Iration

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Iration
Iration performing in Eugene, Oregon on February 21, 2016.
Iration performing in Eugene, Oregon on February 21, 2016.
Background information
OriginSanta Barbara, California, United States
GenresReggae, dub, reggae rock, pop[1]
Years active2004–present
Labels3 Prong
Associated actsPepper
Rebelution
Slightly Stoopid
Stick Figure
Tribal Seeds
Websitehttp://irationmusic.com
MembersMicah Pueschel
Adam Taylor
Joseph Dickens
Cayson Peterson
Micah Brown
Drake Peterson
Past membersKai Rediske
Joseph King
Catlin Peterson
Jason Petruso

Iration is a reggae/pop group from Santa Barbara, California. All members originally hail from Hawaii. They play a mix of reggae, dub, pop and rock. The group is one of the leading bands in the genre of sunshine reggae.[2]

History[edit]

Formation and New Roots EP (2006)[edit]

Iration began in Isla Vista, an unincorporated community connected to UC Santa Barbara, playing reggae covers in college towns such as Cal Poly SLO, Chico State, and UC Davis. They recorded an EP, New Roots, in 2006, and built a reputation for their live performance, according to the Santa Barbara Independent: "There's something to be said for any band that can capture the undivided attention of a crowd full of drunken Isla Vistans, especially when there are kegs to be tapped and cops to avoid. But roots reggae rockers Iration manage to 'do it' on a regular basis."[3]

No Time To Rest album (2007)[edit]

In 2007, they recorded and released their first full-length album, No Time for Rest, which topped the Billboard Reggae Albums Chart,[4] and a single, "Cookie Jar", reached number one in Hawaii on 93.9 DaBeat and was featured on Fuel TV’s Triple Crown of Surfing recap.[citation needed]

Sample This EP (2008)[edit]

In 2008, Iration embarked on their first national tour, opening for Pepper.

On October 3, 2008, Iration released their second EP, Sample This, which debuted as the #3 top-selling reggae album world-wide on iTunes.[citation needed]

Time Bomb (2010) and Fresh Grounds EP (2011)[edit]

They released their second album, Time Bomb, in March 2010, which also topped the Billboard Reggae Albums Chart and sold over 36,000 copies.[4]

In the week of February 19, 2011, Iration's third EP, Fresh Grounds hit #147 on the "Billboard" magazine's Albums list.[5] They were featured as #1 on the magazine's Heatseekers albums list for the week of February 19, 2011[6]

Lead singer Micah Pueschel performing in Eugene, Oregon on February 21, 2016

Automatic and Touring (2013)[edit]

In early 2013, after extensive U.S. touring Iration announced they had finished recording a new full length album titled Automatic The album was released in July 2013, sold more than 8,000 copies in its first week of release, and topped the Billboard Reggae Albums Chart.[4] Cage The Elephant guitarist Lincoln Parish is featured on numerous songs, as well as helping produce the upcoming album.

Kai's departure and Hotting Up (2013–2015)[edit]

On April 5, 2013, Iration announced that vocalist Kai Rediske had quit the band, leaving Micah Pueschel as the only vocalist/guitarist left in the group. While Iration's official announcement of this via their own website stated Kai left to "pursue other interests", many fans have speculated that the departure was the result of tension within the group due to having two lead vocalists. People that have knowledge of the group dynamic have also stated that Kai's upcoming marriage, and unwillingness to be a part of extensive future touring as a result also played a factor.

On April 8, 2013, ThePier.org reported Iration has maintained that the upcoming Automatic album and all future shows would not be affected by Kai's departure.

The band's fourth album, Hotting Up was released in August 2015, just as the first three albums had, topped the Billboard Reggae Albums chart.[7]

Double Up acoustic album (2016)[edit]

On December 2, 2016, Iration released Double Up, an acoustic album. It featured songs from the band's entire catalog of music. They "stripped them back and gave them an alternate life. We thought about a wave doubling up and the fact that it's another version of the same entity." The album reached #2 on the Billboard Reggae Albums chart.

Coastin' (2020)[edit]

On March 09, 2020, the band announced their seventh studio album, titled Coastin', alongside a promotional tour in the "Coastin' Summer Tour", set to feature roots reggae artist Tribal Seeds.[8] Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, however, they were forced to postpone the tour. The album featured tracks with Common Kings, Eli Mac, Eric Rachmany of Rebelution and Stick Figure.

