Reggae-influenced alternative rock band IRATION is hitting the road this summer with their friends SlightlyStoopid as the main support on the “Sounds of Summer 2017” tour. The two month cross-country outing—also featuring J Boog and The Movement—will be stopping locally in NEW JERSEY on FRIDAY, JUNE 30 at the STONY PONY. Tickets are on sale now; go to www.irationmusic.com for more information and ticketing details.
“We are very excited to announce that we will be joining our brothers from Slightly Stoopid, J Boog and The Movement this summer on the Sounds of Summer 2017 Tour,” shares IRATION. “We have toured with The Movement before but this is our FIRST TOUR! with both Stoopid and Boog, which makes it very special. Plus, we love the Hot Rain band, so vibes are soaring at the moment. We look forward to seeing you this summer!
IRATION released their all-acoustic album DOUBLE UP digitally December 2, 2016 via their own Three Prong Records. The 10-track album features a mix of the band’s hits from their previous releases, including “Reelin” off their most recent full-length Hotting Up (2015); “One Way Track” and “Back Around” from 2013’s Automatic; “Summer Nights” from their Fresh Grounds EP (2011); and “Time Bomb” and “Falling” off 2010’s Time Bomb. Both Hotting Up and Automatic peaked at #1 on Billboard’s Reggae Albums Chart with Time Bomb reaching #2 on the chart. IRATION is currently in the studio working on new music.
Stream/download Double Up on the following platforms: iTunes, Spotify, SoundCloud, Google Play,Amazon Music and YouTube.
The Hawaiian-bred, Santa Barbara-based group--Micah Pueschel (lead vocals/guitar), Adam Taylor (bass), Joseph Dickens (drums), Cayson Peterson (keyboard/synth) and Micah Brown (guitar/vocals)—wrapped their January-February headlining “Lost & Found Winter Tour” at the One Love Cali Reggae Festival at the Queen Mary in Long Beach, CA and recently supported the Zac Brown Band at the Jackson Hole Rendezvous in Jackson Hole, WY on March 18. Prior to launching their massive summer trek, IRATION will return to the California Roots Music and Arts Festival in Monterey, CA as a headliner on Saturday, May 27.
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Reggae-influenced alternative rock band IRATION will hit the road this summer with their friends Slightly Stoopid as the main support on the “Sounds of Summer 2017” tour. The two month cross-country outing–also featuring J Boog and The Movement–commences Thursday, June 8 in Glen Allen, VA with stops in Philadelphia, Boston, Brooklyn, Berkeley, Santa Barbara, Dallas, Houston, and Morrison, CO, among many other cities, before wrapping August 26. Tickets go on sale this week starting with artist and local presales running from Friday, March 3 through Thursday, March 9 with tickets available to the public beginning Friday, March 10 at 10am local time. Look for more dates on the tour to be announced soon.
“We are very excited to announce that we will be joining our brothers from Slightly Stoopid, J Boog and The Movement this summer on the Sounds of Summer 2017 Tour,” shares IRATION. “We have toured with The Movement before but this is our FIRST TOUR! with both Stoopid and Boog, which makes it very special. Plus, we love the Hot Rain band, so vibes are soaring at the moment. We look forward to seeing you this summer!”
This past week saw an amazing lineup for reggae music at Webster Hall. Iration was touring for their new album Hotting Up and brought along Hirie, The Expanders and DJ Amp Live. This line up made for a solid night of reggae. With different sounds coming from each band, a true treat was in store for the fans in attendance.
DJ Amp Live kicked off the night with some great reggae mashups. Putting unique tracks together over reggae riddims. In addition to the DJ kick off, Selena Zontos, from Skavenge Art was in attendance. Through the entire performance she painted a beautiful piece of a lotus flower and sun. It is always nice to see artists bring together multiple forms of art and music in one space for everyone to enjoy and share.
Before their show this week we got an opportunity to sit down with headliner Iration and speak with Micah Pueschel (guitarist and lead vocals) about musical influences, California, and the bands latest album Hotting Up. You can catch them this Friday, April 8th at Webster Hall in New York.
Reggae In NYC (RN)
"We were there from the very beginning."
(RN): Being originally from San Francisco, I see you guys repping SF gear all the time. I know that you got to perform at a Giants home game last summer how was that?
(IR): Yes we have played at AT&T park twice, acoustic and then we did Levi’s this past year. It was awesome. I am a Niners and a Giants fan so for me it was just one of those great moments in my life. Surreal moments where you set foot on a field or get to work with a franchise that you grew up loving, something that you care about. I’m a huge football fan, huge sports fan in general, so it was really cool. It was surreal, being on the field and stuff like that. But we have a lot of friends in San Francisco, that we have known for a long time, so we spend a lot of time out there.
(RN): If you are a big Forty-Niners and Giants fan, was there a part of you that wishes it could have been at Candlestick?
(IR): Yeah, you know, The Stick, it had the heir of a little bit more of a fortress then Levi’s does. Levi’s, I don’t think it’s had the time yet to develop that home field advantage. Candlestick was so cold and windy, so packed in. It went up so vertically, when teams came to play there it was intimidating.
(RN): What is it about Hawaii that breeds reggae? So much of the Cali scene started there or has ties there?
(IR): The Green is all from Hawaii, we are all from Hawaii. I think it’s just growing up with the mishmash of taking famous songs and turning them into reggae type songs. That’s what Jawiian really was. It wasn't even as much making originally, as it was initially taking classic songs, giving them a reggae flare. Playing them with a ukulele, changing them in that way and giving them a little island flare.
That’s just the music we grew up with. Hearing it on the radio along side reggae, which is pretty much the biggest genre of music in Hawaii. I just remember growing up with UB40 and Alpha Blondy and Bob (Marley), obviously, and Ziggy (Marley). In the 80’s Ziggy was hitting his big stride, it just became second nature, you hear it on the radio and in your daily life. It’s what everyone listens to so it becomes ingrained in your psyche and ingrained in your musical taste.