The Bastard Suns, Spred the Dub, UNRB & General Eyes @ West End Live
April 10, 2014 · 11:00 pm -
April 11, 2014 · 6:00 am
West End Trading Co.
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The Bastard Suns
The Bastard Suns are a four-piece sonic assault vehicle. In just under 9 years, this Atlanta band has managed to release two full-length albums and five EPs, punctuated by 2009’s ultra-popular full-length Here Come the Suns, and most recently, 2011’s A Band for All Seasons. With the help of several national radio stations and sponsors like Silver Surfer Vaporizers and Sacred Custom Percussion, the band has amassed hundreds of thousands of views on YouTube, including the video for their single S.B.M.T., which has over 100,000 views alone. Their tours are completely self-funded, and have spanned the length of the U.S. over a dozen times, including countless East Coast and southern tours.
The Bastard Suns have always set themselves apart by seamlessly blending their primary influences (punk, ska, bluegrass, folk and reggae) into a live show that borders on a religious experience. What began as a small grassroots campaign is quickly turning into a full-blown national following and it seems that The Bastards are only just now hitting their creative stride. The boys are are currently finishing up material for a third full-length album. Make ready, because Here Come the Suns.
Spred The Dub
Formed in 2007, Spred The Dub has been keeping crowds dancing all over South Florida with their own brand of "Good Time Reggae" music - infusing elements of soul, funk and r&b with a foundation of rocksteady, ska and roots reggae to create sonic landscapes and massive drum & bass riddems. They have been hard at work making a name for themselves, playing stages all over the state…from local beach bars to club venues, opening for national touring acts like Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad, The Aggrolites, Passafire, The Movement and reggae legends like The Skatalites, Eek-A-Mouse, Black Uhuru and Yellowman. Their sound is sure to get people in the groove!
Originally starting out as a weekly reggae jam night at a local venue in Palm Beach, the group has slowly but surely become a mainstay in the South Florida reggae scene. In their early years as a 12-piece ensemble featuring multiple percussion players and musicians, their music was based on improvisational jams and instrumental vamps. It was this "dub" sound that became the band's musical style and eventually lead to the name Spred The Dub.
Over time this massive group of players has evolved into a smaller core unit of members.
Mick Swigert (aka Micky Vintage) has been providing the reverberated vocals and rhythmic skank that have characterized STD's sound since the earliest days of the group. Kevin "KJo" Johnson (bass/vocals) and Johnny "Fresh" Leonard (drums) are the rhythm section responsible for building the thundering riddems and funky grooves that serve as the rock solid foundation of the group's songs, and the addition of Sam Szpendyk (trombone/vocals) and Eric Cohen-Greenberg (keyboards), has brought a new dimension to the sound. Hunter Hutchings (lead guitar) brings his tasteful solos and dub effects to the group. Together these players gel into one of the freshest sounds in South Florida reggae. Their set list includes a host of well-crafted original songs which range from upbeat rocksteady rhythms to thick, soul-moving roots jams. These songs coupled with their unique renditions of modern classics and rejuvenated reggae standards, help to create the "Good Time Reggae" vibes.
With several major projects in the works, the future for Spred The Dub looks very bright. Their weekly shows on Monday nights have turned Clematis St. into a hotspot for reggae music in West Palm Beach and their live show schedule has them bouncing all over the tri-county area with scattered excursions to Northern FL and the Gulf Coast. 4/20 2012 saw the release of their first full length album of original material and they are featured on the "Reggae Wave" compilation CD along with the best reggae bands in South FL, powered by reggae legends "Inner Circle".
This is the next chapter of Spred the Dub’s legacy, and with the new tunes, dubbed out covers, and hand-picked venues, you are sure to see why there will be plenty more "Good Times" to come.
UNRB is a 7-piece band from St. Petersburg, FL. The band contains very unorthodox instrumentation, using an electric ukulele instead of a guitar and featuring a powerful 4-piece horn section that routinely switches instruments between songs. Their music touches almost every genre including ska, rock, funk, blues, jazz, reggae, polka, even some classical… nothing is off limits. Their live shows are extremely high-energy and often include brief humorous banter in between songs. With this combination of explosive sound and electrifying stage presence, UNRB quickly established itself in the Tampa Bay area and built a loyal fan base.
In the summer of 2011 they embarked on a statewide tour, recorded a self-titled EP (available on iTunes and CD Baby). 2012 included performances at Busch Gardens, Beach Bash (largest one day concert on the beach in the South), the House of Blues, and NASCAR at Homestead.
UNRB has received some recognition for their talent, winning the grand prize at the 2011 Pigfest Regional Battle of the Bands in Tallahassee and winning the 2011 Songwriter's Showcases of America "Most Unique Style" Award at the 11th Annual DeLand Original Music Festival.
For 2013, UNRB was featured on the cover of Tampa Bay's Mayhem Magazine, Feb. issue and appeared at Sunfest in direct support for Less than Jake and Reel Big Fish. UNRB's 13 track album, "Inform the Masses" was released on June 7th, to a packed venue at State Theatre in Downtown St. Pete.
General Eyes is a three-piece band based out of Cocoa Beach, FL. With powerfully bright vocals on top of a tight blend of feel-good reggae, skankin' ska, and a touch of punk, every crowd is pleased by their performance. It was founded in 2012 when well-traveled musicians Mike Burns (Guitar/Vox/Trumpet) & Dustin Foster (Drums) crossed paths and started playing music. They played and wrote for a year and in 2013, Evan Bernard (Bass) joined the group. In just one year as a band, General Eyes has grown exponentially. They have played all across the state; beach shows to larger venues such as their Opening slot for The Original Wailers, April 3rd 2014. Other notable mentions include winnind 2nd place in the 48-Band 2013 Evermore Sound Battle of the Bands, winning $3,000 towards studio time. They have one album you can find on ITunes called "General Eyes E.P," and are currently in the studio working on a full-length album. General Eyes is an ego-free, all around crowd-pleasing band that retains the ideal of why music should be played; the love of it.