Thursday, October 14, 2010

Chris LaPlante (Lead vocalist for P-Nuckle) acoustic session @ 3 Kings Tavern, Denver, CO 10-20-10!

On Wednesday, October 20th 2010 Chris LaPlante will bring his guitar and friends for an intimate night of booze, jokes and tunes. Featuring none other than the front man for Denver's favorite reggae/punk band P-Nuckle and a special guest, this is a show for the true Nuckleheads!

Show starts @ 8:00

John Browns Body & Tatanka N.Y.E 2010!

We are pleased to announce that our good friends Tatanka will be playing with The Motet and John Brown's Body this New Years Eve 2010. This show will take place at Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom in Denver, Colorado.


Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad returns to Colorado!

Denver, CO - On Saturday, October 30th, Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad performs at Cervantes' Other Side. The quartet's headlining CO tour also includes shows in Fort Collins, Colorado Springs and Paonia. GPGDS just completed a three-week North American tour, which included their Canada debut and first west coast tour in a year. They launched their live music website on September 2nd; offering fresh recordings for purchase and free downloads. LIVE UP!! Volume II is the first release, consisting of ten tracks recorded during March and April 2010.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Pepper tour dates

Sep 15 Grove of Anaheim Anaheim, CA
Sep 16 Grove of Anaheim Anaheim, CA
Sep 17 Orpheum Theatre Flagstaff, AZ
Sep 18 Rialto Theater Tucson, AZ
Sep 19 Sunshine Theatre Albuquerque, NM
Sep 21 White Rabbit San Antonio, TX
Sep 22 House of Blues Houston Houston, TX
Sep 23 Stubbs Bar-B-Q Austin, TX
Sep 24 House Of Blues Dallas Dallas, TX
Sep 25 Howlin Wolf New Orleans, LA
Sep 26 Masquerade Atlanta, GA
Sep 29 Culture Room Fort Lauderdale, FL
Sep 30 Culture Room Fort Lauderdale, FL
Oct 01 Jannus Landing Saint Petersburg, FL
Oct 02 Floyd's Music Store Tallahassee, FL
Oct 03 Freebird Live Jacksonville, FL
Oct 05 Music Farm Charleston, SC
Oct 06 The National Richmond, VA
Oct 07 Norva Norfolk, VA
Oct 08 House of Blues Atlantic City, NJ
Oct 09 House Of Blues Boston, MA
Oct 10 Theater Of Living Arts Philadelphia, PA
Oct 12 Highline Ballroom New York, NY
Oct 13 Highline Ballroom New York, NY
Oct 14 Webster Theatre Hartford, CT
Oct 15 9:30 Club Washington, DC
Oct 16 Starland Ballroom Sayreville, NJ
Oct 17 Met Cafe Providence, RI
Oct 19 Crofoot Pontiac, MI
Oct 20 House Of Blues Cleveland, OH
Oct 21 Metro Chicago, IL
Oct 22 Majestic Theatre Madison, WI
Oct 23 Cabooze Minneapolis, MN
Oct 24 Granada Theatre Lawrence, KS
Oct 27 Aggie Theater Fort Collins, CO
Oct 28 Fox Theatre Boulder, CO
Oct 29 Ogden Theatre Denver, CO
Oct 30 The Complex Salt Lake City, UT
Oct 31 Knitting Factory Boise, ID
Nov 02 Wilma Theatre Missoula, MT
Nov 03 Knitting Factory Spokane, WA
Nov 04 Showbox SODO Seattle, WA
Nov 05 Roseland Theater Portland, OR
Nov 06 Warfield Theatre San Francisco, CA
Nov 11 Marquee Theatre Tempe, AZ
Nov 12 Marquee Theatre Tempe, AZ
Nov 17 Belly Up Tavern Solana Beach, CA
Nov 18 House of Blues San Diego, CA
Nov 19 House of Blues San Diego, CA

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad on tour with The Beautiful Girls


New York Road Warriors Embark on North American Tour

Boulder, CO - On Friday, September 17th, Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad performs at Fox Theatre with Australia's The Beautiful Girls. During the quartet's three-week North American tour, they will be making their Canada debut and returning to the west coast for the first time in a year. GPGDS performed at numerous festivals this summer including Wakarusa, Nateva, All Good, and GrassRoots. Their new album LIVE UP! debuted at number two on iTunes' Reggae Chart.

"Truly one of the world's finest roots reggae ensembles..." - CBS Radio Street Date

LIVE UP! is a selection of high-quality, previously unreleased live recordings, hand picked by Rochester NY's psychedelic reggae road warriors. The independently released album's 11 tracks were selected from five different concerts in 2008 and 2009.

Giant Panda has played 500 shows in the past three years, touring relentlessly and developing a widespread grassroots following. The group has performed at premier venues and festivals across the U.S. including Red Rocks and Rothbury. LIVE UP! exemplifies the tight musicianship and dynamic live show experience GPGDS is known for. The album was produced and mixed by the band's sound engineer and show archivist Joel Scanlon. It complements their debut studio release Slow Down (2006).

LIVE UP! is the closing statement of Giant Panda's former six-piece lineup, as they are now forging ahead as a quartet.

"The reality of this band is that we're always evolving - musically, spiritually, and within our own circle," says GPGDS bassist James Searl. "LIVE UP! documents the sound and chemistry that six people shared with each other and crowds around the nation. We're excited about the future as a quartet, and eager to explore new territories."

