Rebelution: Reggae Rockers Brave Cold Season for Winter Greens Tour
While Mother Nature continues to wreak havoc on our thermostats, most people are bundling up and keeping indoors during the chilly season. Everyone except California-based reggae rockers Rebelution that is.
The Santa Barbara-natives are ditching the warm embrace of their sandy sunny digs to embark on another wintertime road trip on their aptly titled Winter Greens Tour, which will hit the Marquee Theatre on Friday, February 15.
Vocalist/guitarist Eric Rachmany, keyboardist Rory Carey, drummer Wesley Finley, and bassist Marley Williams are already a year removed from their third record, Peace of Mind, but as a result of releasing the album in three alternate versions they still have plenty of material to draw from. Their most commercially successful album to date came in acoustic and dub renditions of each track.
We caught up with Rachmany as the band gears up for their sold-out show in Tempe.
Up on the Sun: The Winter Greens Tour is just around the corner. Are there any pre-tour rituals you guys are going through right now to prepare yourself for this upcoming leg?
Eric Rachmany: [Laughs] Right now we're just focusing on getting our sound tight. But we don't have anything too crazy going on as far as rituals are concerned. We're just really excited. All of us in the band just love playing live. If we're not playing for a couple of weeks we start to miss it a lot.
I think most people are excited to get off of the road, but to tell you the truth, after a week or two I really miss playing music with the band. You know we love what we do and getting on stage. I guess you can call it an addiction. I love performing and I plan on doing it for the rest of my life.
What's the feeling like when you're on stage?
At first when we were starting out as a band we didn't really know what we were doing. We didn't know how to be performers. We just had a lot of fun and were stoked to be on stage and entertaining people. I think that we've learned a lot over the last eight years. You know we started out playing cover songs and then between every show we gained a little bit more confidence.
I think that confidence led to us writing original music and then after that, really being able to feel it on stage. I think when you feel it the crown feels it. No matter what, if it's a crowd of 10 people or 10,000 people, if you're feeling it, then they're going to feel it and you can't really pay attention to how many people are out there. Sometimes it can be a little intimidating but I think the key is -- what we've learned as a band is -- just get on that stage. You tell yourself, you've done it so many times, and you've had so much practice so now just have fun with it.
The most overwhelming feeling is hearing the crowd when you're on stage. When they're singing your music, there's nothing quite like it. And that's always different too because every venue echoes in a different way. If it's a big indoor place you can really hear them singing back to you and it's an amazing feeling.