Sometimes inspiration strikes from the immersion of living in a far away place. Sometimes, inspiration stems from a place that everyone can relate to, but maybe no one’s actually been. This is the music of The Hip Abduction, the vibrant St. Petersburg, FL-based collective that formed over a mutual appreciation for West African and early Jamaican reggae/dub music.
The Hip Abduction (THA) began through informal jam sessions and quickly coalesced into a sound that attracted national attention. For “Gold Under the Glow”, the band’s 2016 third full album release, THA engage an indie pop acumen alongside a highly emotive and roots driven sound. The Hip Abduction featuring David New (lead vocals, guitar), Chris Powers (bass), Dave Johnson (baritone, tenor sax), Cody Moore (keyboards, sax), Matt Poynter (drums, vocals) and Justino Lee Walker (guitar, vocals, sitar) have shared stages with the likes of Dirty Heads, Grace Potter, Galactic, The Revivalists, Ziggy Marley, Umphrey’s McGee, Thievery Corporation, Matisyahu, 311, Galactic, Moon Taxi and more.
Wilmington, North Carolina’s Signal Fire has taken a giant step forward with the release of a brilliant album, Lift Up. True to its title, this LP offers 13 well-crafted songs to soothe souls with serenity, encouragement, and hope. Marked by top-notch production from grammy winning producer Llamar “Riff Raff” Brown Lift Up boosts great songwriting, beautiful singing, and tight instrumentation.” -Dave Shiffman, Rootfire Intl.
As an independent release, their second album Lift Up debuted at #1 on the iTunes reggae charts, and #8 on the Billboard reggae charts. Through years of grass roots approach, Signal Fire has built a loyal following with their uplifting music and message.