The modern marching band/street band movement isn't new, it just hasn't slipped into the mainstream consciousness yet. It's a genre that, by it's nature, is best expressed and enjoyed live.
Emperor Norton's Stationary Marching Band understands the power of this genre's intrusiveness. It comes *too* you, an art form not easy to ignore when it is being performed/committed near you.
But it isn't confrontational, nor angry. It has a spark of magic that draws people to it, draws them in gets them to dance. Yet the band's work isn't easily dismissed as merely distractive entertainment.
The genre, and the collection of songs found on ENSMB's first full-length studion recording "Reign of Revelry", is fueld by a DIY/punk belly-fire that anybody with passion can pick up an instrument and make a joyous and/or raucous noise. And it's a noise that doesn't require electricity or amplification, making "Reign of Revelry" the perfect soundtrack for positive street action/careful riot.
Stylistically Emperor Norton's Stationary Marching Band present an amalgam of old-world styles mixed with a contemporary sensibility, up-beat horns are pared with a funkyness and driving rhythm that encourages dancing, yet the end result is distincly earthy and real.
This is every-person's music with the heart of a revolutionary artist, for the laborer with the spirit of a child.. and it's d*mned fun!
If you're just getting exposed to street bands I can think of no better place to start than with Emperor Norton's Stationary Marching Band's "Reign of Revelry".