On March 13, 2021, Iration announced a dub version of Coastin' on their Facebook page. The 7-song EP features dub remixes of Coastin' tracks and will be out on vinyl all digital platforms on May 7, 2021.

On May 22, 2021, Iration was one of many selected reggae bands featured on Collie Buddz second riddim album, Cali Roots Riddim 2021 with their single, "Be Alright".

Awards and honors[edit]

On July 29, 2021, Iration announced on their social media platforms that their 2010 song "Time Bomb" is officially RIAA Gold certified. To celebrate this milestone, they launched a new merch collection and partnered with Sweet.io to bring you the band's first official NFT.[9]

Lineup[edit]

Current members[edit]

  • Micah Pueschel ("The Rainbow Road Warrior")[10] – lead vocals, guitar (2004–present)
  • Adam Taylor – bass (2004–present)
  • Cayson Peterson – keyboards/synthesizer (2004–present)
  • Joseph Dickens ("The D") – drums (2004–present)
  • Micah Brown – lead guitar, vocals (2014–present)
  • Drake Peterson – percussion, trumpet (2017–present)

Former members[edit]

  • Kai Rediske – vocals, percussion (2004–2013)
  • Catlin Peterson – vocals, guitar
  • Joseph King – dub controls, live sound

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions Sales
US
[11]
US Reggae
[12]
US Indie
[13]
No Time for Rest
  • Release date: June 19, 2007
  • Label: Self-release
  • Formats: CD, Digital
1
Time Bomb
  • Release date: March 9, 2010
  • Label: LAW
  • Formats: CD, LP, Digital
1
Automatic
  • Release date: July 2, 2013
  • Label: 3 Prong
  • Formats: CD, LP, Digital
75 1 16
Hotting Up
  • Release date: August 28, 2015
  • Label: 3 Prong
  • Formats: CD, LP, Digital
79 1 5
Double Up (Acoustic)
  • Release date: December 2, 2016
  • Label: 3 Prong
  • Formats: CD, Digital
2
Iration
  • Release date: May 18, 2018
  • Label: 3 Prong
  • Formats: CD, LP, Digital
199 2 14
Coastin'
  • Release date: July 10, 2020
  • Label: 3 Prong
  • Formats: CD, LP, Digital
1 2
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

EPs[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions
US
[11]
US Reggae
[12]
New Roots
  • Release date: July 12, 2006
  • Label: New Roots
  • Formats: CD, Digital
Sample This
  • Release date: October 3, 2008
  • Label: Michael Harlan
  • Formats: Digital
Fresh Grounds
  • Release date: February 1, 2011
  • Label: 3 Prong
  • Formats: Digital
147 3
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Singles[edit]

