Cover Band ‘Brass Against’ Apologizes for Singer Peeing on Audience Member During Rage Against the Machine Song

K Train 2787 Productions/YouTube; Arturo Holmes/Getty
K Train 2787 Productions/YouTube; Arturo Holmes/Getty

Brass Against, a rock band who covers famous rock songs with horn arrangements, has expressed regret after its lead singer urinated on an audience member’s face during a concert Thursday.

Sophia Urista, the lead singer for the eight-member band, told the crowd “I gotta pee” during the group’s set at the “Welcome to Rockville” music festival in Daytona Beach, Florida. In the middle of a cover of Rage Against the Machine’s “Wake Up” (the song played over the end credits of the original Matrix film), she continued, “I can’t make it to the bathroom. So we might as well make a show out of it.”

Urista called a middle-aged man with a beer can stuck to his forehead to climb onstage. “I’mma piss in this motherfucker’s mouth,” she told the audience. And as promised, she made the concertgoer lie flat on stage while she dropped her pants and let out a nearly 15-second stream, all while continuing to perform her vocals.

Videos of the lewd moment went viral over the weekend.


The band published a statement on social media Friday expressing regret for the incident.

“We had a great time last night at Welcome to Rockville. Sophia got carried away,” the post says. “That’s not something the rest of us expected, and it’s not something you’ll see again at our shows.”

According to SPIN, the band deleted a subsequent post saying: “We’re truly sorry. Not who we are as a band.”

Urista is engaged to dancer and Peloton instructor Jess King.


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