Friday, September 17 @ Fox Theatre

Doors: 8:30 PM / Show: 9:00 PM
All Ages
$14 adv / $17 dos

Also performing: The Beautiful Girls, Kinetix

Tour Dates
Aug 28 - Turin, NY - Snow Ridge Jam Fest
Sept 03 - Boston, MA - Rock On! Concert Cruise
Sept 04 - Providence, RI - Jerkys Music Hall
Sept 05 - Norfolk, CT - Infinity Hall
Sept 10 - Norwalk, CT - Slamfest NSA Oyster Festival
Sept 11 - Rochester, NY - Water Street Music Hall
Sept 12 - Toronto, ON, Canada - Horseshoe Tavern
Sept 14 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall
Sept 15 - Minneapolis, MN - Triple Rock Social Club
Sept 17 - Boulder, CO - Fox Theatre
Sept 18 - Park City, UT - Star Bar
Sept 21 - Vancouver, BC, Canada - Fortune Sound Club
Sept 22 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge
Sept 24 - San Francisco, CA - The Independent
Sept 25 - Santa Barbara, CA - West Beach Festival
Sept 26 - Santa Barbara, CA - West Beach Festival
Sept 28 - San Luis Obispo, CA - Downtown Brewing Co
Sept 29 - Santa Cruz, CA - Catalyst Atrium
Sept 30 - West Hollywood, CA - Roxy Theatre
Oct 01 - Solana Beach, CA - Belly Up
Oct 02 - Hermosa Beach, CA - Saint Rocke

Monday, August 9, 2010

Interview with Pepper

Interview by Chad Hillje
Editing by Kyle Hillje
Photography by Mark Franzen

It was a rainy July afternoon in Morrison, Colorado as we ascended up the terrain at the world famous Red Rocks Amphitheatre for the 2010 Unity Tour featuring Pepper, Offspring and 311. As we surfaced at the top of the hill, slightly rain soaked, we met up with The Coach, Pepper’s tour manager, and met the winner of Pepper’s karaoke contest, Josh Gonzales, whom did a great cover of Pepper’s new release, “Mirror”. We took cover in the back of Pepper’s tour bus, drank some Coors Lights, and spoke about everything from LAW Records to Jack Johnson’s ex-girlfriend and her upside down uterus. Enjoy!

DRS: Here we are once again at Red Rocks for the Unity Tour and we are sitting with none other than Kona’s very own, Pepper. How are you guys feelin’?
Pepper: (Kaleo) We’re feelin’ like lifeguards! (Brett) So, so, noivous! (laughs) Na, we’re feelin’ great! (Yeesod) We’re feelin’ safe as ever ‘cause like Kaleo said, “we’re lifeguards”. (Kaleo) We are certified, we got our training and we are good to go. Basically, if you drink too much, we are allowed to mouth-to-mouth resuscitate you. Unfortunately, it’s been a weird thing cause there is a high level of dude’s not being resurrected. Seriously though, we have been waiting for this show all tour and we love it here!
DRS: That explains the ample amount of females at your shows. We know you guys love Colorado. You recorded your live album (Kona Gold) here.
Pepper: This place is perfect!
DRS: Congratulations on your two new singles released today “Wake Up” and “Mirror”. This is a huge teaser for your fans and they want to know, is there a projected release date for the album yet?
Pepper: (Kaleo) Yes. It’s the future. Near, but not too near, more mid-ish future, but not too far future. It would be a near to near far future. (Brett) We’re working with a serious timeline so it will definitely be out before the Mayan calendar ends.
DRS: Ok Pepper fans, when the world is ending you can pick up the new Pepper album (laughs).
Pepper: We actually have a show booked on that day. We will play all the new songs (laughs).
DRS: No better way to go out!
Pepper: You guys have to learn Mayan first though. We will only be doing our songs in Mayan.
DRS: Should be interesting! You guys have worked with some heavy hitting producers by the likes of Steve Kravic, Ron Germain (The Saint), Tony Kanal, Paul Leary, and 311’s very own, Nick Hexum in recording your past five studio albums. Is there a certain process you guys go through when selecting a producer for your albums?
Pepper: (Kaleo) Yes, it’s “will you please work with us?” and if they say yes, then it’s good to go. (Yeesod) Whoever is the cheapest. (Brett) Money is not an object cause we don’t have it!
DRS: At least you guys have upgraded from the white van!
Pepper: (Brett) Chopper One, great white buffalo, god rest your soul.
DRS: Pour a little out. Who is behind the wheels for the new album?
Pepper: (Kaleo) Actually, the first two songs are produced by yours truly. Cheap and easy! (Yeesod) We have two more that are being mixed right now that we all did. (Brett) We are becoming great producers. (Kaleo) Speaking of which, how is the feedback from you guys? Have you heard the new songs and have you downloaded them?
DRS: But of course! It keeps getting better and better with you guys. A lot of our readers are big fans!
Pepper: We are playing “Wake Up” tonight.
DRS: Are you guys playing “Mirror”?
Pepper: (Yeesod) We only have a half hour to play, so not this time. (Kaleo) The best thing for Denver is that we will be back for a complete inspection in the fall for a full show at The Fillmore I believe.
DRS: Sweet! “LAW Records” is your independent label that features the likes of Iration, The Supervillians and Passafire. Is it true that “LAW” was once a record label that Yeesod’s father started in the 80’s?
Pepper: (Yeesod) It was his band called “The Law” actually, and our record label logo was their band logo. They started their own label in 1983, released their own album, and then the band broke up. (Kaleo) Their album was awesome! We would actually like to re-do their album if we ever get good enough. They had hits like “Baby don’t you know…You’re a hooker.” (Brett) The genes were so strong that “The Law” was a three piece just like Pepper.
DRS: You guys teamed up with Volcom back in 2001, which set the stage for you guys joining the Warped Tour and the release of your 2nd studio album “Kona Town”. How much of a role does “Volcom” play now that you guys have your own record label?
Pepper: (Kaleo) The relationship has been so good. It never ever went south and you always hear these story’s and cliché’s about record labels and bands getting into these huge arguments over contracts and money, blah blah blah, but to this day, we have the best time working with each other. In fact, if you pay attention to our lifeguard outfits you will notice how “Volcom” made everything we are wearing from the shirts, to the track jackets and the shorts, everything! Everyone at Volcom Entertainment we have nothing but love for! We are also doing the volcanic Volcom Hawaii Tour in December. It’s gonna be Kaua’i and O’ahu and then Maui and the big island. (Brett) Pepper and Volcom are stronger than ever!
DRS: We are gonna have to try and make that one! You guys were in the Volcom lab with designers, designing your very own Pepper board shorts. Are those available yet and how do your fans pick some up?
Pepper: (Yeesod) They will be available as part of their spring line in the spring of 2011. I’m pretty sure you can buy them online but they will be everywhere Volcom is sold.
DRS: Excellent! So, in the UFA point skit on the album “No Shame” who does the voice of the wine sucking Pepper groupie?
Pepper: (Kaleo) That’s Brett!
DRS: Can you give us a little sample?
Pepper: (Brett in wine sucking groupie voice) Oh, you so nasty! (Kaleo) The coach was leading it perfectly! We did all that in one shot. (Brett) It was very romantic to be honest.
DRS: Just cried a little (laughs). So we have one last question… Is it true that the song “Tounges” on “Kona Town” was written by Jack Johnson? How did that come about?
Pepper: (Kaleo) Um… He started writing it and we found it in his trash. See, he dated this girl with an upside-down uterus for a long time. He lived next door on the north shore around the same time. He actually threw it out, and when they broke up, he was so mad ‘cause she was spending a lot of time with us or whatever, and she was like, “Here, why don’t you pay attention to a real song” and pulled it out of the trash and threw it to us. So we kept it and decided to release it.
DRS: Wow…true story?
Pepper: That’s what we read on Wikipedia. (Brett) We want to give a shout out to C.J out there. You’re a sweet girl, get that thing fixed.
DRS: Thanks for taking the time to interview with Dub Rock Syndicate! Guys, have a great show and good luck with the rest of the tour!
Pepper: Bring it in, on 3! One-Two-Three, DUB ROCK SYNDICATE!

