While the US reggae scene has only recently boomed with new bands expanding the boundaries of the genre, the UK has long had a tradition of home grown reggae acts. Easy Star Records proudly released the first full-length record by Backbeat Soundsystem, one of the bright lights of the latest UK reggae wave. Together Not Apart showcases the unique sounds of this up-tempo funky reggae 8-piece. Produced by the band’s singer and main songwriter, Dean Forrest, the record features 12 songs that demonstrate a sound somewhere between Steel Pulse and SOJA, with equal parts political, social, and romantic lyrics.
Release Date: November 11th, 2013
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