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November 11, 2013PASSAFIRE'S VINES OUT NOW!
"Passafire's VINES - the band's fifth studio album and first on Easy Star Records - is out now, as of 11/11/13! The record, produced by the band and mixed by Butthole Surfer Paul Leary (Slightly Stoopid, Pepper, Sublime), features 13 amazing new songs that showcase the band's signature reggae/rock sound. Some early quotes:
"Passafire is on fire with this catchy release." - Inside World Music
"This is Passafire's best album." - Angelica Music
"Vines pulls together progressive and alternative rock, along with hints of reggae in a way that is unrivaled by anyone in music." - The Pier Magazine
Order the record here and help the band hit #1 on Billboard's reggae chart in week one:
The record is also available in physical format at many brick and mortar stores, check with your local record store and ask for it. " More info »
October 02, 2013PRE-ORDER PASSAFIRE'S VINES
"You can now pre-order VINES, the fifth studio album (and first on Easy Star) by Passafire. Pre-order the digital version via Easy Star Store and you can add in a brand new tee shirt (for men or women). All physical pre-orders will get a full album download on the day of release, Nov 11. Plus, you can get a 25% discount on the whole order through Oct 7. " More info »
September 25, 2013JBB REVEALS FALL TOUR PLANS
"After an incredible tour through the Midwest, Colorado and New Mexico, John Brown’s Body has returned home to prepare for October dates with Groundation. They'll hit Philly, Baltimore, and New York on October 3rd, 4th, and 5th respectively, culminating at the inaugural By The Rivers Of Babylon NYC Reggae Festival, where JBB and Groundation will be joined by Kiwi and New Kingston to take over The Watermark on Pier 15! Following that run, JBB returns to their old stomping grounds in upstate New York for shows at The Westcott Theater in Syracuse and The Haunt in Ithaca.
John Brown’s Body also announced a new leg of their Fall Tour in sunny California! This time around they are joined by Stick Figure as they travel south along the Pacific Coast Highway from The Independent in San Francisco to The Griffin in San Diego. Tickets go on sale this week. For more information, check out the JBB tour dates page. " More info »
August 29, 2013HAWAI'I '13 DEBUTS ON THE BILLBOARD CHARTS
"Hawaii’s breakout band The Green has debuted at #1 on The Billboard Reggae and iTunes Reggae charts with the release of their third studio album Hawai‘i '13, and impressively landed at #77 on The Billboard Top 200 Chart. The critically-acclaimed album has also debuted on other Billboard charts including #13 on the Top Pacific Chart, #25 Top Indie Chart, and #40 on the Top 200 Digital albums, amongst others.
“With its #1 debut on the reggae charts, Hawai‘i '13 continues to prove that The Green is one of the top reggae acts today. But debuting at #77 on The Billboard Top 200 chart and seeing big sales spikes in new territories also demonstrates that the band’s aggressive touring and infectious music is winning over new fans and taking things to another level,” says Easy Star Records co-founder Eric Smith.
The band is about to embark on another extensive 25-Date US tour with Schwayze and Kimie supporting. Critical praise from a diverse range of media outlets has agreed that this is the band’s strongest album yet. " More info »
August 13, 2013EASY STAR WELCOMES PASSAFIRE TO THE FAMILY
"Easy Star is very excited to add another great band to its growing roster: Savannah, Georgia’s Passafire is the latest addition to the family.
Passafire will release its fifth studio album, VINES, on November 12. The record is currently being mixed by Paul Leary (Sublime, Pepper, U2. Slightly Stoopid) who also worked with the band on their last album.
“Passafire continues to stretch Easy Star’s sound and style,” says Lem Oppenheimer, co-founder of the label. “They bring a harder rock edge while still grounding their music in a progressive reggae base. They fit the mold of all of our artists: dedicated, hard working, touring their butts off, and never settling for what people expect of them.”
For their part, the band is excited to join the venerable label. Ted Bowne, lead singer/guitarist, says that they used to drive for hours to see bands like John Brown’s Body and Easy Star All-Stars, and that Easy Star always represented the finest bands and music in the genre. “We always pushed ourselves harder, seeing what Easy Star and the bands on the label were doing.”
Passafire has built a strong and growing following since forming in 2003 through the release of acclaimed albums and relentless touring. They have hit the road with 311, Rebelution, Pepper, The Expendables, Vans Warped Tour, The Wailers, The Green, John Brown's Body, and of course, Easy Star All-Stars.
Now that they have teamed up together, Passafire and Easy Star Records are ready to take things to the next level. " More info »
August 24, 2015 officialGENTLEMAN'S DUB CLUB
SIGNS TO EASY STAR RECORDS
Gentleman’s Dub Club, the beloved UK reggae act that plays to packed venues and festivals in their … More »
August 12, 2015 officialNEW KINGSTON ANNOUNCES
"THE PROTECT ME TOUR"
BROOKLYN-BASED REGGAE BAND TO EMBARK ON FALL TOUR PROMOTING NEW SINGLE & VIDEO “PROTECT ME” FROM TH… More »
July 13, 2015BACKBEAT SOUNDSYSTEM
& PASSAFIRE TO TOUR UK
Two Easy Star bands are teaming up for the first time for five shows in the UK! dubbed the Reggae S… More »
June 25, 2015 officialTHE EXPANDERS DEBUT
June 18, 2015 officialTHE EXPANDERS' NEW
April 28, 2015GIANT PANDA GUERILLA …
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