On the list of songs or musical pieces to cover (and, full disclosure, your Austin Music Minute maven isn’t always crazy about covers), one might safely assume that any tracks from Public Enemy would not be at the top of said list. You just don’t do that, for crying out loud. It’s Public Enemy. Leave it be. It doesn’t need covering.
Old lady-ranting aside, one must consider that there are those rare, shining exceptions that come along, remaining reverential to the original work while adding something spectacularly special or unique to it. That, mis amigos lindos, is the brilliance of Brownout. Their latest LP, the searing Fear of A Brown Planet, reignites the mad love for all those Public Enemy tracks that set your mind pumping in glorious defiance, with the signature Brownout electrifying waves of hard funk and horns o’plenty. One word: Damn.
Don’t miss the party. Brownout celebrates the release of Fear of A Brown Planet with a major party tonight at the Mohawk, 912 Red River, with friends Third Root and Superfónicos rounding out the bill, on the outside stage. On the inside stage, mighty one-man musical force Mobley is presenting his (now sold out) record release party, with R&B goddess Alesia Lani and electro-pop outfit Mamahawk.
This is one hell of a night. So recommended it hurts…