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Roots of Creation Announces Kickstarter In Celebration of Upcoming Album Dub Free or Die Vol #1 Due out Late Spring

Plus New Single “Mammoth” Due out March 26th!

Acclaimed reggae-rock group Roots of Creation announces the launch of a Kickstarter campaign in support of their 8th full length studio album Dub Free or Die Vol #1, due out this Spring. 

Like many, the road warrior band pivoted in 2020 in light of COVID-19. Brett Wilson, bandleader and guitarist, reflects, “Dramatically shifting from doing over 150 shows a year for more than a decade and hugging each & every one of our fans at the merch table night after night to makeshift live streaming from the basement, going through a divorce, and becoming a remote learning teacher slash principal for my 8 year old daughter….man, it was jarring.”

During this time the band dove into the new normal by adapting to regular livestreams across all platforms and even performed at live streamed festivals including California Roots, Dazed Between Festival and many more. Taking the lemons we were all handed last year and making some vibey lemonade, Roots of Creation even landed on Pollstar’s “Top 100 Livestreamers Chart for 2020” at an impressive Number 33!

While the pandemic may have thwarted their touring plans, it could NEVER stop RoC from CREATING.

Focusing on music the band also created the new album “Dub Free or Die Vol 1.” It is their first self produced album made for the Roots of Creation DIE HARD fans who love that progressive rock and jam meets reggae sound. Brett adds, “the upcoming record Dub Free or Die vol #1 is all about focusing on our instrumental songwriting. It was created for our diehard fans who travel to multiple shows a year, listen to bootlegs, pay attention to set lists and always score the latest merch drops. We are extremely blessed to have our tribe of ‘RoC family’ members to be there to support us through these crazy uncertain times and let us experiment, create and have a blast. These compositions tend to lend themselves to progressive rock, improvisation, songscapes, rapid genre switches, and Dub Reggae EFX.”

The new album is 13 tracks deep with 3 bonus songs and features standouts like “Arabia” ft. Mihali (Twiddle). Originally conceived for Roots of Creation’s 2006 album Rise Up “Arabia” has found its way to completion through a solid instrumental arrangement. The new song includes a horn section filled out by acclaimed trumpeter Andy “AG” Geib from Slightly Stoopid, longtime collaborator Billy Kottage on Trombone, alongside Roots of Creation’s own Andrew Riordan on Saxophone. The highlight is guitar solos performed by Brett Wilson and Mihali, taking turns from Brett slowly building the melody to Mihali speed picking, and finally to scorching layers. With all of those musicians diving into a simple-yet-energetic melody, the song harkens back to the style of Jamaican reggae guitarist Ernest Ranglin.

Another highlight and a bonus song showcases the band’s collaborative spirit and diverse sound that keeps them at the top of the Reggae charts. The lead single “Light it Up” bridges both Reggae and mainstream festival sounds and has seen critical accolades from tastemakers like TopShelf Music, Reggaeville, and Celebstoner to name a few. The new song features Mighty Mystic, best known as one of the leaders in the modern reggae revival. It was released alongside an animated lyric video (https://youtu.be/9SrmMKaepgA) by Ellen Animates and a music video (https://youtu.be/i-2NsTlZk7Q) that brings the party anthem to life with belly and fire dancers, and lots of historical weed.

Film at Harry Brown’s Farm home to the first cannabis liberation festival, the new video not only celebrates life but also pays homage to history. “Always forward, never straight! The War Against Some Drugs has seen many veterans, battles won and lost, and victories on the cannabis front. Up on The Hill in Starks Maine we have been on the front lines, supporting efforts to expand legal access since 1991. Roots of Creation has graced our stage during periods of prohibition and celebration of our right to Light It Up on The Hill. When the opportunity to have Mighty Mystic and Roots of Creation shoot a video during 2020, a year when people could not come to shows, we knew it was the right thing to do. Firebenders, artists, dancers, the community came together to help in any way they could. While we wait to welcome back to The Hill all those who call it home, we hope that Hillcats everywhere know our burning desire to gather in celebration and love again,” comments Jodi Stebbins festival publicist and operations director.

Other songs on the new album include their White Stripes dubbed out cover of “7 Nation Army.” Additionally “Wake Up” with Reel Big Fish’s own Billy Kottage is set against a skanky ska riddim, along with an acoustic version recorded live at the famed Tuff Gong studios in Jamaica. “Mammoth” shows off RoC’s musical influences ranging from dubstep to heavy metal. And with a little something for everyone there is “White Noise Rain for Sleeping Roots Babies,” which will no doubt help lull the kids into dreamland. There is even a possibility of adding a few more songs from the Kickstarter campaign where supporters have the opportunity to name a few songs and can receive executive producer credit.

The new Kickstarter campaign is full of choice backer rewards, including early access to new RoC music, test pressings of the new album, personalized songs written by RoC, private full length livestream concerts, and even private backyard concerts! Brett concludes, “It’s 2021. We’re done talking about last year and we’re not gonna let it all happen again THIS YEAR. Roots of Creation spent ages building ourselves up, touring like crazy, all while still making records. We can’t really play shows right now, so this is us saying ‘Hey, we’re going to continue to adapt.’” Check out the Kickstarter here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/rootsofcreation/roots-of-creation-dub-free-or-die

Dub Free or Die Vol. 1 will be released publically and digitally later this Spring, with Kickstarter backers getting the new music BEFORE the general public. CD/Vinyl will release shortly thereafter, as vinyl plant timelines seem to shift week to week.

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