About Apocalypse Five and Dime
With roots in Brooklyn’s unconventional brass band scene, Apocalypse Five and Dime delivers both harmonic, ukulele-laced tunes and wild, foot-stomping numbers backed by sousaphone and marching bass drum. The six-piece lineup includes banjo, fiddle, sax, ukulele, bass drum and tuba, with three members contributing vocals. The songs draw on the sounds of Balkan brass bands, old time folk, hardcore punk and metal, early ragtime and jazz, and modern dance pop. The result has been described as a six piece tornado of raw brass, banjo, fiddle and drums with fiery rhythms, sweet harmonies, tight songs and a dance beat. The band released their full length debut Ballads for the End Times in 2011 and in 2012 released a three song EP.
“Ballads for the End Times is an unplugged, joyous romp, both sweetly nostalgic and bracingly current, redolent of gypsy caravans, candlelit squats, righteous urban street preaching, even postmodern bedroom boasting.” — Chronogram Magazine
“This Brooklyn-based ragtime-punk sextet yes, you read that correctly, is kind of like a no-fi version of acoustic punkgrass darlings the Avett Brothers, with a tuba.” — Seven Days