Search
Username
Pin It
Favorite

Cali-Reggae Kings 

Rebelution headlines Clear Summer Nights, with special guest Stephen Marley and more

Rebelution is hardly sitting on its Grammy nomination as the band hits the road and churns out new music. - GUS BLACK
  • Gus Black
  • Rebelution is hardly sitting on its Grammy nomination as the band hits the road and churns out new music.

Rebelution's previous album, "Falling into Place," gave the group a new form of recognition when it earned the band its first Grammy award nomination.

The nomination for Best Reggae Album was a further indication that the California-based band has become one of the leading acts in the crowded Cali-reggae genre that has exploded in popularity over the past decade.

While it was certainly a feather in the band's cap, singer/guitarist Eric Rachmany doesn't see the Grammy recognition as having had that much of an impact on Rebelution's career or how the group goes about its business.

"For me, it's not really that important to win any sort of awards, but I think because of that, I think it opened some eyes," he said in a recent phone interview. "But to tell you the truth, I don't think we've ever had one song or one album that propelled us to a new level. It's always been a steady increase with Rebelution. To this day, we really feel like our music gets spread by word of mouth."

In 2004, Rebelution began building a career that shows no signs of slowing, after Rachmany met bandmates Rory Carey (keyboards) Wesley Finley (drums) and Marley D. Williams (bass) while attending college in the Santa Barbara area.  

The group took a do-it-yourself- approach, self-producing a self-titled 2006 EP, followed by its first full-length album, "Courage to Grow," in 2007, which was released through the California-based music collective, Controlled Substance Recordings.

Despite not having a high-profile record label, the album reached No. 4 on "Billboard" magazine's Top Reggae Albums chart. The group's next album, 2009's "Bright Side of Life," did even better, topping "Billboard's" Top Reggae Albums chart, setting the stage for the next two albums, "Peace of Mind" and "Count Me In," to not only extend the string of No. 1 reggae albums, but debut in the top 15 on "Billboard's" overall Top 200 chart.

"Falling into Place" became the fourth-straight Rebelution album to reach No. 1 on the Top Reggae Albums chart, and stayed on the chart for 60 weeks. It didn't fare quite as well on the Top 200, debuting at No. 32. Still, the Grammy nomination confirmed that the 2016 release was yet another success.

Rachmany said being nominated for the Grammy didn't add any pressure to the making of the group's sixth studio album, "Free Rein," released June 15. But the band put extensive effort into the project, and Rachmany says it's his favorite album.

"It definitely wasn't a simple, fast process," he explained. "I mean, we spent a year and a half to two years just working on these songs, from the demo versions to the final product. Yeah, I really feel like this is a great representation of our work."

The band's ambition and confidence are evident in the "Free Rein" project. As always, Rachmany was the lead songwriter for the project, but he stepped up his involvement in the studio by producing all but three of the 11 tracks with able assistance from engineer Keith Armstrong.

"I think we kind of missed being a little more hands-on with the process, and that was one of the main reasons why we wanted to produce this ourselves," Rachmany said.

 "Free Reign" leans strongly toward reggae ("Celebrate," "Rise On Top" and Settle Down Easy" fall squarely in that style), but also branches out on the acoustic ballads "Healing" and "Constellation," and another track, "Trap Door," that leans more toward R&B and rock. Rachmany hears some elements of Rebelution's earliest music in the new album.

"I think that this album might be a little bit less produced than 'Falling Into Place.' That might be why it sounds a little bit more rootsy, like our first two albums, 'Courage To Grow' and 'Bright Side of Life,'" Rachmany said, commenting on the musical direction of "Free Rein."

"I think that this album still has a lot of bit of different stuff. But I do think the songs that have more of a reggae groove were engineered, mixed and mastered in a way that was very similar to our old stuff. So I do think we kind of went back a little bit to that sound."

Rebelution
With special guests Stephen Marley, Common Kings, Zion I, J Mackle
Wed., Aug 15, 5:30pm
Athletic Club of Bend
61615 Athletic Club Dr., Bend
$47.50/$95.50 dinner tickets
Tickets at Newport Avenue Market
ENTER TO WIN 2 DINNER TICKETS! >>> 
Pin It
Favorite

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Trending in the Alternative Press

Newsletter Signup

Cascades Reader Logo Cascades Reader

Get your daily dose of news for Central Oregon and beyond, delivered to your inbox five days a week. Powered by the Source Weekly.

Latest in Sound Stories & Interviews

  • Loving his Large Band

    • Jun 26, 2019
    By the end of his Amphitheater show, Lyle Lovett wants you to know more about each of his (many) touring musicians More »
  • Source Material

    • Jun 26, 2019
    A few of music's infectious highlights from the month of June to keep you plugged in More »
  • It's in Their Blood

    • Jun 19, 2019
    Ahead of their show at 4 Peaks, Oliver Wood of The Wood Brothers talks about growing up in a musical family More »
  • More »

More by Alan Sculley

  • Loving his Large Band

    Loving his Large Band

    By the end of his Amphitheater show, Lyle Lovett wants you to know more about each of his (many) touring musicians
    • Jun 26, 2019
  • Sublime Blessings

    Sublime Blessings

    Sublime with Rome's new album drops right before the band's show in Bend
    • May 22, 2019
  • On His Own Planet

    On His Own Planet

    Tech N9ne's new album gives listeners an escape from the frustrations of Earth
    • Oct 17, 2018
  • More »

Readers also liked…

  • Universally Shared

    Universally Shared

    Cloverdayle, a Nashville duo with Bend roots, shares its latest single, "Scars."
    • Nov 30, 2017
  • Statewide Cred

    Statewide Cred

    Joe Rohrbacher of Just Joe's Music and Jazz at Joe's receives the Oregon Music Educators Association's Outstanding Contributor Award
    • Jan 24, 2018

© 2019 LAY IT OUT INC | 704 NW GEORGIA AVE, BEND, OREGON 97703  |   Privacy Policy

Website powered by Foundation