Rebelution Release "Heavy As Lead" + Announce Summer Tour Dates

Article Contributed by Press Here Publicity | Published on Saturday, May 22, 2021

One of the most successful reggae groups of the 21st century, Rebelution, have released a new single from their forthcoming seventh studio album, In The Moment, out June 18 as a joint venture between the band’s 87 Music label and NYC-based Easy Star Records. PRESS HERE to listen to the explosive “Heavy As Lead,” a collaboration with producer Flict (Wyclef Jean, Sublime with Rome), and HERE to watch the official video. “Being heavy as lead is like being grounded and prepared to take on any challenge in life,” said lead vocalist and primary songwriter Eric Rachmany. The band is also thrilled to announce that their Summer/Fall Tour is a go! After a long year without touring, Rebelution will kick off their Good Vibes Summer Tour in Fresno, California on August 5 and weave their way throughout the US until October, making stops in Las Vegas, Atlanta, Baltimore, Philadelphia, Boston, Asbury Park and more (full routing below). The band will be joined by special guests Steel Pulse, The Green, Keznamdi and DJ Mackle on select dates, and local CDC requirements will be followed. Fans can purchase tickets by visiting www.rebelutionmusic.com.

In The Moment is available for pre-order now, and the full track listing can be found below. The band has released two previous singles including “Satisfied” and “Old School Feeling.”

Recorded remotely in the midst of the pandemic, the new album is deliberate and wide-ranging, infusing the quartet’s soulful, exhilarating brand of modern reggae with addictive pop hooks, alt-rock grit, and hip-hop grooves. The performances are bold and self-assured, and the production is equally ambitious, drawing on swirling reverb and trippy delay to create an immersive sonic universe that’s both futuristic and vintage all at once. Strip away the intoxicating atmospherics, though, and what remains is a work of profound reflection, a probing, revelatory meditation that balances joy and introspection in equal measure as the band contemplates the meaning of time and how to spend what precious little we have.

With COVID safety precautions preventing the band from gathering together and capturing the album live as they had in the past, the quartet decided to record In The Moment remotely from their respective homes around Southern California. Operating with a hub and spoke model centered around touring guitarist Kyle Ahern, who took the lead producing the collection and fleshing out many of its arrangements, the group pieced together tracks one layer at a time, carefully crafting each song from the ground up with a wide variety of electronic and analog sounds. In addition to all their collaborative work, each member of the band teamed up directly with Ahern to quarterback particular tunes throughout the process, putting their personal stamp on the ever-evolving Rebelution sound.

“We all worked together with Kyle to bring our individual visions to life,” said Rachmany. “We wanted to make this the most diverse sounding record we could.” That sonic diversity also gets a boost from the album’s all-star cast of special guests, which includes Jamaican artists Kabaka Pyramid, Keznamdi, and Busy Signal, as well as American soul singer Durand Jones. Ultimately, though, the record is pure Rebelution, a powerhouse collection of songs that challenges our perceptions and pushes us to live each day to the fullest; inviting fans to sit back, slow down, and live In The Moment.

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Founded in Isla Vista, CA, the members of Rebelution (Eric Rachmany, Rory Carey, Wesley Finley and Marley D. Williams), have followed their instincts to remarkable success since the release of their breakout 2007 debut, Courage To Grow. In 2009, the band topped the Billboard Reggae Chart for the first of what would be five consecutive #1 records; in 2014, they boasted the highest-selling reggae release of the year; and in 2017, they garnered a GRAMMY nomination for Best Reggae Album. Relix hailed the group as “a leading voice in their scene,” while Billboard raved that the band “weaves hypnotic threads of alt-rock and pop, retro-funk, blues, dub, [and] even traditional Middle Eastern strains into their bubbling, one-drop reggae groove.” Rebelution’s transcendent live performances, meanwhile, have taken on legendary status, earning the group sell-out headline shows everywhere from Red Rocks to The Greek Theatre along with festival slots at Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, ACL, Glastonbury and even their own festival in Jamaica. By the time the COVID-19 pandemic brought things to a screeching halt, the band had been grinding it out on the road for more than a decade-and-a-half.

In The Moment Track Listing:

1. Satisfied

2. Old School Feeling

3. Heavy As Lead

4. To Be Younger

5. Initials

6. 2020 Vision (feat. Kabaka Pyramid)

7. All Or Nothing (feat. Busy Signal)

8. You And I

9. Adapt, Survive

10. Future Depends

11. That Zone (feat. Durand Jones)

12. Simply Captivating

13. Places Unknown (feat. Keznamdi)

14. What Life Is

15. To Be Younger (Acoustic)

Good Vibes Summer Tour 2021:

8/05 – Fresno, CA – Woodward Park Rotary Amphitheater

8/06 – Costa Mesa, CA – Pacific Amphitheatre*

8/07 – Costa Mesa, CA – Pacific Amphitheatre*

8/12 – Les Schwab Amphitheater – Bend, OR

8/13 – Berkeley, CA – The Greek Theatre at UC Berkeley

8/14 – Chula Vista, CA – North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre

8/15 – Avila Beach, CA – Avila Beach Resort

8/18 – Phoenix, AZ – Arizona Federal Theatre

8/19 – Flagstaff, AZ – Pepsi Amphitheater

8/21 – Morrison, CO – Red Rocks Amphitheatre

8/22 – Morrison, CO – Red Rocks Amphitheatre

8/25 – Spokane, WA – Spokane Pavilion

8/26 – Bonner, MT – KettleHouse Amphitheater

8/27 – Redmond, WA – Marymoor Amphitheater

8/28 – Eugene, OR – Cuthbert Amphitheater

9/02 – Salt Lake City, UT – Sandy Promenade

9/03 – Las Vegas, NV – The Beach at Mandalay Bay Hotel+

9/04 – Las Vegas, NV – The Beach at Mandalay Bay Hotel+

9/10 – Irving, TX – The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory

9/11 – Houston, TX – Bayou Music Center

9/15 – Atlanta, GA – Coca-Cola Roxy

9/16 – St. Augustine, FL – St. Augustine Amphitheatre

9/17 – St. Petersburg, FL – Vinoy Park

9/18 – Boca Raton, FL – Sunset Cove Amphitheater

9/19 – Key West, FL – Coffee Butler Amphitheater

9/22 – Asheville, NC – Salvage Station

9/23 – Baltimore, MD – MECU Pavilion

9/24 – Philadelphia, PA – Skyline Stage at the Mann

9/25 – Boston, MA – Leader Bank Pavilion

9/26 – Asbury Park, NJ – Stone Pony Summer Stage

9/30 – Cary, NC – Koka Booth Amphitheatre

10/01 – Charlotte, NC – Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre

10/02 – Virginia Beach, VA – Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater

*No Keznamdi

+No Steel Pulse