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|Origin||Isla Vista, California, United States|
|Genres||Reggae, Cali-Reggae, Roots|
|Labels||87 Music, Controlled Substance Sound Labs, Hill Kid, Raise Up Music|
Marley D. Williams
Khris Royal (tour member)
|Past members||Matt Velasquez|
Rebelution is a band from Santa Barbara, California. Founding band members Eric Rachmany of San Francisco (vocals/guitar), Matt Velasquez (vocals/guitar, former), Rory Carey (keyboard) Wesley Finley of Prunedale (drums), and Marley D Williams of Point Arena (bass) met in college while residing in Isla Vista, a beach-side community in Santa Barbara.
Throughout 2004-2005, Rebelution began to build momentum through consistently playing local shows and by independently releasing an EP.
Rebelution released their first full-length album “Courage to Grow” in June 2007, which would become the breakthrough album for the band. The album was praised for its crafty melodies, socially-conscious lyrics, and savvy musicianship. “Courage to Grow” went on to garner mass downloads and radio play on stations such as San Francisco’s Live 105 where their single “Safe and Sound” was played on heavy rotation, with spins on San Diego’s 91X and Los Angeles’s KROQ. The album was selected as iTunes Editor’s Choice for Best Reggae Album of 2007. In addition, “Courage to Grow” peaked at No. 4 on the Billboard Top Reggae Albums chart.
Two years after their first album, Rebelution released their sophomore full-length album “Bright Side of Life.” On August 4, 2009 “Bright Side of Life” was officially released and dominated the iTunes charts, solidifying the 1 spot on iTunes in the reggae music genre, and the #3 spot for top albums downloaded in the United States in all genres of music. The album reached No. 1 on the Billboard Top Reggae Albums chart and #34 on Billboard's top 200.
The release of “Bright Side of Life” marks the first release under Rebelution’s newly founded record label "87 Music" (named after their address while attending college at UCSB: 6587 Del Playa Drive), in association with Controlled Substance Sound Labs, the California based music collective.
The band also played at the Rothbury Music Festival, in the summer of 2009.
The band performed at the 2010 Harmony Festival in Santa Rosa, California along with other well-known acts such as The Expendables (American band), Slightly Stoopid and Lauryn Hill. They also performed at All Good Music Festival, Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits and Wakarusa music festivals in 2010.
On January 10, 2012, Rebelution released their 3rd studio album, "Peace Of Mind", through their own label 87 Music. The label, in partnership with Controlled Substance Sound Labs, simultaneously released two additional versions of the entire record as a multi-length triple album. "Peace of Mind: Acoustic" features all twelve original album tracks stripped down acoustic as well as Peace of Mind: Dub remixed by Easy Star’s Michael Goldwasser (Dub Side of The Moon, Radiodread, Easy Star’s Lonely Hearts Dub Band). The album debuted at #13 on the Billboard top 200 charts, #1 Independent and #1 Reggae selling 16,000 copies its first week, despite giving away half the album free to their fans over the 6 weeks prior to release.
- Eric Rachmany - Guitars, vocals
- Marley D. Williams - Bass
- Rory Carey - Keyboards
- Wesley Finley - Drums
- Khris Royal - Sax, percussion (touring member)
- Matt Velasquez - Guitars, vocals
- Rebelution (2006)