SummaryBrownout is the psychedelic latin funk alter ego of the acclaimed ensemble, Grupo Fantasma. 2008 saw the release of Brownout's critically lauded debut album "Homenaje" released on the influential UK label, Freestyle Records that made waves around the world amongst DJs, tastemakers and music fans alike. The Austin Chronicle called it "the sleeper hit of the year" and the band garnered features in such tastemaker publications as Wax Poetics and XLR8R. For much of '08 the musicians toured as the infamous Grupo Fantasma, playing 150+ shows including backing up Prince at Coachella and on the "Tonight Show with Jay Leno," visiting 8 countries (even Iraq and Kuwait), and making appearances at Bonnaroo and the New Orleans Jazz Fest. Somehow they even found time to release Grupo Fantasma's "Sonidos Gold" album, which received a Grammy nomination.
Brownout decided to waste no time and use this unstoppable momentum, hitting the studio in winter 2008 to begin recording the follow up to their cult-favorite debut. The resulting record, "Aguilas and Cobras" (Eagles & Cobras) features their trademark "hardcore latin funk" coupled with generous amounts of psychedelic experimentation and anchored by driving latin percussion and lots of electric guitar interplay. This crew of musicians has deftly avoided the "retro" and "revival" tags with pride, never falling into generic cookie-cutter funk mold. "Aguilas and Cobras" continues to carry the afro-latin funk torch into the future by creating fresh grooves which are timeless, honest and filled with their own unique vibe.