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Full Metal Spice Packet

by The Spice Cabinet

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The word "cover band" usually implies the verbatim regurgitation of pop songs from yesteryear. Terry Hsieh, band leader of The Spice Cabinet, has been trying to change the implication of that tired phrase. SpiceCab attacks the cover genre from the Jazz underworld, bringing a Jazz arranger's sensibility to modern pop music, mixing in heavy doses of electronic, funk, R&B, neo-soul and rock elements, all while keeping the feeling of the original, but with the intensity of a modern Jazz concert.

"Full Metal Spice Packet" represents the best of the Beijing-based ensemble's "dance jazz" arrangements, full of cheeky references to other songs within the Jazz AND pop worlds, there's something for everyone. There's R&B, funk, bebop. fusion, rock, soul and electronic-- hence the moniker for their style: "DeathBop". It's music that's fun to write, fun to play, and most importantly, fun to listen to.

FMSP also features additional solo work by guest artists: Lawrence Ku, Aaron Janik, Alex Cummings, Toby Mak, and Kevin Sun. Enjoy the ride!


released June 25, 2019

Terry Hsieh: arranger, keyboards, synth, trumpet, trombone
He Haocheng: J Kyle Gregory: trumpet
David Diao: alto saxophone (track 1)
Liu Xiaoguang: tenor saxophone
Gabriel Beaudoin: guitar (track 1,2,3,4,6)
Chris Cui Wenzheng: bass
Anthony Vanacore: drums, percussion
Kaitlin Thomas: baritone saxophone

Special Guests:
Aaron Janik: trumpet (track 4)
Lawrence Ku: guitar (track 5)
Alex Cummings: alto saxophone (track 5)
Kevin Sun: tenor saxophone (track 6)

Recorded at 55tec Studios (Beijing)
Mixed by Damien Banzigou at OneDream Studio (Shanghai) and Chris Badami (New Jersey)
Mastered by Matthew Chalmers in Toronto, Canada
Additional Engineering by Juanma Trujillo, NYC

Cover art by Dashiell Robb @ Up All Night Productions

A BrassBird Productions Album 2019


Some rights reserved. Please refer to individual track pages for license info.



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Named Editor's Choice for Best Local Band of 2016 by City Weekend Beijing, The Spice Cabinet, led by frontman keyboardist Terry Hsieh, slices and dices Top 40 songs into instrumental postmodern dance beats of wonder. It's pop according to jazz, sprinkled with funk, hip-hop, bebop, rock and a healthy dose of the avant garde. Born out of the Beijing Jazz scene, Spice Cab now delivers worldwide! ... more

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