|Origin||Isla Vista, California, United States|
|Genres||Reggae rock, Dub|
Raise Up Music
Easy Star Records
|Associated acts||The Expendables|
Marley D. Williams
|Past members||Matt Velasquez|
Rebelution is a reggae rock music band formed in Isla Vista, California. The current members of Rebelution are Eric Rachmany, Rory Carey, Marley D. Williams, and Wesley Finley. Each member attended and completed school at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Formation and Courage to Grow (2004–2007)
Rebelution was formed in the college town of Isla Vista, California, in 2004. The five original band members were Eric Rachmany, Matt Velasquez, Rory Carey, Marley D. Williams, and Wesley Finley, who were all University of California, Santa Barbara students.
Throughout 2004–2005, Rebelution began to build momentum through consistently playing local shows and by independently releasing an EP. All four current members graduated from UC Santa Barbara, getting degrees in religious studies (Rachmany), anthropology (Finley), film studies (Williams), and business economics (Carey).
Rebelution released their first full-length album Courage to Grow on June 8, 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 #4 on the Billboard Top Reggae Albums chart. However, Velasquez, one of the two vocalists, left after the release of Courage to Grow because of growing tired from the rigorous touring lifestyle, and left Rebelution as a four-member band.
Bright Side of Life (2009)
Two years after their first album, Rebelution released their second full-length album Bright Side of Life. On August 4, 2009 Bright Side of Life was officially released and dominated the iTunes charts, reaching 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 also reached #1 on the Billboard Top Reggae Albums chart and #54 on Billboard's Top 200.
The band played at the 2009 Harmony Festival, and also at the Rothbury Music Festival in the Summer of 2009.
Rebelution performed at the 2010 Harmony Festival in Santa Rosa, California along with other well-known acts such as The Expendables, Slightly Stoopid and Lauryn Hill. They also performed at All Good Music Festival, Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits and Wakarusa music festivals in 2010.
Peace of Mind (2012)
On January 10, 2012, Rebelution released their third studio album, Peace Of Mind, through their own label 87 Music. 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 200 charts, #1 Independent and #1 Reggae Albums, and also the #4 iTunes album overall, selling 16,000 copies its first week, despite giving away half the album free to their fans over the six weeks prior to release.
Count Me In (2014)
The band partnered with Easy Star Records to release their fourth album Count Me In features contributions from Don Carlos and Collie Buddz on June 10, 2014. It debuted as the #14 album on the Billboard 200 albums chart and the #1 Billboard Reggae album. Following the album's release, Rebelution went on the Count Me In tour with supporting acts Iration, The Green, and Stick Figure.
In September 2014, the band performed as a headlining act at California Roots and The Carolina Sessions Festival, as well as The Reggae Rise Up Festival in Tampa, Florida, which has quickly become one of the largest and respected Reggae festivals in the country.
In December 2014, Count Me In was named as the best-selling reggae album of the year by Billboard. An acoustic version of the album was released in 2015 and again topped the Billboard Reggae chart.
Falling Into Place (2016)
On June 3, 2016, the band released their fifth studio album Falling Into Place as a joint venture with Easy Star Records. The album debuted at #1 on the Billboard Reggae chart, and remained on the chart for more than 60 weeks. It also was #32 on Billboard's Top 200.
Free Rein (2018)
On June 15, 2018, the band released their sixth studio album Free Rein which included collaborations with acclaimed Jamaican producers Don Corleon and Winta James. Free Rein, and their 2019 Vinyl Box Set both reached #1 on the Billboard Top Reggae Albums chart. Free Rein also made it to #41 on Billboard's Top 200 chart.
The Dub Collection (2020)
Instead of creating a dub version of Free Rein, Rachmany wanted to reward fans by releasing a whole new dub album. On July 17, 2020, Rebelution released The Dub Collection which was mixed by the band's current lead touring guitarist Kyle Ahern who previously won their "Jam With The Band" contest. The album features dub music versions of Rebelution's early material. It includes three "fan-favorite" songs from each of their studio albums. The album reached #8 on the Billboard Top Reggae Album charts.
In The Moment (2021)
Rebelution has announced their 7th studio album titled, In The Moment, which was released on June 18, 2021 through 87 Music and Easy Star Records. The album includes 15 tracks (with an acoustic version of one of their songs, "To Be Younger"). It will feature guest appearances by Jamaican reggae artists Keznamdi, Kabaka Pyramid, and Busy Signal, American soul singer Durand Jones, and The Indications. The album is produced and coordinated by their own touring guitarist Kyle Ahern.
In 2018, the band partnered with Lost Abby & The Hop Concept to create "Take On Anything" IPA, which is available in stores across California and online.
