The phenomenon known as Sublime, arguably the most energetic, original and uniquely eclectic band to emerge from any scene, anywhere, ended with the untimely death of lead singer, guitarist and songwriter Brad Nowell in May of 1996. But encompassing the sense of place and purpose long associated with Sublime’s music, Badfish, a Tribute to Sublime continues to channel the spirit of Sublime with a fury not felt for some time. What separates Badfish from other tribute bands is that they have replicated Sublime’s essence, developing a scene and dedicated following most commonly reserved for label-driven, mainstream acts. Badfish make their mark on the audience by playing with the spirit of Sublime. They perform not as Sublime would have, or did, but as Badfish does.
Phoenix, Arizona based, Fayuca, is a Reggae-Rock/ Latino group, fronted by original, member Gabo Fayuca. Their sound shifts through genres while blending modern-reggae melodies with Latin percussion, tied seamlessly by razor guitar riffs and progressive rock breakdowns.
Their music has been featured on MTV, Univision, FOX Sports and other popular TV networks. Fayuca’s instrumental, La Venganza, was hand picked by movie director Robert Rodriguez to be used as the main title theme to El Rey Network’s original series, MATADOR.
Currently backed by bass player, Mario Sepulveda, trumpet player, Danny Torgersen, and drummer, Richard Duran, the quartet has become a national and international touring act. They have shared the stage with leaders in their genre like Molotov, 311, Cultura Profetica, Slightly Stoopid, Sublime with Rome, Damien Marley and many more.
While finishing high school in Tolleson, Arizona, Gabo sparked an interest for writing music and forming a bilingual-rock band. Since their first album release in 2004, Fayuca has launched four studio albums, including Barrio Sideshow, released on Fervor Records in 2013. Their songs promote Latino culture, good vibes, and self-identification. Touring insatiably between writing and recording music, Fayuca strives to inspire people around the world by spreading a message of courage, love, and empowerment.
ABOUT IRIE IDEA–
There is a highly original energy fueling Irie Idea. Curtis Irie and Morgan Smith both grew up playing punk because it was fast, loud and against the grain of mainstream music. Along their journey they have matured and learned about music. These days the boys subscribe to educating themselves on roots music while making contributions to it’s ever-growing evolution and progression.
The full sound of Irie Idea comes from only two members. Keeping up traditional blues and rocksteady values while adding in the best of ska, punk and funk would be a feat for a traditional four-piece band. Somehow, Irie and Smith bring a bright brass section, bouncing bass and vocal harmonization without sacrificing intricacy or intensity.
Irie and Smith grew up playing in separate bands around Pennsylvania, New York, and New Jersey. When they met while living in Philadelphia they shared the same musical goal: to create and perform energetic songs of rebellion that carry both musical depth and lyrical content that listeners could intimately relate to. While building a foundation of friends and fans they shared the stage with bands such as The Slackers, Chris Murray, The Forthrights, The Menzingers and Bomb The Music Industry.
Coinciding with the release of their debut full length (Here’s Hoping Somebody Can Find a Way Outta Here) Smith and Irie packed their bags and relocated to rainy but beautiful Portland Oregon to spread their gospel. They began playing frequently around the pacific northwest while writing bigger and better tunes and seeing how far their sound would travel.
The Irie sound caught the ears of production dream team Sammy Kay and Joseph Quinones at The Steady Rock Easy-Groove Factory in LA. It was there they recorded their newest full length Blues Like Sandpaper | Rocksteady Like Dirt featuring members of The Delirians, Matamoska and Sammy Kay.