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

'Take Your Chances' Video (2009) The Black Seeds

Interview with The Black Seeds

Interview by Chad Hillje
Editing by Kyle Hillje
Photography by Mark Franzen

DRS: We are at The Fox Theatre in Boulder, Colorado once again and we’re sitting with guitarist and lead vocalist of The Black Seeds, Barnaby Weir. How are you doin’ tonight buddy?
Barnaby: Doin’ good and feeling good. I love it!
DRS: It’s good to have you guys here in Boulder, Colorado. We heard that you guys had a little bit of a rough time getting your visas approved. Now that your tour has started, how was Canada and how has the start of your tour been so far?
Barnaby: Yeah we did have some issues getting into the states and missed a couple stops on the tour, such as the Vancouver show, but we re-scheduled the show for the Monday night and it went well. So, that was good. We arrived in Victoria and then went to Oakland and to L.A., and one of the nights on our stop, we played with Fishbone. We were pretty stoked to play with them and now we are here so it’s all good man.
DRS: We’re glad you made it! You guys have a great funk/reggae sound. What influences your guys’ sound?
Barnaby: I’d have to say all American music. English music as well as Jamaican music influences us. You have to realize that music is influenced by many cultures all over the world. Down in New Zealand, we get a lot of American media, so we are influenced highly by a lot of American soul such as Al Green, Otis Redding and Ray Charles. We are not trying to copy them; we are just influenced by them the same way we are influenced by Jamaican music. We are highly inspired by all kinds of music from different countries, but American and Jamaican music is what really inspires The Black Seeds.
DRS: You guys inspire a lot of Americans as well. In October of 2009, you guys released your live album/dvd which was only released in New Zealand and Australia. Are you guys planning on releasing it in the United States anytime soon?
Barnaby: We would absolutely love to. From the states you can find it online and iTunes sells it as well. You can also go onto our website “” and at the moment, we have a free five track download. All you need to do is give your e-mail and you can check out a remix of “slingshot” done by a dubstep producer by the name of Truth. We would like to make our stuff as accessible as possible for everybody in the U.S.
DRS: Tell us a little bit about Surgery Studios back home in New Zealand.
Barnaby: Surgery Studios is not the average studio. It’s not flashy and it’s like a warehouse really. When I was almost 19, I got a student loan to go to a University in Wellington and I spent it on recording at a place called “Original Music Workshop” which is now “Surgery”. It doesn’t look very professional but when you’re there with a bunch of other musicians, you get the feel of intimacy with the place. We like to make it affordable for musicians to record at “The Surgery”.
DRS: Is it the same studio that “Flight of the Choncords” recorded at as well?
Barnaby: They did do some recording there. They did some recording in America in L.A. as well. That band is awesome. They are our mates! We have known each other for a long time and Bret McKenzie was actually a member of the Black Seeds from it’s inception for about six years.
DRS: Is it true that your 2008 album release “Into the Dojo” was given the name due to the fact that “Surgery Studio” used to be a karate dojo?
Barnaby: Wow, you have done your research! (Laughs) As I said, “Original Music Workshop” was a part of it, but back 15 years ago, it was a karate dojo, and that’s where The Black Seeds practiced down the hall from the studio.
DRS: That’s cool to know that little piece of insight about you guys. Your fans want to know what kind of music you listen to. If we found your iPod, what would be on there?
Barnaby: The first one would be AC/DC for sure! I also like the Beetles, and as far as American influence is concerned, I really like Jimmy Hendrix. You would also see Fat Freddy’s Drop on there. They are a great dub/reggae band from Wellington and you should check them out if you have not already. I really like KRS-One, N.E.R.D, Dr.Dre, Outkast, Run DMC, De La Soul, Beastie Boys and Public Enemy as far as the hip-hop genre is concerned. I mix it up!
DRS: Barnaby thanks so much for your time! We love your music and keep it coming.
Barnaby: Dub Rock Syndicate! BIG UP! Thanks for listening to some kiwi tunes and I’d like to thank Katchafire for playing with us. Your readers can check us out at and get a free 5 track download that also includes some unreleased stuff.

Monday, August 2, 2010


DC Band Featuring Members of Thievery Corporation in CO August 6-8

See-I have three shows coming up in Colorado, including first ever performances in Denver and Aspen. Six of the eight band members are also part of the internationally renowned group Thievery Corporation.

See-I plays a unique blend of classic roots reggae, mixed with funk and soul. The Washington, DC-based octet has become one of the east coast's premier party bands because they know how to keep people dancing all night with a smile on their face.

A weekly Wednesday night residency at DC's prestigious Eighteenth Street Lounge has given See-I the opportunity to perfect their performance. They've created a fresh sound that's become popular at ski resorts, beach towns, and concert halls alike.

