Thursday, January 23, 2020

New Heavensbee Album "We Mean Business" Released

After nearly 2 years of writing and recording, I'm excited to finally share a pre-order link for the new Heavensbee album "We Mean Business" which will be released Monday 1/27/20!  It's taken a  minute to finish because I have also been hard at work on writing Ska Boom : An Oral History About The Birth Of American Ska. 

"We Mean Business" started as a conversation. Roger Apollon and I have been making music together for a long time but we wanted to try something different. The goal was to write and record an album of ska and reggae music that reflected our shared love and appreciation for 2-Tone and what it stood for (The Specials, The Selecter, The Beat) but that would also would expand on that approach and incorporate new sounds with new voices to create something more modern. We also wanted to collaborate with singers and musicians we love and respect. And so, over nearly two years starting in 2018 we pulled together this fantastically diverse mix of incredibly talented people -- Carolyn "Honeychild" Coleman (The 1865), Dunia Best (Dubistry), Olivier Rhee (The Boilers), Robert Tierney (The NY Citizens), Jenny Whiskey (Hub City Stompers, Rude Boy George), Matt Wixson, Ruben Rios, Anthony "Juggla" Minervino (The Rudie Crew), Pamela Anderson Buckley (Rude Boy George) and Rob Gainfort (The Steadys) -- who helped to craft and create these songs about the darker side of modern life in 21st century America.

Below is a link to a Bandcamp player where you can purchase the album and also stream the first song.  I hope you enjoy listening to it as much as I enjoyed working on it!