Southern California's Rebelution has done well for itself by Billboard magazine's Reggae charts, putting its first four albums in the Top 10. But things got bigger and better with the new "Peace of Mind," which hit No. 13 on the Billboard 200 chart when it was released in January.
"We're really stoked," says frontman Eric Rachmany, who co-founded the quintet during 2004 in Isla Vista. "We've been predominately labeled as a reggae band for the past few albums, and we've had that reggae foundation in our sound. But we all listen to different types of music and incorporate that in the songs, too, so it's nice to get beyond that one classification.
"But we're just happy to kind of do what we do and be where we are. Any sort of (attention) just helps to spread the word about the band."
"Peace of Mind" is certainly Rebelution's most ambitious release. In addition to the album itself, it comes packaged with two other discs, one with acoustic renditions of the songs and the other with dub versions. Rachmany says the additional creative exercises were about serving the group members' own tastes as well as fan demand.
"I'm a big fan of acoustic music, and dub is really part of reggae culture," Rachmany explains. "Our manager had the idea of, 'Why don't we do a triple album, something special for the fans. You guys have been wanting to make an acoustic album anyway, so we can give the fans all three.
"So the reason came down to 1) because we like acoustic music, 2) we want to do something special for the fans and 3) why not? It's a lot more fun than just putting out another album, you know?"
Rebelution, the Green and Pep love perform Tuesday, March 27, at Saint Andrews Hall, 431 E. Congress St., Detroit. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15. Call 313-961-8137 or visit www.livenation.com.
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