Lemon Bucket Orkestra is a guerilla-punk-party-brass band massive like no other. Tracing their roots back to the streets of Toronto, the original quartet of busking troubadours quickly amassed a battalion of like-minded musical souls and the full-blown, dozen-plus strong Orkestra was born.
The multi award winning ensemble has been heralded as a groundbreaking, genre-bending phenomenon by the Canadian and international media alike and over the past 8 years they have performed on streets and stages around the world, leaving a trail of new friends and dedicated fans in their wake.
Equal parts exhilarating precision and reckless abandon, LBO’s live shows are a truly immersive experience - ranging from the ecstatic to the cathartic - and they have effectively captured that energy on their new album If I Had The Strength. The 11 song opus includes guest appearances from famed soprano Measha Brueggergosman, Latino rapper Boogat, Choir! Choir! Choir!, and more – and it has been quickly amassing critical acclaim. Penguin Eggs proclaimed, “the band vibrates with an irrepressible passion and playful humour that's impossible to ignore”, and Exclaim Magazine observed that it was a “marked evolution for the band”, while Pure Gran Audio pointed out that, “the record is an emotional journey of musical exploration and communal celebration.”
The first video from the album, or the song Freedom was also recently released. Directed by the band's own Michael Louis Johnson, it was shot following an all-night drive home from a gig in Montreal. Without any sleep, the members donned their best suits and gowns, cracked open a bottle of tequila, and let the cameras roll. “We wanted to create something that presents more questions than it answers,” Johnson says. “A piece wherein the stakes are very high, but we don't know what's at stake.
LBO are truly a breath of fresh air on the Balkan scene. In last Romanian summer tours caused quite a stir, while their video of the ad-hoc performance they put up in the plane taking them to Romania hit over 250 000 views of youtube and several reputed media channels in the world - CNN, NYTIMES.COM, FOX NEWS, CBC NEWS, NETWORK, covered the story of the band.
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