"Enter Zeebo and Rootz, two Rastafarian brothers who provide the rude boy vocal snippets...Their music is as eclectic, stylish, charismatic, genial, witty, sophisticated and worldly as they are." - High Times

Tour Dates
Aug 04 - Washington, DC - Eighteenth Street Lounge
Aug 06 - Denver, CO - Cervantes' Other Side Info
Aug 07 - Aspen, CO - Belly Up Aspen Info
Aug 08 - Durango, CO - Abbey Theatre Info
Aug 14 - Baltimore, MD - Power Plant Live
Aug 22 - Atlantic City, NJ - Bally's Atlantic City
Sept 05 - Montauk, NY - Surf Lodge

Friday, July 23, 2010

Interview with Tatanka

Interview by Chad Hillje
Editor – Kyle Hillje
Photography – Mark Franzen

Tatanka has seen recent success playing alongside acts such as Passafire, Katchafire and the Black Seeds to name a few. We caught up with the up and coming kings of “dubtronic” after their set at the Fox Theatre in Boulder on July 15th 2010 and this is what they had to say. Enjoy!

DRS- Amazing set tonight guys. You really set the stage for Katchafire and The Black Seeds! How you guys feelin’?
Tatanka- We’re good Chad. How you feelin’?
DRS- Another beautiful night at the Fox Theatre in Boulder! You guys played last night at Cervantez Masterpiece Ballroom with the Black Seeds and tonight you guys are here at the Fox with Katchafire and the Black Seeds. How has the last couple nights treated you guys?
Tatanka- The last couple of nights have been very nice to us. Denver came out and rocked with us really hard on Wednesday night and Boulder was an incredible show and well worth it and we give it a 9.5 out of 10!
DRS- You guys have been around for a couple of years now. How did Tatanka come about?
Tatanka- (ChampIan)-Wow that’s a long story man (laughs). (The Mexico)- I was walking to class and I seen Ian. I had seen him the night before at The Expendables show here in Boulder and recognized him and said, lets go burn one and that’s pretty much how it started. (Malonestarr)- I moved back from Vermont after graduating college and I was hittin’ up all these weirdo’s on craigslist and you would not believe what type of people are on there, It’s crazy. I ended up finding the only post in regards to reggae and thought that this has got to be cool. So, I replied and got a call from Ian. Him and I met everyone at his house and we banged it out.
DRS- Awesome! Not only can you get hookers on Craigslist but you can also get a band mate.
Tatanka- Trust in Craig! (Laughs)
DRS- You guys have some pretty awesome names. Details?
Tatanka- (Malonestarr)-My last name is Malony and that’s an interpretation of all sorts of nicknames such as Bologna, Ba-logue-nuh and Malony-head. I get spaced sometimes and I feel like I’m in space when I play music and that’s where the “Starr” comes from. I also like Malone-ranger. (The Mexico)- It started back in high school by this kid Luke Van Leary and I’m Mexican, my names Mike and not much more to say. (ChampIan)- My life off of stage and on stage are completely different so it’s an entity that I can be and express myself through different than my normal self. It’s ChampIan now and might be something later, ya know? For right now, I feel like the champ, like we are fighting, like this is what we gotta do and we’re gonna do it. Not much more than that.
DRS- You guys used about 30 minutes for your EP “Sounds In Technicolor” therefore, there must be more music on the way. Can your fans look forward to an album soon?
Tatanka- You can never rush greatness. The album might come out in a year, it might come out in two years, or it might come out in three months. We will definitely let our fans know. As of now, we have a few things we are working on like getting out on the road.
DRS- Excellent. We will definitely do our part and let the DRS fans know when you guys are ready. You guys are becoming quite the staple in the dubtronica sound. Have you guys given it some thought about teaming up with electronica dj’s and producers to create some songs or do some remixes of your songs?
Tatanka- A lot of dj’s like certain recordings a certain way and we will probably produce some tracks and mix them down. Also when we play in Denver we like to bring our dj by the name of dj Del Rio. He always brings the proper sounds after we are done and before we play. It’s just a matter of time before we all start mixing and doin’ one thing.
DRS- You guys played in Austin last spring at ATX Wildfire. How was that for you guys?
Tatanka- It was a blast! We bunked with the Silver Surfer dudes for like four days and we were on the floor. There were way too many dudes but it was fun. The Episode Phive and Music Bailout guys were really cool too.
DRS- Sounds wild. You guys have both an electronic and reggae feel to your sound. Who influences your unique sound?
Tatanka- (Malonestarr)- Lately I have been listening to a lot of that dubstep that is from the U.K like Skream and Benga. (The Mexico)- Same thing man, all of that new dubstep shit. Ian has shown me a lot of new bands like Fat Freddy’s Drop and The Black Seeds. (ChampIan)- I really enjoy John Brown’s Body. I have always thought that those guys bring it really hard. They are the ones that really inspired me to do this kind of stuff. The Black Seeds are really good. I like how they bring the funk. I like Fat Freddy’s Drop and anything that comes in with a fat bass line and a heavy punch. That’s when I’m like, thank you!
DRS- Thanks for your time guys! Are there any last comments you want to share with your fans?
Tatanka- You guys can pick up our E.P for free at and make sure you check out our weekly schedule and come out and see us!

Monday, July 19, 2010


PASSAFIRE's new live album ‎"LIVE FROM THE ROAD VOL. 1" is officially being released tomorrow! Starting at midnight tonight, the new live album from PASSAFIRE will be available exclusively at iTunes music store. Get it!

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Interview with Mishka

Interview by Chad Hillje
Editor - Kyle Hillje
Photographer - Mark Franzen

On tour promoting his latest release “Talk About”, Dub Rock Syndicate caught up with Mishka after his phenomenal performance at the Bluebird Theatre in Denver, Colorado.

