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THE ROUTINE Announce New EP, Black Tropics

San Diego rock n’ soul band, The Routine, have announced their sophomore EP, Black Tropics, set for release February 26, 2016. On Black Tropics, the band brings a fresh sound, riding the groove between funk, soul, and African, as well as vintage rock. The EP was produced by Grammy Award winner, Alan Sanderson (The Rolling Stones, Elton John, Switchfoot). For more information, please visit: http://www.theroutineband.com/

The Routine is a five-piece collective that defies categorization. While the band’s first EP, Welcome, showed more of their rock side, Black Tropics boasts a funkier vibe, all the while maintaining that rock influence. The result is a dynamic range of sound, taking the listener on a journey across the world, along the equator.

A sonic melting pot of electric blues, soul and world styling, they are not simply a band—and they are anything but “routine”. Russell Ramo, guitarist and son of Syrian immigrants, explains, “Just by looking at us, you see the story of global artistic culture: Black, White, European, Middle Eastern and Latino. We epitomize diversity and the strength of its unity. Each of us contributes a unique flavor, while still respecting the unified sound of empowering and uplifting music.”

While The Routine officially formed in May of 2013, their musical brotherhood reaches back nearly a decade. Its formation is rooted in the childhood friendship of guitarist Ramo and front man, Bryan Barbarin, an accomplished stage actor in the storied Lamb’s Players Theater circuit of San Diego. After several years of writing, performing and recording together in between plays, Barbarin and Ramo decided it was time to form an ensemble of their own.

Piecing together the collective that would become The Routine was an organic, if not effortless, process. Nick Hein (bass), Eduardo Canelon (percussion), Dave Butterfield (drums) and Russell all played together for several years backing Fela Kuti prodigy, Fidel Bateke, in the afro-beat jazz-fusion band, Bateke Beat. Under Bateke’s tutelage, they refined their chops and formed a kindred fraternity of musicianship. Adding Barbarin introduced the consummate front man: a singer with a natural stage presence and vocals that harness this locomotive of sound with a tone reminiscent of R&B legend, Ernest Evans – only more gritty and purposeful.

Together, The Routine shatters the mold of conventional, over-produced and underwhelming music with their own brand of Rock ‘N’ Soul. Never complacent with the status quo, they are an ever-evolving conglomerate poised to please music lovers from all walks of life.



  1. Exposure
  2. Black Tropics
  3. Too Rich
  4. Mountain
  5. Breaking Bad
  6. Ambeyonce


Upcoming Shows:

Jan. 22                       NAMM 2016                                                 Anaheim, CA

Jan. 25                       Toyota Music Lodge @ Sundance                        Park City, UT

Jan. 29                       Valley View Casino Center                                    San Diego, CA

Jan. 30                       The Rabbit Hole                                          San Diego, CA

Feb. 12                       Manhattan Bar                                            Chula Vista, CA

Feb. 13                       The Rabbit Hole                                          San Diego, CA

Feb. 17                        The Powerhouse                                          Sacramento, CA

Feb. 19                       Bar of America                                             Truckee, CA

Feb. 20                       Bar 7800                                                       Kirkwood, CA

Feb. 26                       The Music Box (EP Release Show)          San Diego, CA

Mar. 12                       Manhattan Bar                                            Chula Vista, CA

Mar. 16-20                SXSW                                                             Austin, TX

Mar. 25                      The Rabbit Hole                                          San Diego, CA

Mar. 25-27                 Suspended In A Sunbeam 2016                Apple Valley, CA

Apr. 2                         Mustache Bash – Broadway Pier             San Diego, CA


For updates, please visit:

Website: http://www.TheRoutineBand.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheRoutineMusic/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheRoutineBand

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/TheRoutine/

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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