Rebelution (band)

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Rebelution
Performing live in 2014
Performing live in 2014
Background information
OriginIsla Vista, California, United States
GenresReggae rock, Dub
Years active2004 (2004)–present
Labels87 Music
Hill Kid
Raise Up Music
Red Distribution
Easy Star Records
Associated actsThe Expendables
The Green
Iration
Slightly Stoopid
Stick Figure
Websitewww.rebelutionmusic.com
MembersEric Rachmany
Rory Carey
Marley D. Williams
Wesley Finley
Past membersMatt Velasquez

Rebelution is a reggae rock[1][2] 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.

History[edit]

Formation and Courage to Grow (2004–2007)[edit]

Rebelution was formed in the college town of Isla Vista, California, in 2004.[3] 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.[4][5]

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).[4]

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.[6] 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.[5][7]

Bright Side of Life (2009)[edit]

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.[6]

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.

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)[edit]

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,[8] 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)[edit]

In May 2014, Rebelution performed as a headlining act at the California Roots Music and Arts Festival in Monterey, California.

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.[8] 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.[9] An acoustic version of the album was released in 2015 and again topped the Billboard Reggae chart.[10]

Falling Into Place (2016)[edit]

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.[11]

Free Rein (2018)[edit]

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.[12]

The Dub Collection (2020)[edit]

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.[13] The album reached #8 on the Billboard Top Reggae Album charts.

In The Moment (2021)[edit]

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.[14]

Other projects[edit]

Rebelution worked with Florida-based breweries Rock Brothers Brewing and Cigar City Brewing to create Rebelution IPA in Summer 2016.[2][15][16]

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.[17]

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[edit]

After its debut album was one of the most downloaded reggae albums on iTunes, Rebelution's Courage to Grow was named the iTunes Editors Choice: Best Reggae Album 2007.[18]

Rebelution received their first Grammy nomination in 2017 when their album Falling Into Place was nominated for the "Best Reggae Album" award.

Lineup[edit]

Current members[19]

  • Eric Rachmany – Vocals, Guitar, Songwriter (2004–present)
  • Rory Carey – Keyboards (2004–present)
  • Marley D. Williams – Bass (2004–present)
  • Wesley Finley – Drums (2004–present)

Touring members

  • Zach Meyerowitz – Trumpet (2014–present)
  • Kyle Ahern – Guitar (2016–present)
  • Eric Hirschhorn – Saxophone (2018–present)

Former members

  • 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.[20]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

EPs/Live albums[edit]

Rebelution Chart History[21]
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
Rebelution Chart History[22]
Year Album Label Billboard peak
2006 Rebelution (EP) Self-produced
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

Dub albums[edit]

Rebelution Chart History[23]
Year Album Label Billboard peak
2012 Peace of Mind – Dub 87 Music
2020 The Dub Collection Easy Star Records #8

Acoustic albums[edit]

Rebelution Chart History[24]
Year Album Label Billboard peak
2012 Peace of Mind – Acoustic 87 Music
2015 Count Me In – Acoustic Controlled Substance Sound Labs #1

Singles[edit]

Title Release Date Album
"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
"Celebrate" 2018 Free Rein
"City Life" 2018 Free Rein
"Healing" 2018 Free Rein
"Patience" 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

Compilations[edit]

  • Rebelution Vinyl Box Set (2019)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Comingore, Amy (August 14, 2013). "Rebelution's Good Vibrations". Santa Barbara Independent. Santa Barbara, California. Retrieved September 2, 2016.
  2. ^ a b Cridlin, Jay (June 20, 2016). "Rebelution's Rory Carey talks craft beer before launching Rebelution IPA in St. Petersburg". Tampa Bay Times. St. Petersburg, Florida. Retrieved September 2, 2016.
  3. ^ Anter, Demi; Bachelder, Audrey (August 30, 2013). "A to Z Treasure Map of Art to Find at UCSB". Daily Nexus. Santa Barbara, California. Retrieved September 2, 2016.
  4. ^ a b Rudis, Al (February 17, 2011). "Rebelution's reggae roots come from California coast". Press-Telegram. Long Beach, California. Retrieved September 2, 2016.
  5. ^ a b Baker, Brian (March 26, 2012). "Rebelution". www.CityBeat.com. Retrieved September 2, 2016.
  6. ^ a b "Rebelution Billboard Albums". Allmusic. Retrieved June 18, 2010.
  7. ^ Patti, Mike (March 16, 2016). "Seedless to Continue On Without Casey Sullivan". www.ThePier.org. Retrieved September 2, 2016.
  8. ^ a b Jackson, Kevin (2014) "Rebelution on Top", Jamaica Observer, 20 June 2014. Retrieved 22 June 2014
  9. ^ Jackson, Kevin (2014) "Billboard's top 15 reggae albums of 2014", Jamaica Observer, December 14, 2014. Retrieved December 14, 2014
  10. ^ Jackson, Kevin (2015) "Rebels at Heart", Jamaica Observer, 4 October 2015. Retrieved 5 October 2015
  11. ^ "Reggae Music: Top Reggae Albums & Songs". Billboard. Retrieved 2017-08-25.
  12. ^ Jackson, Kevin (2019) "Rebelution takes the double", Jamaica Observer, 24 January 2019. Retrieved 27 January 2019
  13. ^ https://www.rebelutionmusic.com/site/press/
  14. ^ https://www.thepier.org/rebelution-announces-7th-studio-album-in-the-moment/
  15. ^ Ornberg, Emily (June 6, 2016). "Reggae band Rebelution, Florida brewer team up for stoney new craft beer". TheCannabist.co. Retrieved September 2, 2016.
  16. ^ Cridlin, Jay "Rebelution's Rory Carey talks craft beer before launching Rebelution IPA in St. Petersburg", Tampa Bay Times. Retrieved December 2, 2018
  17. ^ https://www.craftbeerkings.com/products/the-hop-concept-rebelution-take-on-anything-1
  18. ^ Escabar, Mimi (January 6, 2011). "California reggae comes to Tahoe Monteblue". Mountain Democrat. Placerville, California. Retrieved September 2, 2016.
  19. ^ "Rebelution Press". RebelutionMusic.com. Retrieved September 2, 2016.
  20. ^ http://www.independent.com/2018/06/27/staying-positive-on-state-this-fourth
  21. ^ https://www.billboard.com/music/rebelution/chart-history/JAH
  22. ^ https://www.billboard.com/music/rebelution/chart-history/JAH
  23. ^ https://www.billboard.com/music/rebelution/chart-history/JAH
  24. ^ https://www.billboard.com/music/rebelution/chart-history/JAH

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