Island Head electronic press kit

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Relix Review of “Punky Reggae Party”

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Hearing reggae songs sans vocals is always an interesting experience.  But, without words to draw listeners in, interesting can’t always equal good, especially if the band lacks chemistry and forgets the cardinal rule; Riddim first. Thankfully, New York-based band Island Head gets the vibe right with Punky Reggae Party, featuring mostly a choice selection of Bob Marley covers.  Blessed with a seasoned line-up of reggae and R&B vets, including drummer Billy Messinetti, keyboardist David Frank, and guitarists Andy Bassford and Mikey ‘Mao’ Chung, the band digs into classics as the title track, “I Shot The Sheriff” and the original laid-back jam “Reggae Island”.  The band frequently flexes their muscles a bit on solos, but their vocal-like quality feels tasteful and natural – always rocking steady and never forgetting to keep the party going.  James Haag – Relix Magazine

Island Head Live at The Falcon video

Watch the video highlights from one of our live shows: https://youtu.be/W_HGeF5uv3A

Island Head – “Punky Reggae Party”

Midnight Raver Blog chose Island Head’s “Punky Reggae Party” as one of the BEST REGGAE ALBUMS OF 2013!  click here: Listen to Island Head

click here for the Island Head YouTube Channel

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See Island Head live

Island Head will be performing songs from the album “Punky Reggae Party” which are unique instrumental versions of Bob Marley songs as well as the Island Head original, “Reggae Island”  The band also will play some classic Jamaican Studio One instrumentals.  Sax player Timmy Cappello will be singing some classic pop hits his own reggae style.

DATE: Thursday August 21, 2014           PLACE:  Treme     553 Main St, Islip, NY    WEBSITE LINK: TremeLink       Phone: (631) 277-2008

DATE: Friday August 22, 2014     PLACE: A Place 2 Go (Jamaican Restaurant)        273 North Ave, New Rochelle, NY          WEBSITE LINK:   AplaceWebLink     Phone: (914) 365-252

DATE:  Thursday August 28, 2014       PLACE: The Lackawaxen Inn     188 Scenic Drive, Lackawaxen, PA.       FACEBOOK LINK: Lack Inn FB    PHONE: 570-685-7061

 

ISLAND HEAD set list

  1. Burnin & Lootin
  2. Tunnel One*
  3. I Shall Be Released
  4. Swing Easy*
  5. Get Up Stand Up
  1. So Much Trouble in the World
  2. Wake Up & Live
  3. Heavy Rock*
  4. Don’t Disturb This Groove
  5. House of the Rising Sun
  6. Punky Reggae Party
  7. Reggae Island
  8. Baby I Need Your Loving
  9. Darker Shade of Black* (Norwegian Wood)
  10. I Shot The Sheriff

St. Lucia Jazz Festival

This weekend are the last couple of days left of St. Lucia Jazz Festival.  On Sunday, Monty Alexander’s Harlem Kingston Express will be performing.  Andy Bassford, the guitarist in Island Head, also plays with Monty and will be there.  If you have not heard the new “Harlem Kingston Express Volume 2” album, check it out.  It’s a great blend of traditional jazz and instrumental reggae.

Harlem Kingston Express on iTunes

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Island Head Musicians (Band) – Instrumental Reggae

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Island Head visited SiriusXM Studios in New York City where they performed three songs exclusively for the reggae radio station “The Joint” on channel 42.  Program director Pat McKay hosted an interview with the band.  “We had so much fun hangin’ with Pat.  We had a lot of laughs and she is so cool”, said sax player Timmy Cappello.  Pat teased Timmy about his on-stage sexual innuendos during his touring days with Tina Turner.  Pat said; “She came on to you, didn’t she”?  The room burst into laughter as Timmy said; “I ain’t sayin’ nothin'”.

When it came time to play the band got serious as they did new versions of “Burnin’ and Lootin’ and “Punky Reggae Party”, both Bob Marley and The Wailers covers.  The band’s instrumental version of Bob Marley’s “So Much Trouble in the World” has been airing for months on The Joint.  Now, the live version is also being aired.

You can catch all three live performances on SiriusXM as well as some studio cuts from the album “Punky Reggae Party”.

Listen to the album here

Pictured below is Program Director Pat McKay during soundcheck

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Island Head Welcomes All People All Music

This site has been visited by thousands of people from every corner of the globe.  That is a true testament to reggae music.  This music started by artists like Toots Hibbert that came from bands like The Skatalites and introduced to the world by Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, Bunny Wailer and The Wailers.

Island Head band want to do their part in carrying the torch.  All the musicians have had their share of doing recording sessions with computers and electronics.  The band wanted to make music kind of “old school” and have everyone in the same room at the same time in the recording process.  The interaction of the musicians is what makes this album so interesting.  They take some creative liberties and expand upon these songs written by Bob Marley, performed by The Wailers.

When you hear the wonderful saxophone solos by Tim Cappello, they were all done spontaneously, live, one take, no fixes or “punches”.  In the world of “perfect” music, this is unheard of.  I put “perfect” in quotes because the attempt is to make the music perfect and the result takes away the human imperfections.  These imperfections breathe life, heart and soul into the music.

The Island Head approach to these songs is to treat them with respect to the composer, the musicians and the reggae fans.  At the same time, the idea was to bring the sound up to date and bring in the aspect of improvisation as jazz artists do.  Reggae music has influenced rock, funk, hip hop, jazz and pop music.  Island Head musicians have all played music in these different genres.  Now, those genres are fused together to create Island Head’s own unique brand of reggae in the album “Punky Reggae Party”.

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Island Head has been called: Island Head Musicians, Island Head Band, Island Head Reggae Band, Island Head instrumental reggae band, Island Head instrumental jazz band, Islandhead, islandheadband, islandheadreggae.  It is the same band known for doing great original reggae/jazz arrangements of Bob Marley cover songs that include I Shot The Sheriff, So Much Trouble in the World, Get Up Stand Up, Wake Up and Live, Burnin’ and Lootin’ and the title track to their album “Punky Reggae Party”‘.  The music can be heard on SiriusXM radio, College Radio Reggae shows, internet reggae radio stations and some terrestrial radio.  Please phone in requests to your favorite radio station.  Thank you for your support!