ROOTS ROCK REGGAE
ROOTS ROCK REGGAE
BY HOWARD CAMPBELL
Observer senior writer
Thursday, April 26, 2018
Most artistes looking to make the charts usually go into the recording studio with a concept, hoping it guarantees them a hit song. For Soul Rebel Project, the strategy was uncomplicated.
“The concept was unity and love…musically, the concept was to draw inspiration from all of our different influences,” said the band's lead singer and rhythm guitarist, Michael Francis.
Inspiration is the title of the Massachusetts band's third album, which wasreleased on March 23 by VPAL, an affiliate of VP Records.
It has 11 songs including Talk, a mix of rock and reggae; Unity, which is done with singer Kenyatta Hill of Culture; and the jazzy Sweet Thing.
Inspiration follows four years after Higher Place, their second album. During the break between sets, Soul Rebel Project has logged hundreds of miles touring and building their fan base.
By BRIAN NELSON on MAR 16, 2018 •
As the politicians work to strengthen division between neighbors, Boston-based Soul Rebel Project come with arms open delivering the pointed reminder that “there’s still a few decent people out there” on their latest single “Decent People” from upcoming album Inspiration, out March 23 on VPAL Music/Dub Rockers.
Weaving impactful storytelling with satisfyingly dubby roots reggae, SRP navigates the turbulence of 2018 with a steady air of grounded focus. “Decent People” bares a sense of honesty that slices through the layers of ambigious rights and wrongs to present the indisputable core of human decency.
Messages of hope directly combat the negativity prevalent in the 24 hour news cycle culture that has been fast tracked and amplified by declarations of the “us vs. them” mentality. Progress is watermarked by compromise and creative problem solving. The answers are rarely black and white, and at the heart level the vast majority of people out there are decent people. Soul Rebel Project lives up to the title of their upcoming release, providing Inspiration through a generous dose of roots reggae and lyrical integrity.
“Mellow Down is an interesting track with an undeniably firm grounding in traditional Reggae roots, especially with the flowing rhythmic vibe. There is also a strong melodic rock influence most noticeable in the mellow guitar passages and a hint of country in the tuneful harmony male, female vocals.”-Nagamag.com
Copyright © 2022 Soul Rebel Project - All Rights Reserved.