For Peace Band, The Ries Brothers
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For Peace Band
Coming from an island 36 miles long, 14 miles wide and 5,000 miles away from your governing mainland instantly makes you different. For Peace Band embraces their island roots as they activate the masses through conscious reggae music. The only artist from Guam currently active in North America and abroad, they have honed their sight on fans from across the globe, delivering authentic island reggae with the spirit of “inafa’maolek,” meaning everyone is welcome.
Formed in 2012, Freddy Bordallo (Drums/Vocals), Jacob Iosa (Keys/Vocals), Danton Cruz (Bass/Vocals) and Ronald "RJ" Pereira (Guitar/Vocals), quickly gained prominence at home, winning the 2014 Island Music Awards for Best Original Song, and 2015 Island Music Awards for Best Reggae Band. July 27, 2018 marks the release date for their sophomore album Always Love, released on the Rootfire Cooperative. This latest offering presents the listener with top-shelf reggae music amplified by high-quality production and enough island vibes to leave you searching for land in your own living room. Tapping influences from The Police to The Doobie Brothers to Earth Wind and Fire, For Peace Band has embraced the importance of quality songwriting since their early days. Undeniably infectious melodies are met by a band recognizably comfortable in their role as the new guardians of island roots music.
Always Love consists of 13 tracks revolving around themes of self-awareness, honest love, and homage to the culture the band has grown up in. The title track opens the album with a clear message “Don’t let no one tell you what you’ve got to be. Just be yourself, do what is right for all to see…” The first single from the album, “Rarest Flower,” speaks to a muse “I never ever thought that I would meet a beautiful woman so extraordinary,” and subsequent tracks feature guest vocalists Star (The Steppas) on “Revival,” remembering the legends who came before them, including tributes to Gregory Isaacs, King Yellowman, Burning Spear and more. The final guest vocalist, friend and contemporary Nathan Feinstein (Iya Terra) sings on “Judgment Day,” featuring a heavy, driving rhythm over a powerful declaration that one’s actions will speak louder than their words when Judgment Day comes.
For Peace Band is on tour now. In their own words: “For Peace is a process, a movement, a way of life. We live it everyday. And we strive to keep the practices and customs we learned growing up alive in every aspect of our band.”
The Ries Brothers
The Ries Brothers (pronounced ”Rees”), a duo from Tampa Bay, FL, blend rock, blues, funk, and reggae into a soulful-sophisticated sound. Older brother Charlie (23) sings lead vocals while SIMULTANEOUSLY playing drums and keyboard bass giving the band it’s unique and full sound. Younger brother Kevin Jordan (20) completes the band’s “sonic creativity” on guitar, provides background vocals and co-writes many of their songs.
The brothers started the year off by playing 2 sold out shows with Stick Figure, one at Jannus LIVE in St. Petersburg, FL and the other on New Year’s Eve at the House of Blues Orlando. In February of this year they opened a sold out show for 311 at the House of Blues Orlando, FL, and soon after they were invited to play 3 shows on the Sold Out 311 Caribbean Cruise which sailed to Belize and Mexico. In the Winter of 2018 they completed a 27-city tour in support of G Love & Special Sauce and finished a second run with G. Love beginning in mid-July, from North Carolina to Maine. In late August they began a two month-long, 18-state, 36 city tour which started on the west coast and ended on the east coast in mid-October. Last spring the boys appeared at the Gasparilla Music Festival in Tampa, Fl., SunFest in West Palm Beach, Fl., and the California Roots Music & Arts Festival in Monterey, Ca.
They have twice toured nationally as the opening act for the iconic band CHICAGO and did a 15 city tour opening for the late Butch Trucks (Allman Brothers) & The Freight Train Band. Last year the brothers headlined their second show at “The House that Les Paul Built,” the legendary Iridium ion Broadway n NYC, with special guests Byron Isaacs of The Lumineers and Vini “Mad Dog” Lopez, founding member of the E Street Band and member of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. The Ries Brothers have also opened for David Cook, Daughtry, Los Lonely Boys, REO Speedwagon, Little River Band, The Edgar Winter Band & The Family Stone among others. They have sold out three headlining shows at Ruth Eckerd Hall’s Murray Theatre in Clearwater, Florida. In the summer of 2013, the boys participated in the exclusive Los Angeles Grammy Museum’s Music Revolution Project at Ruth Eckerd Hall. In the summer of 2014 the boys were part of the Van’s Warped Tour in Florida. The Ries Brothers were named by The Tampa Bay Times as one of their favorite artists by Creative Loafing as one of their Breakout Artists. They have released 3 EP’s and a Live Concert DVD. Their first full album “The View From The Outside”, produced by Ted Bowne of Passafire, was released on November 10.
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