Badfish “A tribute to Sublime”: Head High Tour
Badfish make their mark on the audience by playing with the spirit of Sublime. Coming to Tellus360 on February 7th at 8pm, they perform not as Sublime would have, or did, but as Badfish does.
February 7, 2018 · 8:00pm
8PM, Doors at 7 in THE TEMPLE
TICKETS: $18 ADV, $22 at the door
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Badfish “A tribute to Sublime”: Head High Tour w/ Special Guest Tropidelic and The Stonewall Vessels
Encompassing the sense of place and purpose long associated with Sublime’s music, Badfish, a Tribute to Sublime continues to channel the spirit of Sublime with a fury not felt for some time. What separates Badfish from other tribute bands is that they have replicated Sublime’s essence, developing a scene and dedicated following most commonly reserved for label-driven, mainstream acts. Badfish make their mark on the audience by playing with the spirit of Sublime. They perform not as Sublime would have, or did, but as Badfish does.
“Every single second is a blessing if you count them all,” sings frontman Matthew Roads. You can hear the sincerity in his voice; the joie de vivre that oozes from everything Tropidelic does is apparent. When they take a stage, their synergy flows member to member—horns blow, knees kicked high and grins are passed from one man to the next. Almost immediately it spreads to the crowd, lifting hands in the air as their feet begin to move and the pulse collectively becomes that of one.
The six-piece band from Cleveland, Ohio may be far from any tropical islands but that doesn’t stop them from dishing out an interesting mix of reggae, hip – hop and high energy funk for audiences across the country. Tropidelic has a deep and widespread appreciation for music that can be heard in each note. Some of the members are hip-hop heads, while others are into metal, funk or reggae. But each of these genres lends something to their collective sound. “We pride ourselves in being original in our musicality and personality as a band,” says Roads, “but also in not taking ourselves so seriously that it ruins the fun.”
For their 2017 release, “Heavy is The Head”, Tropidelic carefully vetted what songs made it to the record, and featured songwriting efforts from members James and Darrick. Sound engineer Cary Crichlow, who has worked on the last four releases from the band, returned to get the job done. “Our socio-political views vary as much as our musical tastes and always seep into the music” says Roads. “There’s certainly a lot that needs said, but on this record we tried to be well-rounded and touch on a broad scope of emotions.” The release debuted at #1 on the iTunes reggae charts on November 10, 2017.
These seasoned road dogs can be found spreading their soulful sound across the country in both intimate venues and music festivals, having shared the stage with and supported such acts as 311, Slightly Stoopid, The Dirty Heads, Pepper and The Wailers. Previously, Tropidelic has been featured at Electric Forest, Werk Out Festival, an appearance at Warped Tour, and SXSW. In 2018, the band is focused on headlining tours as well as performing at Reggae Rise Up, Cali Roots and much more. Stay tuned for more from Cleveland’s home-grown, Tropidelic.
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The Stonewall Vessels
“The Stonewall Vessels are impossible categorize into one single genre or, really, even a certain set of genres. As musicians they are influenced by a wide variety of styles and even many things outside of a strictly musical realm. “So who are we to just try to fit into one thing,” they ask, “when we like so many different kinds of things?” For each member it has always been about coming together, brining all they can to the table, and “let[ing] it come out the way it’s meant to be.” This effort without a specific goal leads to universality. The Stonewall Vessels have played with everything from pop punk to metal acts, “but we always seem to leave the place with people liking us. They might not have liked the whole thing, but a certain part of it got them because it’s so universal. We’re not trying to fit in with any specified thing, we’re just doing what we feel and that’s the creative aspect of it.”
– Scott Fugger (36 Vultures)
“We all may know bands who sound crisp and have vocals that soar on record, but when captured live? Not so crisp + not so soaring = disappointment. This was not the case when I watched The Prava Sessions!”