This is one of the most popular songs from the No BS! Brass Band, a 12-man operation out of Richmond, Virginia. "3am Bounce" is an instrumental, but it tells a story. In a Songfacts interview, group leader Reggie Pace took us through it.
"'3am Bounce' is a song about having long conversations about the state of the world and politics, and really getting into it late at night," he said. "The beginning of the song has that drama in it, and then it finally unfolds into this groove. It starts huge like a movie and then it unfolds into this groove, and that's us remembering that we're friends and still talking through things. Being upset about things doesn't really change that we all have to go about our day tomorrow.
So, it's like you take a second to breathe and there's a moment in the music where everything drops out except the trombone section, and it's like that [long exhale]...
Then the song keeps going and it unfolds: We aren't going to stop fighting for what we think is right."
In 2017, the group released a version with vocals from the rapper Chance Fischer.