Live Roots Reggae in Austin, TX
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Ryan Thaxter – Vocals, Keys, Melodica
Andrew MacKenzie – Guitar
Cory Mahoney – Guitar
Kyle Hancock – Drums
Dimitri Giannoulis – Bass
Coming from the East coast with a fresh, upbeat yet, vintage sound, DUBBEST has swiftly emerged onto the North American Reggae radar in recent years. The Boston-bred outfit of four high school friends have created a unique sound for themselves that intertwines their earlier passions for punk and ska while submersing them in their more recent infatuation with experimental dub and jam style genres.
Originally formed in 2009, DUBBEST has taken time to explore an entirely new musical approach that was influenced by jam bands such as The Grateful Dead and Phish but also reawakened by the likes of pioneering dub producers, Osbourne “King Tubby” Ruddock, Lee “Scratch” Perry and more specifically, Augustus Pablo´s 1974 dub classic, Ital Dub.
DUBBEST´s 2012 debut release, Avoid The Pier, showcases their devotion to the simple riddims and overdubs that clearly drew heavy inspiration from the glory days of 1970s reggae selectors. Followed by the 2013 release of their single,Heat and Water, one could easily tell the band was continuing to evolve their craft into a more complete sound that put more emphasis in the band´s soothing 3-part harmonies and talented core of melodic musicians.
The strengths of each member really began to shed light with the 2015 release of DUBBEST´s second full-length album, Light Flashes. Produced by Craig “Dubfader” Welsch of 10 Ft. Ganja Plant, the band credits the veteran producer with taking their musicianship to a higher level of authenticity by tapping into each band member´s unique talents and providing them with the large stock of vintage instruments prominently heard throughout the album. Mastering work provided by the legendary Kevin Metcalfe cemented the old school sound on the album as a result of his expertise from working with U.K.´s pop, rock, and reggae luminaries since the 1960s.
While most songs are driven with catchy organ and synthesizer leads alongside heavy bass lines and a crisp drumming groove to hold the glue together, there are still plenty of tasteful dubs and guitar licks intertwined within it all. Following the summer release of Light Flashes, DUBBEST played two hometown shows before taking their newly refined sound to new territories marking their debut in California and surrounding areas. Less than a year later, the band made the decision to move to San Diego where the North American Reggae scene was continuing to thrive. It was here where the band added a new bass player, bringing in an outside perspective to the northeast-cultivated sound.
Since moving to the West coast in February of 2016, DUBBEST has quickly become noticed as one of the hardest working bands on the rise. Touring relentlessly and sharing their infectious energy all across the nation whether as openers, supporting acts, or headliners, the band continues to make fans with each new encounter. The live show is not one to be overlooked as the band embraces the chance to be themselves by frequently throwing in expanded freestyle dub sections to their original songs while also performing obscure roots reggae tracks in a style all their own. Their unique, melodic sound has been widely accepted to the point that within a year of relocating, the band released 2016´s Live at The Belly Up, which was recorded live during their set at one of So Cal´s premier venues.
The band´s professionalism on the road and passion for playing live in front of any audience has gained them the respect from many established reggae bands of the same era. Now having shared the stage with well-known talent from earlier times such as The Wailers, Barrington Levy, and The Itals to more recent acts like Stick Figure, The Green, J Boog, John Brown´s Body, The Expanders, Iya Terra, Arise Roots and more, DUBBEST proceeds to seek out any opportunity to display the experience of life, love, happiness, and truth via sound and vibration.
DUBBEST released their eagerly awaited third studio album, Gold Fever, on November 1, 2019.
Roots reggae conceived in Chicago & cultivated in Austin.
Austin, Texas – the `Live Music Capital of the World,´ is one of the most significant music destinations in the United States. The caliber of musicians and performers found in Austin is legendary, a place where Grammy winners are as common as mesquite flavored barbecue. It is never surprising to walk out of a local venue thinking you just heard one of the greatest bands ever in a small intimate setting. Austin is also a cultural melting pot for musicians who play a wide variety of music genres. The diversity, although constantly ebbing and flowing, continues to grow. as evidenced by the hugely popular Austin Reggae Festival. Lion Heights is a mighty band that is a product of Austin´s diverse live music community. A small band with a big authentic roots Jamaican sound.
Lion Heights began in 2013 on the west side of Chicago between friends, Dane Foltin (Bass/Vox), Jeremy Carlson (Keys/Vox) and James Campbell (guitar). The trio met while studying music at Columbia College and began playing together in various bands. The result was creation of their own musical trademark influenced by roots reggae music pumping out of Jamaica in the 60´s and 70´s. The trio blended aspects of Soul and R&B with vintage reggae to broaden and entice new audiences. Their talent led them to perform as a backing band for I Wayne, Lady G, Sister Nancy and Dawn Penn.
In 2014, Lion Heights relocated to Austin, Texas. Their talent and reputation grew immensely in short time. They cross the massive Lone Star state- bringing energetic roots reggae to the Texas Reggae scene. They have opened for well known Jamaican acts such as Kabaka Pyramid, Jesse Royal, Pentateuch, Dubtonic Kru, New Kingston, Lee “Scratch” Perry and Cocoa Tea.
In 2013, the band released the EP entitled “Survival of the Richest” along with the single “Good One.” In 2017, the group released their first full-length record, “Same Situation.” Their unique talent landed appearances in 2018 and 2019 at SXSW and the Austin Reggae Fest.
In 2019, the single and video “Smile” was released further growing their fanbase and rising reputation as a highly respected roots reggae band. Their most recent single (accompanied by an official music video) is “Elevate”, recorded in collaboration with The San Antones.
Lion Heights is an unforgettable reggae experience with talent destined for launch into international recognition