U.K. reggae legends Steel Pulse announce today their first new studio album in 15 years, Mass Manipulation, out May 17 via Rootfire Cooperative in partnership with Steel Pulse’s own imprint,Wiseman Doctrine. Lead single “Cry Cry Blood” debuts today. Recorded over the course of several years on three continents, the track can now be streamed HERE. The full album can be pre-ordered/pre-saved HERE with deluxe bundles available HERE.

Comprised of 15 new, original songs and two mystic interludes written and arranged by lead vocalistDavid Hinds and co-produced by bandmates Sidney Mills and David ElecciriMass Manipulationmarks Steel Pulse’s twelfth studio album—and a timely return to the band’s signature message of social justice and bridging the racial divide through the power of music. While many of the actors and details of the world’s socio-political landscape have changed in the four decades that Steel Pulse has been committed to bettering mankind through music, the band continues to engage controversial topics of human rights on a global scale. “We cannot abandon the future that our ancestors have struggled for,” asserts Hinds.

After a long legacy of major label releases with Universal, Elektra and Island Records, for Mass Manipulation Steel Pulse made a calculated decision to partner with the unique nonprofit label Rootfire Cooperative. Formed in 2016 as a partnership with Ineffable Music Group, Billboard reports, “Rootfire Cooperative is a label services program designed to provide interest-free loans for the production and marketing of recorded music. The artists maintain 100% ownership of their music throughout the entire process.”

The band is set to tour widely throughout Europe and the United States in support of Mass Manipulation. See below for current U.S. tour dates, with many more to be announced.


1. Rize

2. Zem Dem

3. Stop You Coming and Come

4. Thank The Rebels

5. Justice In Jena

6. Human Trafficking

7. Cry Cry Blood

8. Don’t Shoot

9. Trinkets and Beads?

10. No Satan Side

11. Natty

12. Mass Manipulation

13. World Gone Mad

14. Black and White Oppressors

15. The Final Call

16. Higher Love (Rasta Love)

17. Nations Of The World


March 30—The Warfield—San Francisco, CA

March 31—Fremont Theater—San Luis Obispo, CA

April 2—Mateel Community Center—Redway, CA

April 3—Revolution Hall—Portland, OR

April 5—McDonald Theatre—Eugene, OR

April 6—Knitting Factory—Spokane, WA

April 7—Vogue Theatre—Vancouver, BC

April 9—Showbox SoDo—Seattle, WA

April 11—The Wilma—Missoula, MT

April 12—Pink Garter Theatre—Jackson, WY

April 13—Spring Back to Vail—Vail, CO

April 14—The Depot—Salt Lake City, UT

April 16—Rialto Theatre—Tucson, AZ

April 17—Brooklyn Bowl—Las Vegas, NV

April 19—Belly Up Aspen—Aspen, CO

April 20—Red Rocks Amphitheatre—Morrison, CO

May 2—Belly Up Tavern—Solana Beach, CA

May 3—Beach Life Festival—Redondo Beach, CA

May 24—California Roots Music & Arts Festival—Monterey, CA

July 14—Levitate Music and Arts Festival—Marshfield, MA

August 25—LOCKN’ Festival—Arrington, VA

August 30—Dry Diggings Festival—Placerville, CA

September 1—Dry Diggings Festival—Placerville, CA

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