By Brian Winters
On the verge of releasing their upcoming album Longshot, Georgia-based reggae rock quartet Passafire sat down with us to chat just before jumping on stage at Manhattan's Gramercy Theatre. Longshot, Passafire's 6th studio album, will be available on May 12th, 2017 via legendary New York label Easy Star Records.
Passafire is currently on a co-headlining tour with Ballyhoo!, and receiving support from Bumpin' Uglies. During their stop in NYC on April 8th, Passafire rocked the crowd with a scattering of classics such as “Dimming Sky,” “Kilo,” “Start From Scratch,” and “Ghost Man,” as well as singles off the new record “Longshot” and “Blow.” The packed Gramercy Theatre crowd was also treated to the debut live performance of “Find My Way,” an absolute rocker.
The group was formed back in 2003 at Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, GA. Nearly a decade and a half later, Passafire has earned a dedicated fanbase and recognition as one of the biggest names in reggae rock. Easy Star Records added Passafire to their elite roster of artists in 2013, just prior to the release of the band's last full album Vines. Passafire is formed by Ted Bowne (lead vocals/guitar), Mike DeGuzman (keys/guitar), and brothers Will Kubley (bass/vocals) and Nick Kubley (drums).
The entire Passafire crew and Easy Star Records CEO Eric Smith took time before their performance to discuss a whole host of topics, including their anticipated new album Longshot, their experience touring Europe, and the special relationship between Passafire and Easy Star Records. Check it out below.
The Expendables came through New York’s Highline Ballroom this past weekend on their 2016 Spring Blackout Tour. Opening acts included Pasafire, Roots of Creation and Tunnel Vision. Reggae In NYC had a front row seat for all the action of this amazing show.
Tunnel Vision a new surf reggae band from San Diego is just starting out and this was a major tour for them to be included in after the release of their self-titled debut album. Highline Ballroom often has a curfew for shows on a Saturday as they try to open as a bar. With so many acts on the bill Tunnel Vision had to start early. They hit the stage promptly at 6:15 PM. With such an early start in NYC there was not much of a crowd, which I thought would affect the band, after just playing to a packed how at the Stone Pony the night before. However I was incorrect, as one member of the band said, “whether it’s two or two thousand, its great to play.” They hit the stage with gusto and performed a series of tracks from their debut album. Saxophonist Andrew Riordan from Roots of Creation also joined them on stage for a few songs. The dueling saxophones were great to see. While this band is just starting out, they offer a unique sound. They have a great future ahead of them in reggae music.