In addition, Rebelution teamed up with FlavRx to release all-natural cannabis oil cartridges in two strains – Sour Tsunami Sativa and Cali-O Indica, as well as a customized oil battery pen and herb vaporizer. These products are available in select dispensaries in California which carry Flavrx products, with distribution growing to other legal states shortly. The band will be donating a portion of all proceeds towards Cannabis related medical research and legalization organizations.
Awards and honors
Rebelution received their first Grammy nomination in 2017 when their album Falling Into Place was nominated for the "Best Reggae Album" award.
- Eric Rachmany – Vocals, Guitar, Songwriter (2004–present)
- Rory Carey – Keyboards (2004–present)
- Marley D. Williams – Bass (2004–present)
- Wesley Finley – Drums (2004–present)
- Zach Meyerowitz – Trumpet (2014–present)
- Kyle Ahern – Guitar (2016–present)
- Eric Hirschhorn – Saxophone (2018–present)
- Matt Velasquez – Vocals, Guitar, Songwriter (2004–2007)
Former touring members
- Khris Royal – Saxophone (2011–2014)
- Mike Eyia – Saxophone (2014–2018) *passed away in February 2018.
|Year||Album||Label||Billboard Reggae Albums Peak|
|2007||Courage to Grow||Self-produced||#4|
|2009||Bright Side of Life||Controlled Substance Sound Labs||#1|
|2012||Peace of Mind||87 Music/Red Distribution||#1|
|2014||Count Me In||Controlled Substance Sound Labs||#1|
|2016||Falling Into Place||Easy Star Records||#1|
|2018||Free Rein||Easy Star Records||#1|
|2021||In the Moment||Easy Star Records|
|2011||Remix EP||87 Music/Controlled Substance Sound Labs||#2|
|2015||Count Me In Remix EP||Controlled Substance Sound Labs||#1|
|2016||Live at Red Rocks||Easy Star Records||#1|
|2012||Peace of Mind – Dub||87 Music||—|
|2020||The Dub Collection||Easy Star Records||#8|
|2012||Peace of Mind – Acoustic||87 Music||—|
|2015||Count Me In – Acoustic||Controlled Substance Sound Labs||#1|
|"Safe and Sound"||2007||Courage to Grow|
|"Feeling Alright"||2007||Courage to Grow|
|"Attention Span"||2007||Courage to Grow|
|"Heart Like a Lion"||2007||Courage to Grow|
|"Green to Black"||2007||Courage to Grow|
|"Ordinary Girl"||2007||Courage to Grow|
|"R Way"||2007||Courage to Grow|
|"Running"||2007||Courage to Grow|
|"Night Crawler"||2007||Courage to Grow|
|"Bright Side of Life"||2009||Bright Side of Life|
|"Bump"||2009||Bright Side of Life|
|"Lazy Afternoon"||2009||Bright Side of Life|
|"More Than Ever"||2009||Bright Side of Life|
|"Suffering"||2009||Bright Side of Life|
|"Too Rude"||2009||Bright Side of Life|
|"So High" (feat. Zumbi of Zion I)||2012||Peace of Mind|
|"Sky is the Limit"||2012||Peace of Mind|
|"Closer I Get" (feat. John Popper)||2012||Peace of Mind|
|"Route Around"||2012||Peace of Mind|
|"Meant to Be" (feat. Jacob Hemphill of SOJA)||2012||Peace of Mind|
|"Good Vibes" (feat. Lutan Fyah)||2012||Peace of Mind|
|"Life on the Line"||2012||Peace of Mind|
|"Roots Reggae Music" (feat. Don Carlos)||2014||Count Me In|
|"Fade Away"||2014||Count Me In|
|"Hate To Be The One" (feat. Collie Buddz)||2014||Count Me In|
|"De-stress"||2014||Count Me In|
|"Pretty Lady"||2016||Falling Into Place|
|"Inhale Exhale" (feat. Protoje)||2016||Falling Into Place|
|"Lay My Claim"||2016||Falling Into Place|
|"Those Days"||2016||Falling Into Place|
|"City Life"||2018||Free Rein|
|"Legend Dub"||2020||The Dub Collection|
|"Moonlight Dub"||2020||The Dub Collection|
|"City Life Dub"||2020||The Dub Collection|
|"Suffering Dub"||2020||The Dub Collection|
|"Satisfied"||March 26, 2021||In The Moment|
|"Old School Feeling"||April 23, 2021||In The Moment|
|"Heavy As Lead"||May 21, 2021||In The Moment|
|"All Or Nothing" (feat. Busy Signal)||June 18, 2021||In The Moment|
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