Hudson Mohawke and Lunice's duo TNGHT. It is interesting that the group lacks any woodwinds like flutes or clarinets that could so easily replicate some of techno's characteristic stylings.
However, MEUTE assert on their website that the visceral cacophony created by combining techno with a brass-heavy marching band sound is intentional. In their words, their use of "the archaic conglomerate of brass and drums" is meant to create an entirely new genre by "combining hypnotic driving techno and expressive brass band music."
Watch the techno marching band's spirited rendition of Ame's "Rej" below.