DRS- Welcome back to Colorado and the Bluebird theatre Mishka. The last time we saw you here, you had your arm in a cast. We assume everything healed up ok?
Mishka- Ha ha, most definitely. It’s nice to be functional.
DRS- Indeed. We want to congratulate you on your fourth studio release “Talk About” and your fans want to know, what it’s like to be working with Matthew McConaughey and being part of his record label j.k livin?
Mishka- It’s been good so far ya know. It’s definitely brought certain exposure to an audience that wouldn’t have necessarily heard me before, like people that are fans of his and his movies. It’s been a learning curve for both of us, for his record company and for me so that’s cool. It’s positive ya know?
DRS- You both seem like some pretty positive guys, so that is cool man. It was pretty cool to hear your songs on his 2008 movie “Surfer, Dude”.
Mishka- Yeah that was cool. “Coastline Journey” and “3rd eye vision”.
DRS- You finally recorded the track “Home Grown” for a studio release on your latest album this year even though you have been playing that song for a few years now. It’s noticeable that you brought a different element to the recording of the track and a Willie Nelson has a cameo in the song. How did that come about?
Mishka- That was a connection through Matthew. A Texas connection through the Texas guys, ya know. We recorded the track and Matthew called up Willie and asked if he would be interested in singing on a track with a guy he was working with (myself) and Willie was like “just send me the track and leave space for me to sing”. I actually never got to meet him but sooner or later I’m sure ill get to meet him. So that was nice ya know, cause as a kid my mom used to listen to his tapes and stuff.
DRS- That’s pretty neat how that worked out. Now, as a kid you grew up on a boat with your parents traveling through the Caribbean Islands listening to bands such as Jaluka, Bob Marley and Burning Spear. It’s understandable how growing up in that environment would inspire you to write great reggae music. What else inspires you to write your music, especially when you’re on the road?
Mishka- It’s the human struggle ya know? Being a living human being on the planet is like a balancing act. So I think everybody does something to balance ya know? So, a lot of that comes out in lyrics and chords. It’s life man. A lot of times I’m inspired by all of the negative and positive things that happen in life. All of the atrocities and things going on in the world inspire me to sing about trying to find some justice in our future. Seeking Rastafari and his majesty spoke about equal rights and justice for all people. Nobody else has put it in such a clear way for everybody to understand. Rastafari is really the inspiration for most of the music ya know? It’s like the voice of the time ya know? It’s the truth in the era that we are living in. You can read biblical stuff or you can read other religious scriptures like the Koran or the Buddhist text but right now it’s the Rastafari word that people need to know about. Not even in a religious sense, a human sense, just respect for one another and undoing the colonialism like white supremacy and world domination through corporation. All of that stuff needs to be exposed and undone through people realizing their human rights and what it is to be a human being on the planet. So that’s really where my message is coming from ya know?
DRS- Your message is definitely being heard. Do your parents ever get to see you play?
Mishka- They’d seen me up in Canada a couple of years ago. They haven’t seen the full band yet though.
DRS- They are sure in for a treat!
Mishka- Yeah man.
DRS- You are obviously inspired by roots reggae. What do you think of that genre coming together with rock and roll and the whole dub rock sound?
Mishka- That’s what it’s about ya know? I have drawn so much influence and inspiration from other people. We’re all just like sponges ya know? The music is the water and you put the sponge in the water and soak it all up and squeeze it out somewhere else. It’s like that ya know?
DRS- One of the top dub rock bands in the scene “Pepper” actually covered your song “lonely”. How does that feel to know that your sound influences such good bands like Pepper?
Mishka- I like those guys. If they want to cover one of my songs that’s great! The roots reggae and the rock, I love both genres ya know?
DRS- Tomorrow night you’re playing at the “Belly Up” in Aspen. Have you played there before?
Mishka- I have. I have played a couple of acoustic sets up there but I have not played with the band up there yet. Should be fun, ya know?
DRS- Well they are in for a show. Mishka, thank you for your time and your humble attitude. We are so happy to have you back in Denver and we will tell all of our friends to go buy your new album “Talk About”.
Mishka- Yeah man, much respect.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Interview with Tribal Seeds

Interview by Chad Hillje
Editor - Kyle Hillje
Photographer - Mark Franzen

Listening to Tribal Seeds would leave you to believe that this is a band that has been around for a long time. This is another one of those “don’t judge a book by its cover scenarios”. Forming in 2004 beginning with brothers T-Ray (keys) and Steven (vocals), Tribal Seeds was destined for success. Soon the band formed into roots, reggae prodigy’s by adding members John (bass), Tony (lead guitar), Joe (percussions, keys) and Carlos (drummer). Recently Tribal Seeds came through Denver in one of their many stops on their spring 2010 headlining tour. Dub Rock Syndicate caught up with these laid back southern California Rasta boys to find out more about their recent success and life on the road. Enjoy - DRS

DRS-You guys tore the roof off of Cervantes tonight! Thanks for taking the time to sit down with us and letting your fans find out a little more about you guys. The elevation here in Colorado affects a lot of musicians. Did you guys feel the altitude?
TS-(John) We get drunk a little bit quicker. (Steve) It was a little bit harder but it was all good.
DRS-Through your recent tours in places like Guam, Aruba and Hawaii, where reggae music is life, how does it feel to play far away from the coastlines in the middle of North America and still pack the house and see your fans singing along to your songs?
TS- It feels great man. It shows that our music is spreading and we are constantly building our fan base. To be from San Diego and to travel here to Colorado and see our fans here feels good. Having a bunch of Bronco fans cheering on San Diego fans feels really good (laughs).
DRS-Through your recent tours, what venues have been your guy’s favorites?
TS-Aruba was sick, but some of us like it more to play in small towns in small bars.
DRS-We want to congratulate you guys for your recent success with your album “The Harvest,” reaching one of the most downloaded albums in the reggae charts for iTunes in 2009. Where do you guys see your sound progressing in the future as far as your roots, rock, reggae sound is concerned?
TS-(Steve) Dub step man!! We are gonna tap into that. We are gonna do a little bit of everything while staying true to our roots sound. That’s our foundation, so we have to stay true to that. We’d like to mix in a little rock and a little hip hop too. (Tony) The next album will be the “to be continued” part of “The Harvest”.
DRS-Many of your fans know that your major influences are Bob Marley, Steel Pulse and Midnite. Aside from those influences who else may influence you guys?
TS- Justin Timberlake and Brittany Spears (laughs)! We listen to everything from Stevie Wonder to Little Wayne to punk rock and Latin music. It all influences us.
DRS-You guys have been a band since 2004 and we want to know, what have been some of your biggest challenges up to this point?
TS-(John) Just trying to keep the partying down a little bit and not drink so much. We try to keep ourselves healthy and eat healthy. (Tony) We travel a lot and it’s hard to balance things, but we do the best we can. (Steve) I have to say that money has been my biggest challenge because I still live with my parents and I’m trying to get my own place. It’s not financially promising to be in a band but we love it so we do it, ya know?
DRS-Who do you guys want to share the stage with someday?
TS-Steel Pulse guaranteed. We played with Rebelution last night and that was pretty cool.
DRS-If we were to jump in your ride and go for a cruise, what would be playing in your CD player?
TS-(Steve) I just got into these DJ’s by the name of “Showtek”. They are like hard style trance and I have been listening to those guys a lot. (Joe) I just pushed shuffle on my iPod and I got “Akon”. (John) I gotta say “Minor Threat”. I used to be a punk rocker, but like I said, I like a lot of different music. (Tony) Latin music moves me like nothing else.
DRS-Thanks so much for sitting down with us guys.
TS- Thanks to everyone that came out tonight and thanks for supporting us! Go Lakers! One more thing, go Chargers!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Interview with P-Nuckle

