One of the most successful reggae groups of the 21st century, Rebelution, have released a new single from their forthcoming seventh studio album, In The Moment, out June 18 as a joint venture between the band’s 87 Music label and NYC-based Easy Star Records. CLICK HERE to listen to the explosive “Heavy As Lead,” a collaboration with producer Flict (Wyclef Jean, Sublime with Rome), and HERE to watch the official video. “Being heavy as lead is like being grounded and prepared to take on any challenge in life,” said lead vocalist and primary songwriter Eric Rachmany. The band is also thrilled to announce that their Summer/Fall Tour is a go! After a long year without touring, Rebelution will kick off their Good Vibes Summer Tour in Fresno, California on August 5 and weave their way throughout the US until October, making stops in Las Vegas, Atlanta, Baltimore, Philadelphia, Boston, Asbury Park and more (full routing below). The band will be joined by special guests Steel Pulse, The Green, Keznamdi and DJ Mackle on select dates, and local CDC requirements will be followed. Fans can purchase tickets by visiting wwww.rebelutionmusic.com.
Recorded remotely in the midst of the pandemic, the new album is deliberate and wide-ranging, infusing the quartet’s soulful, exhilarating brand of modern reggae with addictive pop hooks, alt-rock grit, and hip-hop grooves. The performances are bold and self-assured, and the production is equally ambitious, drawing on swirling reverb and trippy delay to create an immersive sonic universe that’s both futuristic and vintage all at once. Strip away the intoxicating atmospherics, though, and what remains is a work of profound reflection, a probing, revelatory meditation that balances joy and introspection in equal measure as the band contemplates the meaning of time and how to spend what precious little we have.
With COVID safety precautions preventing the band from gathering together and capturing the album live as they had in the past, the quartet decided to record In The Moment remotely from their respective homes around Southern California. Operating with a hub and spoke model centered around touring guitarist Kyle Ahern, who took the lead producing the collection and fleshing out many of its arrangements, the group pieced together tracks one layer at a time, carefully crafting each song from the ground up with a wide variety of electronic and analog sounds. In addition to all their collaborative work, each member of the band teamed up directly with Ahern to quarterback particular tunes throughout the process, putting their personal stamp on the ever-evolving Rebelution sound.
“We all worked together with Kyle to bring our individual visions to life,” said Rachmany. “We wanted to make this the most diverse sounding record we could.” That sonic diversity also gets a boost from the album’s all-star cast of special guests, which includes Jamaican artists Kabaka Pyramid, Keznamdi, and Busy Signal, as well as American soul singer Durand Jones. Ultimately, though, the record is pure Rebelution, a powerhouse collection of songs that challenges our perceptions and pushes us to live each day to the fullest; inviting fans to sit back, slow down, and live In The Moment.