How can a car alarm, arguably one of the most annoying noises in the world, produce beautiful and captivating music?
Well, the New York musical troupe Too Many Zooz, accompanied by a very talented pickup, is here to show you.
This wonderfully entertaining music video was shot in one continuous take and features trumpeter Matt “Doe” Muirhead, saxophonist Leo Pellegrino and drummer David “King of Sludge” Parks.
The group has performed alongside Beyonce, been widely sampled and collaborated with artists such as Kaskade and Jess Glynne, but it’s their original creations that have earned them viral fame and millions of views on YouTube.
“We’re always trying to push boundaries and find new ways to make music,” Matt told the Press Association. “It’s the very essence of Brasshouse. Experimentation.”
Brasshouse is a term the band coined themselves, a self-defining genre of music that they even gave a TED Talk to explain.
“I think this particular video is really polarizing, in the way you love it or hate it,” Matt said of Car Alarm. “As an artist, it’s a job well done.
“The worst thing you can have is static viewers who don’t feel anything you say.”
The group’s previous experimental work includes Bedford, a song filmed in one take on an early morning subway train in Brooklyn.
“Bedford was a hold mostly because that’s kind of what this situation allowed for,” Matt said. “We were dealing with train timetables, the police and stuff like that.
“(Car Alarm) took a lot of rehearsal, both on our side and on the camera crew side.
“Like Bedford, it’s shot in one continuous take. That alone makes this sort of thing really difficult for obvious reasons.
Matt said Car Alarm took five or six takes, a feat made all the more impressive by the deliberately added theater of the alarm stopping halfway through.
So, what future for Too Many Zooz?
“We’re working on a lot of cool stuff, most of which I can’t talk about yet,” Matt said. “I feel like that’s still the case for us.
“Constantly spinning and constantly creating. Sitting on a pile of awesome content waiting for the good times.
If you want to keep an eye out for the band’s next special moment, check out their YouTube channel and Twitter.