Interview by Chad Hillje
Editor - Kyle Hillje
Photographer - Mark Franzen

On a crisp spring May night in Denver, Colorado the Dub Rock Syndicate rolled into the infamous five points to catch up with long time local dub rock legends and Colorado favorites P-Nuckle. Opening up for Tribal Seeds at the Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom, these guys sat down with us to discuss reggae, Magnum P.I missions, crossing the country in boxer shorts and what’s in store for the future. Enjoy!

DRS- How are you guy’s doin’?
P-Nostalgic Chad. We’ve known you for way too long!
DRS- Yeah I figured that it’s about time we got this interview.
P-(Chris) We found out that you were doing this interview so I said that if you don’t come to this show tonight, we know where you live and we were gonna hide your girlfriend.
DRS-(laughs) Now that sounds like a threat!
P-It’s a promise Chad. Really though, we are glad you came man.
DRS-Very stoked to be here with you fellas. Now, you guys are doing big things and just released your third studio album “Stand Up”. Without sounding too cliché as an interviewer, I’m still gonna ask you how this latest album has matured from the previous two albums “Colfax Satisfaction” and “303”?

P-(Dave) It’s good! Having our own studio and doing our own thing has given us creative control all the way and that’s huge. We are all older now and we have better jobs so we are able to pour a bunch of money into what we do and what we love.(Chris) This album is a lot more rootsy and it kinda brings home the idea that we’re not stuck in the same category as a lot of other bands are. You can tell on this album that this is our best work and the best I’ve seen come out of Revolution Sound Labs. It sounds great. Dave’s really honing his craft and he his getting really good at what we are shooting for. The next album is something to anticipate as well, so look out people!
DRS-With your studio continually evolving and getting better, what new approach are you bringing to your recording techniques?
P-(Dave) We are bringing in a lot of new gear. On the side, I’m a hack carpenter and we are acoustically paneling our entire studio and bringing it up to that professional level. It’s fun and a lot of work but that’s a beautiful thing. The studio is going to have its own website at coming up in like a month or so.
DRS-We look forward to checking that out guys! You guys have played in just about every dive and concert hall in the Mile High City. Which one do you guys like to rock the most?
P-(EZ) We always love to play at Herman’s Hideaway of course, but anywhere on Colfax and anywhere on Broadway. We got a chance to play at the Fillmore with Matisyahu recently and that was quite an experience. (Dave) For me it changes like every month and so many of them surprise me. Recently we played a benefit show in Boulder at a place called The Goose and it was a small place with three XLR’s, a mic and a stand. We set up as best as we could and it turned into quite a party and we all had fun! I love the small venues and tonight is a good example here at Cervantes.
DRS-Can we look forward to some big things this summer?
P-We are looking forward to playing at the Westword Music Showcase, June 19th and I know we will be playing a stage close to the main stage and an all ages stage, so that should be fun. We are also playing the Denver Day of Rock with our good friends the Aggrolites and Fishbone. We’ve got some good stuff coming up this year! It should be a good summer.
DRS-That is definitely something for Nuckleheads to look forward to. You guys have been together for the better part of a decade now, so we want to know, where you guys think you will be in another ten years?
P-(Dave) In our first decade we have been through a lot of band members. Chris and I are the only ones still here from the beginning. We have grown up a lot since 2000. In November I’m going to Miami to get married on a 139 ft yacht at sunset and Chris is my best man. Chris actually had a dream recently that I did not go through with my marriage and jumped on a Magnum P.I. helicopter, got in the pilot seat, started flying this fucking thing and my dad gave us a little salute as we flew away. We have a Cuban in our band (EZ) and we are going to be like 90 miles from his homeland, so if I’m walking down the aisle and a helicopter shows up…(laughs).
DRS-You guys have shared the stage with many of reggae’s finest. Who is next on the list?
P- (Chris) We have been fortunate to play with guys like The Wailers, Matisyahu, Slightly Stoopid and the Mad Caddies, just to name a few, but I would love to play with Less Than Jake. (Dave) I’m going to go with Steel Pulse and Lagwagon.
DRS- A lot of your fans want to know, is there a tour coming anytime soon?
P-(Chris) We hope so man. Before Dave gets married, we want to go to California for a few shows and definitely try to hit the coast. (Dave) We are definitely gonna tour! I would like to travel 2000 miles in nothing but my boxers, if possible, just to fucking say, “I crossed the country in nothing but my boxers”!
DRS-(laughs) What bands are in heavy rotation on your iPod?
P-(Chris) I’m really into Rusko right now. He is a great dub step DJ from the U.K. I’m also listening to The Expendables new album “Prove It”. You will hear Tatanka on my iPod as well. (Dave) My iPod is playing some Unwritten Law right now. (EZ) I’m playing Katchafire, Natural Vibrations and Stranger. Close to home there is a group called Rudie Clash that’s sick. You should definitely check those guys out.
DRS- Thanks guys, we are looking forward to the show tonight and another 10 years from you guys!
P-Rock on Chad!

