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"OUT OF BOUNDS" by HR of Bad Brains.
All Media Guide Review of "Out Of Bounds".
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"HR IN DUBB" (EP) by HR (Human Rights) of Bad Brains.
"HR IN DUB" CD available on ITUNES, AMAZON MP3. EMUSIC, GOOGLE PLAY and SPOTIFY. "HR IN DUBB" will be live on RHOPSODY soon.
The immortal STALAG 20, 21 & 22 -- THE NEXT GENERATION featuring Elephant Man, Mr. Vegas, Junior Demus, Ce'Cele, Merciless, Danny English, Egg 'n' Bread, Hawkeye, Chico and more... (Reggae-Dancehall super artists). Project was mixed by Cordel "Scatta" Burrell.
All Media Guide Review of "Stalag 20, 21 & 22 - The Next Generation". Available on AMAZON MP3, iTunes, GOOGLE PLAY, RHAPSODY and SPOTIFY:
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Inverted Paradox (Various Artists) album is available on:
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Roguish Armament Alternative Hiphop.
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"KEEPER OF THE FAITH"
"Keeper Of The Faith" is a 100% Reggae Muzik album in the works... Still looking for right tracks for this album.
Published here in Fantra Zine online 9.1.16.
Control This! is Orlando's hottest ska, rocksteady & reggae band. After touring the globe for 9+ years with 2-tone ska legends The Toasters (NYC), sax player and lead singer Jeff Richey decided to re-discover the root of his passion for Jamaican music by starting a traditional ska and early reggae band. By focusing on Jamaican oldies and filling the band with players of diverse musical backgrounds, Control This! has developed a unique and identifiable sound. From the early sounds of the Skatalites, to the bubbling and bouncing sounds of rocksteady, to the easy rocking sounds of lover's rock, Control This! touches on all the nuances of early Jamaican music while providing a modern edge & great on-stage energy. Audiences can look forward to covers of Tommy McCook, Ernest Ranglin, Dennis Brown & The Clash as well as original music from the band's debut album, 'Long Road' on Anti-Authority Records.
Control This! crew l - r: Jeff Richey - sax & vocals, Lucas Scarpelli - drums, Joe Meadows - trumpet, Todd Elliot - bass, Christian Ryan - alto sax, and Jake Jones - guitar
Fantra Zine/Barry DIA had an email interview with Jeff Richey of Control This! on September 1, 2016. It went a little something like this:
Fantra Zine: The name of "Control This!" is simple, easy to remember, cool and unusual I think. It is easy to remember plus you can fit it easily on a flyer unlike bands with names as long as the alphabet. Control This! also have some double entendre applications going on man. Nice! Who dubbed the band Control This!? There has to be a deep mysterious meaning behind the name man. LOL. What influenced the Control This! handle?
Jeff Richey: Control This! is from one of my favorite scenes in one of my favorite movies. At the beginning of the movie "Rockers," the character Horsemouth is trying to borrow money to buy a bike so he can sell & trade records in downtown Kingston, Jamaica. He runs across Tommy McCook (my favorite Skatalite) rehearsing with his horn section in the alley behind Treasure Isle Studios and asks for a few bucks. Tommy grabs a wad of cash from his pocket and hands it to him. "Control This, mon," Tommy replied.
Fantra Zine: Putting a band together is a difficult task. How much work did it take to get a bunch of grown men who I'm sure to have responsibilities to commit to playing with Control This!? Please give some details. How long has Control This! been gigging as a band?
Jeff Richey: We have been playing shows since 2012. We have gone through several members to reach our core line-up. And we all worked together to balance our personal lives, other gigs, and jobs because we have all bought into the music and the concept as being a very sustainable style. Ska is considered world music for a reason and it will always have a market.
Fantra Zine: You could have played any type music from punk to alt. rock, I'm thinking. Was there a defining moment or epiphany when you said, I want to play Jamaican ska?
Jeff Richey: The first time I heard New York Fever by the Toasters, I realized I could combine my love of the saxophone with my love of punk rock. At least punk rock from an attitude standpoint. A band could be interesting both musically & lyrically, all while incorporating jazz, blues, rock & pop, but putting it all to the ska beat makes it more infectious. But I have been a fan of ska since the early 90's growing up in Philly (Philadelphia - USA). Pop punk bands like NOFX and Rancid crossed over into ska and lead me to hearing bands like Fishbone, The Toasters, The Scofflaws, and others. When I began getting more into jazz and blues in my high school and college days ('95-2001), I became more aware of early Jamaican ska and fell in love with the sound.
Fantra Zine: You have been a road-warrior with Bucket and Toasters crew for 9 long years. What are some of the lessons you learned that you are applying to the development of Control This!
Jeff Richey: I learned to be patient, be smart about tour routing, have high standards for yourself as a group and to always make sure everyone has a nice clean place to sleep!
Fantra Zine: Why did you quit The Toasters?
Jeff Richey: Well, I had been slowly going broke for a few years leading up to the recession, but once live music took such a big hit, I had to get out and try something new. I redirected my career and took 4 years off from the music business to get my personal life in order and have a better idea how to move forward musically as well.
Fantra Zine: There are a few prime music markets around the USA where it is perfect to start and develop a band. Orlando, Florida is one of these markets. Describe the Orlando scene with golden sunshine and palm trees in comparison to sometimes a gloomy and grimy New York City, in weather and attitude?
Jeff Richey: Orlando is much more intimate, everyone knows everyone. There are lots of mixed bills and it really feels like more of a family or community. Not as many fragments, segments or clicks, just a bunch of really great musicians. Plus it's nice to be able to select choice players from Disney.
Fantra Zine: What are the advantages or benefits of being based in Orlando or along the I-4 corridor like The Supervillains?
Jeff Richey: It's great for touring all over Florida. But not so great for getting out of the south. The south is traditionally not as strong for live music and the gigs are more spread out so it makes it a little tricky to get back up north or out west. Going to the beach or the springs before a gig is probably my favorite perk.
Fantra Zine: What are the upcoming tour dates for Control This!?
Jeff Richey: Control This! will be extending it's gigging to the Southeast. Dates include following markets summer & September 2016:
Sept. 8 Jacksonville -- FL, Rain Dogs;
Sept. 9 Charleston -- SC, Boone's Bar
Sept. 10 Charlotte -- NC, The Milestone
Sept. 11 Gainesville -- GA, Hardback Cafe
Sept. 17 Orange Park -- FL, The Roadhouse
Sept. 30 Orlando -- FL, Will's Pub
We will be extending dates through NE USA late in the year and going forward. Please follow us on Bandsintown or Facebook. For booking, contact Jeff Richey at 407-754-8920. Email: email@example.com.
Fantra Zine: Add anything else you wanna Jeff.
Jeff Richy: Check out Control This! new album "Long Road" on Anti Authority Records or at "Long Road" on controlthis.bandcamp.com .
We are currently tweaking this Control This! interview so bare with us. Please check back. Thank you.
This Control This! piece will be published in Fantra Zine #9 hard-copy January 2017, also. Below is the FZ #9 cover design in progress. Email DIA@DIA-Inc.com for reasonable ad rates.
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