Hailing from Somerville, MA, Emperor Norton's Stationary Marching Band have become one of our favorites of the modern marching band phenomenon. On their Bandcamp page, this is how they describe themselves: "Raunchy circus roots. Polished precision performances. A joyful cacophony of Balkan, Klezmer and funk, with a tasteful thrash of metal thrown in for good measure." I mean, seriously, how can you not love that? Their latest release is a four song EP recorded during their socially distant video series, and while all four are fabulous, two truly stood out to me. The first is a cover of the classic "This is Halloween" from Tim Burton's 1993 The Nightmare Before Christmas. Yes, a marching band (even if they are stationary) playing "This is Halloween" is a dream come true for many of us. "Dunwich - Riverbottom Nightmare Band" is another cover, this time from Emmett Otter's Jug-Band Christmas. Yeah, I know it's only October, and a Christmas cover is pushing it this early, but ENSMB throw in more than enough metal into a Jim Henson property to make this an exception.
You can listen to Emperor Norton's Stationary Marching Band's version of "This is Halloween" below. Another World is Possible: Volume 2 is available now via Bandcamp with all proceeds going to www.violenceinboston.org. For more on Emperor Norton's Stationary Marching Band, check out their website.