Iration's Micah Pueschel on Legal Weed and How America Needs to Be More Forward-Thinking
It's difficult not to like something called "sunshine reggae" -- even for those who aren't the biggest fans of Marley dreads, Nag Champa and barefoot romps.
msopr.com Iration is scheduled to perform on Saturday, March 15, at Tempe Beach Park.
Iration embodies the description of sunshine reggae perfectly, a mix of dub, reggae and rock, and the band's live shows pulse with an undeniable Hawaiian/California positive energy. Easily understood, since members Micah Pueschel (guitar, vocals), Adam Taylor (bass), Cayson Peterson (keyboards), Joseph Dickens (drums) and Joseph King (dub controls, live sound) all hail from Hawaii but no live in breezy San Diego.
Since 2006, Iration has released three EPs and three studio albums, the latest of which was released in summer 2013. Automatic was received well by fans and critics, even though longtime band member Kai Rediske, the only other vocalist who also played guitar, had just left the band a few months prior.
Iration never seems to stop working, whether it's the band's constant touring or incessant songwriting, or putting in work just to take the time to relax.
Up On the Sun talked with frontman Micah Pueschel about new music in the works, the legalization of marijuana, and being a fan of Justin Timberlake.
You guys will be playing with a lot of reggae rock bands like Pepper and then hip hop group Atmosphere and Rebelution. What do you think is the common thread between the bands on the bill?
I think that the common thread is that three out of the four bands have a reggae element obviously. Atmosphere has really made their name as a more underground grassroots hip-hop group. I think that's the same as all of us; the grassroots style and independent bands. We've built our fan bases on good music. I love all those bands.
So are you currently working on a new album since Automatic, or just touring?
We haven't started recording anything but we're always working. I've been writing and we've been coming up with ideas. We've been playing some new stuff but nothing's fully ready yet. The goal is to get something out next year but that's not concrete.