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Filtering jazz, pop and world music aesthetics through a rock sensibility, the sources of BRAVE COMBO's sounds and styles span the globe. They come from virtually every continent save Antarctica, and include not only Polka, salsa, cumbia and conjunto, also zydeco, the Twist, acid rock, bubblegum--and even Muzak!
In the course of a 20-year musical career, many words have been used to describe BRAVE COMBO, but actually, their name still says it all: a band that is not afraid to take musical chances. Since they first surfaced in Denton, Texas in 1979, BRAVE COMBO has shattered stylistic barriers and scrambled musical genres like nor other band performing today.
BRAVE COMBO specializes in a unique brand of domestic and exotic dance rhythms that fuel what Billboard calls, "world-wise, unclassifiable music." Growing out of their love and affinity for the Polka sounds of Europe and America, BRAVE COMBO's recorded experiments have included everything from Latin American dance tunes to Japanese pop. As Rolling Stone described their release A Night on Earth, "the elements...are interpreted through the high-energy filter of rock dynamics." Their success at combining a barrage of incongruous elements" flows from their deep sincerity, outstanding musicianship, and a firm belief that music should be fun and life-affirming. The Chicago Tribune dubs them "a party band with a purpose."
BRAVE COMBO has released over a dozen critically-acclaimed recordings in the U.S. and Japan and made multiple tours of Japan and Europe, including appearances at the Printemps de Bourges (France) and Steirischer Herbst (Austria) music festivals. They have provided music for David Byrne's (YEAR) film True Stories, Clive Barker's Lord of Illusions, Late Bloomers, Fools Rush In, The Academy award winning The Personals, Fox Television's "Bakersfield P.D." and 1994 U.S. Olympic Ice Dancers Elizabeth Punsalan and Jerod Swallow. The band on the Downbeat Critic's Poll in the category "Pop/Rock Talent Deserving Wider Recognition" three years in a row, and has been nominated for two Grammy awards in the Polka category for their 1995 album, Polkas for a Gloomy World and for the 1998 album Polka Party with Brave Combo--Live and Wild, which was recorded at shows in Dallas and Denton. In addition, they have been frequent guest on such public broadcasting shows as The Lonesome Pine Special, Fresh Air, All Things Considered and A Prairie Home Companion, whose host Garrison Keillor calls them "entertainers who just won't take no for an answer."