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brass against the machine


exceptional music with a political edge


Brass Against the Machine is a nine-piece, NYC-based band covering Rage Against the Machine, Living Colour, Gil Scott Heron, Janes Addiction, Led Zeppelin, and others.  

In this politically challenging era, it’s time to stand up against the machine. We want our music to sound inspiring and resonate with people’s emotions, encouraging them to act. We combine rock and edgy hip-hop to create music that's powerful and empowering. Brass Against the Machine is exceptional music with a political edge. 



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Brass Against The Machine

by Brass Against The Machine

The band


Brad Hammonds

Andrew Gutauskas

Darius Christian

Sophia Urista

Mariel Bildsten

Wayne Tucker

Oskar Stenmark

Steven Duffy

Nathan Bell


Guitar/Band Leader

Bari Sax/Musical Director










If you’re wondering what it is you need to get through the day, we’re pretty sure this is it right here.
— Paste Magazine
For one of their recent covers, they take “Killing in the Name” from Rage Against the
Machine and infuse it with their own potent brew of brass eclecticism. The track
maintains its hardline perspective but is reinvigorated and reshaped by the unexpected
rhythmic changes the band pumps into it.
— Nooga
A musical middle finger to today’s authoritarian machine, this live rendition bristles
with gritty instrumentation and vocal urgency; Sophia Urista, entrusted with frontwoman
duties, delivers the brazen lyrics through her own portentous lens, buoyed by an equally
consequential coalescence of sound.
— Digital High