THE DRASTCS have set the world a blaze with their unique style of heavy roots dub reggae, taking inspiration from past masters (King Tubby, Lee Scratch Perry, Augustus Pablo) and blending in afro-beat, jazz, hip-hop, dancehall, and R&B. Formed in 2003 from the ashes of rock-steady soulsters The Zvooks, The Drastics quickly made a name for themselves with the release of their 2005 debut album “Premonition”, featuring guest vocalists and musicians from Chicago (Vandell Harris, Prince Gonzalez), Boston (Westbound Train members and Craig Continue reading THE DRASTICS “CHICAGO MASSIVE” 2xCD / 12″ EP (OUT OF PRINT) – (JUMP076)
Barbara Smith, better known as Lady Ann, began sneaking into local dancehall sessions circa 1975-1977, featuring sound systems like Black Harmony and Soulatonie. Lady Ann’s closest musical cohorts in these early days were Little John and Ranking Toyan, but at the same time she was influenced by Clint Eastwood, Ranking Dillinger, Trinity, Barry Brown, and Sugar Minott. Lady Ann began her professional music career in 1978, recording her first songs, Plan Your Family (a combination with Ranking Toyan), as well as Shine Eye Boy, for Don Mais’ Roots Tradition Label. Continue reading LADY ANN “Bad Gyal Inna Dance” CD/LP – (JUMP080)
The Peacocks are Switzerland’s most notorious rockabilly/ska band, whose explosive shows have got them opening slots with the Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Voodoo Glow Skulls, Citizen Fish, Mu330, Toasters, Slackers and many more. Formed 7 years ago, this energetic trio plays a mixed style of fast, swinging Punk songs with catchy sing-along refrains, cool Rockabilly-rhythms and sprinkled ska beats: never too hard, but unbelievably fast & full of energy. The band toured America in 1997 with a arts grant from the Swiss government, and will be returning to the States this coming summer. Appearances on Jump Up’s “Smash Your Radio!” compilation and Asian Man’s “Misfits of Ska 2” have introduced the band’s unique sound to over 30,000 adoring fans.
For Fans of: Stray Cats, Hi Fi & The Roadburners, Amazing Royal Crowns, Reverend Horton Heat