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Interview with SlaughterHouse Rootz

Interview by Chad Hillje
Editor - Kyle Hillje
Photographer - Mark Franzen

We’re sitting backstage trying to make out the faces through a cloud of smoke with local party boys and dub rock sensations, SlaughterHouse Rootz. The band just got off of the stage and warmed up the crowd for Pacific Dub and the rest of the evening. I was only able to sit down with three of the four guys as vocalist, Wyatt was said to be wondering around with his guitar and his weed, making new friends and quite possibly ex-girlfriends.

DRS-How you guys doin’?
SHR-Fine man. How you doin’?
DRS-Happy to be here guys! Who’s playing right now? Is it Pacific Dub?
SHR-No man, it’s Iration.
DRS-Ah shit, that’s right! We need to quit drinking before the interviews.
SHR-No, no, we like it like that! We need to party more often! You should hit this weed though.
DRS-Thanks man but I can’t. We’re working and have to keep our head straight (laughs). That’s why we have our assistant here.
DRS-First question. Barbie dolls or Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles?
DRS-Gentlemen, it’s good to see you guys on the same bill as Iration, Through the Roots and Pacific Dub. You guys are one of our hometown hero’s as far as dub rock is concerned. Colorado has embraced your sound and we want to know, do you guys feel the same love on the road in other places like your recent show in Austin, TX for the SXSW?
SHR-It was even more kind of love. Before SXSW we were in Iowa and got busted by the cops. They took all of our weed, but when we got down to Austin, not only was the show awesome but Austin Normal gave us an ounce of weed and said “hey man, we heard about your sorrows and here you guys go”.
DRS-That’s love right there!
SHR-It was like being home man. Just like here in Denver. People would do the same thing here. Ruta Maya really hooked us up down there. It really felt like home. Big shout out to Austin Normal! Those guys are our homies.
DRS-As far as the venues you guys have played locally, which one is your favorite?
SHR-(Dana) Right here at the Fox man! The Fox has the best sound and the best sound guys. They are real professional about it. They bring their shit man. (Kyle) I’m going with the Bluebird man. The Bluebird is my favorite. When you hit that bass drum, the bass tickles your rectum. (Byrd) Definitely the Fox man. Like Dana said, they are real professional about what they are doing. It’s refreshing to see a venue not only take their national act seriously but taking the local acts seriously as well.
DRS-You guys have a really good punk rock/reggae sound. We would like to know who your influences are as far as your sound is concerned?
SHR-(Dana) I’d have to say Tim Armstrong on his own and Tim Armstrong with Rancid. That’s my influence as far as the punk shit goes.
DRS-What about the reggae?
SHR-(Dana) The kings are Sublime! Then there is Slightly Stoopid.
SHR-(Byrd) I’d definitely have to say that Stoopid is doing it. They have a Grateful Dead following you know. Much respect to those guys and obviously Sublime. On the other side of that, I like a lot of 70’s rock like Clapton and Zeppelin of course. (Kyle) I’m going straight up with Miley Cirus! (Screaming) “PARTY IN THE U.S.A”!!! If you can’t rock a Miley Cirus song then get the fuck out of America!
DRS-Kyle, if you’re a Miley Cirus fan then did you see her dance on the stripper pole?
SHR-Oh yeah and Nickelodeon has never been better!
DRS-How do you feel about her daddy, Billy Ray Cirus?
SHR-We should totally cover that song Achy Breaky Heart.
DRS-We heard you guys play some Garth Brooks earlier. Do you have any Country influences?
SHR-(Byrd) I’m from the Midwest, from Iowa and I can’t say that I have any country influences but I’m very familiar with country music. I think we all get a kick out of it you know. We don’t try to play normal covers. We want to play obscure stuff you know. We are a reggae rock band to play a fucking country song you know. Not to mention fucking killing it. Big ups to D for getting on the mic and killing it.
DRS-You guys know what happens when you play a country song backwards right?
SHR-You get your dog back, your girlfriend back and you also get your truck back right? Oh yeah and you get circumcised unless you are Jewish. Its like, “you’re never getting this back”.
DRS-(Laughing) Alright guys back on track. Your previous two albums, Balls, Sacks and Bass and your Gloryhole sampler have a very good dub and punk vibe to them. Where do you guys see your sound moving towards in the future?
SHR-(Dana) Considering the last two albums we recorded stoned and drunk entirely, we think we might add in some tweak on the next one and get really fucking metal on this shit! (Laughs) I’m kidding. (Byrd) I think this summer is going to push us all. We are all working out different game plans as far as the dub side of it. Other than that we will be coming up with good material over the summer and marinate and have a good album and hopefully have something ready by the winter time.
DRS-By the way, there is a great metal band from Colorado playing tonight at the Marquis Theatre.
SHR-Big ups to Come Forth By Day!
DRS-Does all four of you guys contribute to writing your music?
SHR-(Byrd) A lot of our bread and butter is our live sound. Our adlib stuff you know, and a lot of our song writing comes from that. A lot of times Dana will have a bass line and we will be in the room and write a song around his bass line. Sometimes I’ll be in the room and have a hook in my head and we will all write a song around that. Wyatt will sit down and write a lot of songs you know. He will bring his ideas to us and we all just jam you know. (Dana) Basically what we do is drink some brews, get high as fuck and write songs and that’s just the way it is.
DRS-Ha ha. Big ups to lady Mary Jane. We know Iration is playing right now and you guys want to go and party so we’re going to wrap this interview up with one last question. Who would you guys like to share the stage with someday as you continue on your road to success?
SHR-(Byrd) Miley Cirus is definitely on the top of the list! Um, I can’t personally speak for the band but Slightly Stoopid is obviously killing the scene right now. Fortunately we are actually playing with those guys on August 8th in Minneapolis. We actually just heard that today and that news is so good. So that is kind of an ironic question to ask. You can ask the other guys their opinion and I’m pretty sure they are going to say Slightly Stoopid and maybe Rancid. (Dana) Boys II Men dude! (Kyle) I want to go on tour with Miley Cirus first but after that, Matisyahu would be kind of cool. Kind of a different crowd you know.
DRS-What about Bobby Brown and New Edition?
SHR-(Kyle) I don’t have enough money to buy Bobby Brown all that coke!
SHR-(Dana) One last thing I want to talk about is to say that the Colorado scene is coming up hard and I really appreciate all the fans in Colorado. This is where it’s at man. We want to spread the love! That’s the dream. (Byrd) If anybody wants to come and party then call up the SlaughterHouse Rootz cause we are always fucking down 24-7 and even on Monday’s.
DRS-Thanks for your time gentlemen, we love you guys!
SHR-Party on buddy.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Interview with Iration

