Long Beach Dub All Stars "LBDAS"
Eric Wilson and Bud Gaugh met as children and later started Sublime with Bradley Nowell. The Long Beach Dub Allstars (LBDAS for short) were founded after Nowell died in 1996 of a heroin overdose (frequent contributors to Sublime including Michael "Miguel" Happoldt, Todd Forman, and "Field" Marshall Goodman are also members of the band). The band has reunited, is back and sounds as good as ever. The major difference is t ere's not much punk and a lot more reggae. The have a new album that is self-entitled as "LBDAS." In fact, the album starts with it's best tune in 'Tell Me.' "Tell Me' where you get your loving from' LBDAS says we 'get it from the beer, rum.' So you see the punk rock lyrics are there and it's a catchy with great horns, too. LBDAS has not told you in a while 'I love you, I love you, I do and I need you, I need you' and the skies should always be blue......' from The 'Owens Brothers.' They have been playing reggae music since they were a 'Youth' and it's the ghetto streets where the music comes from. "Easy' goes and it goes non stop, rise to the occasion and we're gonna rock.' This song also features Tippa Lee. 'Struggling to pay attention? Well this album will grab your ears. Many think we "All Gone Crazy' in this case it's just over one girl. This album will take 'everyone, child and woman' to place to 'come together' in 'Higher Rank.' This track has a bit of a dubby feel. Their ska sound returns on 'Breakfast Toast' so we say 'have another shot you're making history,' or did LBDAS say that? It was all a 'Dream,' got the boy on the run' with a good guitar solo. The next song talks about a couple that ends up on the 'Roof & Floor.' Now that sounds like a fun night. Everyone's trying to 'Make A Name' and LBDAS has one that they are trying to maintain that legacy they have created. They will by doing what they do. The album overall is softer than earlier material and catchy. The horns on this album kill it. Helping make every song on the album at least good if not better. Did somebody fall in love or find someone while writing this album? Enjoy........
The Elovaters “Double Vision”
As one of the great new bands out the greater Boston area, a city known for it's great music & vibrant scene, The Elovaters will not only help, they will add to that legacy with their new EP "Double Vision." The band has good chemistry and is lead by the boy with the voice like butter, Jackson Wetherbee. You really see it, feel it and get to see them 'Let It All Out' live on stage. A song that also has Brett Bolinger on it from Pepper. 'Nostalgia' really brings that 'Nostalgia' feeling back and truly shows the depth and talent of Jackson. Great horns, a touch of funk & soul, this is a great tune. Our next song asks 'do you know that person with a 'Poison Cup.' It rocks a little more to get the point across and features Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad. You might want to skank to this one as well. 'Fast & Slow' has a love theme, good horns, a guitar solo and more of those great vocals, among other attributes. Noticeably, a great amount of melodic harmonies and singing that aren't even words, more like slurs of the great music from the past is what it reminds me. Nice to be reminded of those things. The Elovaters make music for classic times with sweet horns. It seems to be another case of someone in love, which is the greatest thing on Earth.