Title Release Date Album
"Meditation" June 23, 2005 New Roots EP
"Fire" June 23, 2005 New Roots EP
"All Night" November 30, 2006 No Time To Rest
"Generation Time" (feat. Mikey Dread) November 30, 2006 No Time To Rest
"Downtown" November 30, 2006 No Time To Rest
"Get Up" November 30, 2006 No Time To Rest
"Cookie Jar" November 30, 2006 No Time To Rest
"I'm With You" October 3, 2008 Sample This EP
"Electricity" October 3, 2008 Sample This EP
"Falling" October 3, 2008 Sample This EP
"Wait and See" October 3, 2008 Sample This EP
"Time Bomb" March 9, 2010 Time Bomb
"Turn Around" March 9, 2010 Time Bomb
"Let Me Inside" March 9, 2010 Time Bomb
"Dream" March 9, 2010 Time Bomb
"You Don't Know" (feat. Tunji) March 9, 20l0 Time Bomb
"Summer Nights" August 17, 2010 Fresh Grounds EP
"No Letter" February 1, 2011 Fresh Grounds EP
"Work It Out" February 1, 2011 Fresh Grounds EP
"No Time" February 14, 2012 #Allaboutluv.
"Undertow" February 14, 2012 #Allaboutluv.
"Porcupine" (feat. Lincoln Parish) September 11, 2012[15] (Single)
"Back Around" July 2, 2013 Automatic
"One Way Track" July 2, 2013 Automatic
"Automatic" July 2, 2013 Automatic
"This Old Song" July 2, 2013 Automatic
"Mr. Operator" July 2, 2013 Automatic
"Milk and Honey" (feat. Lincoln Parish) July 2, 2013 Automatic
"Show Me" June 24, 2014[16] Hotting Up
"Reelin" April 27, 2015 Hotting Up
"Lost and Found" August 28, 2015 Hotting Up
"Hotting Up" August 28, 2015 Hotting Up
"You Know You Don't Mind" August 28, 2015 Hotting Up
"Summer Nights" (Acoustic) December 6, 2016 Double Up
"Home" (Acoustic) December 6, 2016 Double Up
"Fly With Me" May 19, 2017 Iration
"Borderlines" August 11, 2017 Iration
"Hit List" January 19, 2018 Iration
"Danger" (feat. J Boog and Tyrone's Jacket) March 30, 2018 Iration
"Already Gold" May 18, 2018 Iration
"Broken Promises"(feat. Slightly Stoopid) May 18, 2018 Iration
"Press Play" May 18, 2018 Iration
"All For You" May 18, 2018 Iration
"Warm Waters" May 18, 2018 Iration
"Borderlines" May 18, 2018 Iration
"Energy" May 18, 2018 Iration
"Stay The Course" May 18, 2018 Iration
"Chill Out" June 28, 2019 Coastin'
"Right Here, Right Now" (feat. Eric Rachmany and Stick Figure) June 11, 2020 Coastin'
"Move Forward" June 17, 2020 Coastin'
"Coastin'" June 26, 2020 Coastin'
"Guava Lane" (feat. Eli Mac) July 10, 2020 Coastin'
"Zen Island" July 10, 2020 Coastin'
"If You Only Knew" (feat. Common Kings) July 10, 2020 Coastin'
"Learn From Me" July 10, 2020 Coastin'
"Contact High" July 10, 2020 Coastin'
"Daylight Saving" July 10, 2020 Coastin'
"DJs" (Sublime cover) January 15, 2021 The House That Bradley Built (Single)
"Zen Island" (Stoney Eye Studios Dub Remix) March 12, 2021 Coastin' Dub (Single)
"Right Here Right Now" (feat. Eric Rachmany & Stick Figure) (Scientist Dub Remix I) April 19, 2021 Coastin' Dub (Single)
"Be Alright" May 22, 2021 Cali Roots Riddim 2021 (Single)

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Locals Only Music Issue, Version 2.0". Locals Only. Retrieved 2008-09-18.
  3. ^ "Featured Bands Local Issue 2007". Featured Bands. Retrieved 2007-09-27.
  4. ^ a b c Jackson, Kevin (2013) "Iration on Automatic", Jamaica Observer, July 26, 2013. Retrieved August 10, 2013,
  5. ^ "Iration - Chart history | Billboard". www.billboard.com. Retrieved 2016-09-27.
  6. ^ "Heatseekers Albums: Up and Coming Musicians Chart | Billboard". Billboard. Retrieved 2016-09-27.
  7. ^ Jackson, Kevin (2015) "Iration ‘hot’ on Billboard", Jamaica Observer, September 11, 2015. Retrieved September 18, 2015
  8. ^ "Coastin' 2020: New Album and Summer Tour", March 9, 2020. Retrieved July 12, 2020
  9. ^ https://store.irationmusic.com/collections/time-bomb-merch/products/time-bomb-certified-gold-nft-uncommon
  10. ^ Stephens, Erin. "Iration returns to Vinyl Music Hall". Pensacola News Journal. Retrieved 12 July 2020.
  11. ^ a b "Iration – Billboard 200". Billboard. Retrieved May 30, 2018.
  12. ^ a b "Iration – Reggae Albums". Billboard. Retrieved May 30, 2018.
  13. ^ "Iration – Independent Albums". Billboard. Retrieved May 30, 2018.
  14. ^ "Upcoming Releases". Hits Daily Double. HITS Digital Ventures. Archived from the original on September 17, 2015.
  15. ^ "Porcupine by Iration at ArtistDirect".
  16. ^ "Future Releases on Alternative Radio Stations". All Access Music Group. Archived from the original on June 20, 2014.

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