Interview by Chad Hillje
Editor - Kyle Hillje
Photographer - Mark Franzen

It was 70 degrees and sunny as the sun was setting in Boulder, Colorado. Reggae fans of all forms started lining up for the nights show featuring a band rooted in Hawaii and are on their first headlining tour. I was invited in and descended back stage where I met with Micah Pueschel, the lead vocalist and guitarist for Iration. Over the next fifteen minutes we discussed music and life. Enjoy! -DRS

DRS-Welcome to Colorado Micah! How are you feelin’?
M-Good man! Thanks for having us.
DRS-We know you guys are Hawaiian and Colorado and Hawaii seem to have an intimate relationship with one another. Do you guys have any ties to the Mile High City?
M- My mom’s side of the family is from Colorado and my mom actually just built a cabin out in Cortez. I’ve been coming out to Colorado since I was born actually. I was born in Hawaii and the vibe in Colorado is similar to Hawaii.
DRS-Have you guys ever been to, or played, the infamous Red Rocks in Morrison?
M-I’ve only seen it from the road, never played there, but that’s definitely a goal of ours someday to get up on that stage and rock it.
DRS-We’re sure you guys will, considering your album Time Bomb has reached #1 on the iTunes reggae album charts and the single “Time Bomb” has reached as high as #12 on the iTunes reggae single chart. That’s quite an accomplishment! How does that feel?
M-It feels really good. That was definitely the goal to hit #1 and to see what the tour has done for us in the past few months. That really shows that the work has paid off and there are people out there that want to hear our music, which is comforting and helps us sleep at night.
DRS-Since your previous two albums “No Time For Rest” and “New Roots,” what separates your third album “Time Bomb” from the previous albums?
M- Time Bomb is definitely a step above those albums. It’s kind of a new direction. We have had some changes in the band and took a new direction with it and focused a lot more on the synth and modern electronic sounds and rocked it a little more. Not really moving away from roots reggae but we really want to do something a little different every time we release. If you listen to all three albums, they are all different in their own way.
DRS-You guys are a great addition to LAW Records. How does it feel to be a part of such a great independent label among other bands like The Supervillains, Passafire and Pepper?
M-Pepper has been a huge influence to us and such great role models for us. They’re from the big island which is the same island where I grew up. We have grown up listening to their music. When we got into the music they took us under their arms and took us on our first tour and showed us the ropes and helped us skip a lot of steps of adversity that we would have gone through without them. So, it was good to sign with them. Of course we love Passafire, Supervillains and Pepper. We have toured with Passafire and Pepper before and we’re all good friends with those guys, even the Supervillains. Whenever we are in Orlando we are hanging out with Dom and Skart. They’re are good guys.
DRS-Does all six of you guys contribute to writing the songs?
M-We have done writing sessions where it was myself, Kai and Cayson with another producer and a couple of those songs are on the new album. The other songs are generally myself and Kai writing our own stuff and writing together. Then we bring the songs to the band and each band member gets to do their own thing musically to create the song. Everyone has their own part in the song and the music.
DRS-Being that you guys are from the big island, how does surfing and your Hawaiian roots influence your music?
M-Oh, huge! I mean, we all grew up by the ocean and all the guys try to surf every time we get a chance and we go back to Hawaii quite a bit and that’s just part of who we are. It’s the music that we like and the vibe we try to put out. It’s just a positive and a beachy kind of sound. But yeah, it’s a huge influence and it’s the culture that we come from so we can’t stray away from it, you know what I mean?
DRS-We know you guys are surfers, so have you tried snowboarding yet?
M-Yeah we ah…. Personally I have only skied… (laughs). I’m a dork, so whatever. I’m ok with that though! I’m secure with my dorkness. The other guys snowboard though. We went to Deer Valley in Utah and did some snowboarding there. In the off season when we are not touring we go.
DRS-You guys have come a long way since you started back in 2005. What have been some of your biggest challenges to this point?
M-Actually we have been playing back yard parties since 2003. Um… being poor (laughs). No, I mean, it’s just like any other band you know? It’s tough to go on the road and kind of cut your teeth and carve out a fan base. It is hard work in the beginning and when people find out about you, you have already done all that hard work and in most cases these bands have done all this hard work for years and years and people think they are overnight successes. We have been a band for five years, you know what I mean? I mean, that’s just what it is. The challenges are that and just trying to do something different and unique.
DRS-Awesome man. Who are your musical influences?
M-Every guy in the band has their own influences. Mine personally; I’m a Beatle maniac, like a total Beatles fan. I like everything, you know, like I listen to a lot of hip-hop, a lot of 80’s pop like Hall and Oats, stuff like that. 60’s and 70’s music you know, as long as it’s a good song and good music I’m into it. Of course roots reggae has a huge influence on us.
DRS-Who would you ultimately like to share the stage with someday?
M-We got to play with Kings of Leon and those guys are one of my favorites right now. That was amazing, but right now I’d have to say U2 (laughs). Realistically, in the next year, we have not been on tour with Slightly Stoopid yet, so we would like to get on the road with them at some point. They are doing big things and have really stepped it up a notch.
DRS- Excellent choice man! I was kind of hoping that you would say that. For my last question, everybody would like to know what you’re about and we want to know, as far as your music collection goes, if we found your iPod, and pushed play, what would we be hearing?
DRS-Don’t be scared! Were you about to say Backstreet Boys?
M-(Laughs) It might be on there if you hit random or shuffle or whatever. I bought it for my girlfriend or whatever.
DRS-Uh huh…
M-We just got to hear the new Expendables CD titled “Prove It” and you guys, it’s amazing! When it drops in early summer you guys need to get it. It’s sick! We just got off tour with those guys, they are dope.
DRS- We just want to thank you for your time Micah. We appreciate you guys coming out to Boulder. You guys are freaking awesome and we look forward to the show.
M-Thanks for supporting the show, we appreciate it.