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If ever a band could boast having a complex genealogical tree, that band is Brownout. The eight-piece, Latin funk ensemble based in Austin, Texas, is both offspring and germinating seed to Grammy award winning Latin ensemble Grupo Fantasma. The latter in turn traces its roots to when Austin based Blue Noise Band and The Blimp, from booming border town of Laredo, Texas, converged in its conception.

Brownout may well be Grupo Fantasma’s psychedelic Latin funk alter-ego, an offshoot of the collective that regularly backsPrince, its latest incarnation, or even its alter ego. What they are not is the sprawling conjunto’s side project. Brownout has taken Grupo Fantasma’s funk roots and blown them up. In the process they’ve taken on a life and developed a unique sound all their own.

The band member’s musical journey began as a revolt against the Mexican cumbias and Tejano music of their hometown. Opting instead to immerse themselves in the worlds of Sly Stone, James Brown, and Mandrill, they were nurtured by soulful staccato drums, deep-in-the-pocket guitar riffs, and bawdy bass lines, elements that would provide the overriding arch for their sundry musical explorations. Eventually they migrated out of the garage and flocked four hours north into Austin's thriving music scene. Away from home they embraced their Latino heritage and explore the cumbia rhythms they shunned as teenagers.

For over eight years Brownout has forged its own truly greasy, unparalleled path on the Latin psych-funk frontier. Brownout has become an independent creature of its own.  Now they're back with a fresh batch of stick-to-the-roof-of-your-mouth Latin funk with Oozy, their third full-length album and their debut on the Nat Geo Music label. Meet Brownout - the hardest working band in show business today. For those who haven't yet heard, Brownout has gone from the alter-ego of Austin, Texas' Grammy award winning Latin ensemble Grupo Fantasma to a full-blown split personality.

For over eight years Brownout has forged its own truly greasy, unparalleled path on the Latin psych-funk frontier. No longer just the little brother to Grupo Fantasma, Brownout has become an independent creature of its own. Imagine if Dr. Jekyll drank the potion and became so damn vicious and demented that he decided to start a new life as Mr. Sexican. Now they're back with a fresh batch of stick-to-the-roof-of-your-mouth Latin funk with Oozy, their third full-length album and their debut on the Nat Geo Music label.

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