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Not many bands could get away with a song called Funkus The Boogieman, but Newcastle’s Backyard Rhythm Orchestra aren’t just any band. The eclectic party band never fail to get an audience jumping, with their funk-infused brassy bawdiness. They may refer to themselves as “a silly bunch of Geordies making party music” but there’s no doubt that they comprise of some seriously talented musicians with a knack for penning compelling and fun songs.

The tongue-in-cheek story of a surreal character who “is a fun guy to be with” is full of twangy bass, danceable rhythms and an infectious chorus. The seven-minute behemoth veers from brass-led funk to Balkan-influenced rhythmic drumming, with an electric guitar line so persuasive you’ll be on the dance-floor in no time. The single release also features a live arrangement of the song as well as a remix by celebrated local producer and musician Smoove, which has been complemented by a trippy video courtesy of local artist Arms Reach.

The ten-piece band will showcase their unique brand of party-starting funk fun with a gig at The Cluny on Thursday 17th March, so join BYRO and friends and “party like it’s way past your bedtime”.

Backyard Rhythm Orchestra launch Funkus The Boogieman at The Cluny, Newcastle on Thursday 17th March.

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