PREMIERE: Positive-Vibes-Only Band Light Warriors Release New Single “New Breed”
Moving away from the sensual explicit lyrics, this premiere Thursday we also got some positive and thoughtful music for you courtesy of Light Warriors who are back with their new single “New Breed”, the song has a very Reggae vibe blended perfectly with some progressive-ish rock melodies in the veins of bands such as 311 and Sublime.
Erik Rabasca leads the charge for peace and positivity with Light Warriors, having recently liberated himself from the corporate grind in favor of mindful, spiritual music-making.
With their upcoming album Raise the Frequency poised for release on June 2nd, Light Warriors are excited & ready for a busy summer. More music, videos and shows to come!
5/25 // Sofar Sounds // Washington, DC
6/2 // Greenpoint Gallery // Raise the Frequency Album Release Show // Brooklyn
6/3 // Sofar Sounds // NYC
6/28 // Rockwood Music Hall, Stage 2 // NYC
In addition, we get to sit with the band for a little chat on the single, new material and more!
Hi Erik, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
Hi Rafa, I’m doing great in spite of the madness of our national affairs. How are you?
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Rise Above”? Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
Would love to…I actually wrote and released it a decade ago and felt recent events warranted an update. It’s an anguished and pleading response to gun violence, no matter which side of the law pulls the trigger, and was prompted primarily by a string of gun murders nationally back then. The recent mass shootings, terrorist acts, school shootings, police shootings and retaliations combined with the NRA’s successful lobby by butchering the Second Amendment and the inability of government and law enforcement to reverse the trend during the Obama years continues to strangle the nation. So, this moment felt right to bring Rise Above out again.
Lyrically, the issues get called out from an individual and community perspective and then seek some path forward through this darkness. Musically, I was aiming for people to feel something positive, not to gloss over the seriousness, but to provide a light, however small, at the end of the tunnel. Mood-wise, it transforms from interrogation to uplift as we rise together.
Any plans to release a video for the single?
Hopefully. I’m working on some concepts and working on the funding to do it right.
The single comes off your new album Raise The Frequency – what’s the story behind the title?
Energy, positive or negative, fuels more of that type of energy. We absorb other people’s energy consciously or unconsciously. There’s currently so much negativity everywhere and everyday that we need to fight back with something positive. And when we do what we naturally love, we radiate at the highest possible frequency. When we’re in this flow of daily existence, everything feels right.
But, we have to deal with reality… “peace and love” is too innocent to have any impact now. Today, with urgency, as the lyric goes, “we gotta bring the love into action.” Purposeful, honest, truthful, selfless love if humanity is going to evolve from our adolescence.
How was the recording and writing process?
Both are always a battle! That inner critic in me is brutal and violent and in constant struggle with the hopeful idealist. Somewhere between the two, I find a balance. I love the studio as much as I love performing and always try to capture spontaneity in recording process. The possibilities are always endless and I go as far out as possible before reigning ideas, sounds and structure in. I had the song structures, melodies and rough idea of instrumentation down in advance. But the studio to me is like what space exploration must be for astronauts…or Sun Ra! It always reveals a new lesson and period of growth.
For RTF, I had a lot more help than the first album. I had just over a month to get all of the tracks recorded because I was finishing up a couple of side-projects (Ecstatica, an instrumental side-project album and single called Two-Party System with Intellectually Transmitted) before I could focus on this.
I had time scheduled with Jim Scott of Plyrz Studios to mix the album back in November. He works with the biggest names in the business so I was aiming to be on that level and pushed my own limits, which was both frightening and exhilarating.
Thankfully, my former bandmate, Ish Allen, from my progressive dub reggae days was my co-producer. He was a great validator and realist to my whims. The musicians and guests I asked to contribute – Alex Kaufman from Get Back Kids & Blackjeans, Ruff Scott from Easy Star All Stars and Inojah Band, Miss Olithea, Greg Coffey, Alan Ware and Kyle Conlon from Zuli, Chris Caman – all believed in the vision presented and gave me their best. The entire process was extremely rewarding.
Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?
Everywhere. Sometimes it comes in an instant, barreling through me like a storm. Sometimes it’s after an intense period of event or information consumption coupled with personal growth. People, interactions, a phrase, the wind, the news, a random sound, friends and family all feed a given emotion and it boils up inside of me until it needs to be released. And I’m constantly listening to a variety of styles of music from free jazz to rock of all eras, indie, hip-hop, soul, funk and reggae.
Any plans to hit the road?
Yes, I’d love to do a tour in the fall. Given the economics, I’m slowly branching out from Brooklyn/NYC to DC and New Haven. I’ll go anywhere and everywhere the music is being felt.
What else is happening next in Light Warrior’s world?
There are a few shows over the next month. The album release show is at Greenpoint Gallery in Brooklyn on 6/2. I have a Sofar DC and NYC shows over the next two weeks and Rockwood Music hall on 6/28. I’m working on a video for No More Division, the lead track off Raise The Frequency. And over the summer, hopefully doing some festivals, booking fall shows and working on finishing up recordings of a few side projects. Then, we can tackle world peace…