Check this page for updates and announcements from Easy Star.
September 25, 2013JBB REVEALS FALL TOUR PLANS
"After an incredible tour through the Midwest, Colorado and New Mexico, John Brown’s Body has returned home to prepare for October dates with Groundation. They'll hit Philly, Baltimore, and New York on October 3rd, 4th, and 5th respectively, culminating at the inaugural By The Rivers Of Babylon NYC Reggae Festival, where JBB and Groundation will be joined by Kiwi and New Kingston to take over The Watermark on Pier 15! Following that run, JBB returns to their old stomping grounds in upstate New York for shows at The Westcott Theater in Syracuse and The Haunt in Ithaca.
John Brown’s Body also announced a new leg of their Fall Tour in sunny California! This time around they are joined by Stick Figure as they travel south along the Pacific Coast Highway from The Independent in San Francisco to The Griffin in San Diego. Tickets go on sale this week. For more information, check out the JBB tour dates page. " More info »
August 29, 2013HAWAI'I '13 DEBUTS ON THE BILLBOARD CHARTS
"Hawaii’s breakout band The Green has debuted at #1 on The Billboard Reggae and iTunes Reggae charts with the release of their third studio album Hawai‘i '13, and impressively landed at #77 on The Billboard Top 200 Chart. The critically-acclaimed album has also debuted on other Billboard charts including #13 on the Top Pacific Chart, #25 Top Indie Chart, and #40 on the Top 200 Digital albums, amongst others.
“With its #1 debut on the reggae charts, Hawai‘i '13 continues to prove that The Green is one of the top reggae acts today. But debuting at #77 on The Billboard Top 200 chart and seeing big sales spikes in new territories also demonstrates that the band’s aggressive touring and infectious music is winning over new fans and taking things to another level,” says Easy Star Records co-founder Eric Smith.
The band is about to embark on another extensive 25-Date US tour with Schwayze and Kimie supporting. Critical praise from a diverse range of media outlets has agreed that this is the band’s strongest album yet. " More info »
August 13, 2013EASY STAR WELCOMES PASSAFIRE TO THE FAMILY
"Easy Star is very excited to add another great band to its growing roster: Savannah, Georgia’s Passafire is the latest addition to the family.
Passafire will release its fifth studio album, VINES, on November 12. The record is currently being mixed by Paul Leary (Sublime, Pepper, U2. Slightly Stoopid) who also worked with the band on their last album.
“Passafire continues to stretch Easy Star’s sound and style,” says Lem Oppenheimer, co-founder of the label. “They bring a harder rock edge while still grounding their music in a progressive reggae base. They fit the mold of all of our artists: dedicated, hard working, touring their butts off, and never settling for what people expect of them.”
For their part, the band is excited to join the venerable label. Ted Bowne, lead singer/guitarist, says that they used to drive for hours to see bands like John Brown’s Body and Easy Star All-Stars, and that Easy Star always represented the finest bands and music in the genre. “We always pushed ourselves harder, seeing what Easy Star and the bands on the label were doing.”
Passafire has built a strong and growing following since forming in 2003 through the release of acclaimed albums and relentless touring. They have hit the road with 311, Rebelution, Pepper, The Expendables, Vans Warped Tour, The Wailers, The Green, John Brown's Body, and of course, Easy Star All-Stars.
Now that they have teamed up together, Passafire and Easy Star Records are ready to take things to the next level. " More info »
July 18, 2013PRE-ORDER HAWAI'I '13 BY THE GREEN
"Hawaii’s The Green are back with their anticipated new album, HAWAI'I '13, set for worldwide release on August 20 through Easy Star Records. HAWAI'I '13 is the band’s third studio album and was recorded and mixed with Danny Kalb (Ben Harper, Beck, Jack Johnson) mainly in Costa Mesa, CA, at Hurley Studios.
Starting July 16, HAWAI'I '13 is available for digital pre-order on iTunes. The CD and vinyl (please note the vinyl ships September 17) pre-order is available through the Easy Star Records web store, where fans can also add in newly designed Green tank tops for men or women. First week (7/16-7/23) pre-orders will also receive a 25% discount through the web store.
“The talent and creativity coming out of the band is getting stronger by the minute and the new album captures this growth beautifully” says Easy Star Records Co-Founder Eric Smith.
The first single off the new album - “Take Me On” - is already receiving heavy commercial radio airplay in Hawaii and is currently charting #3 on Oahu’s Island 98.5 FM.
HAWAI'I '13, recorded in February and March 2013, is the first Green album using a dedicated producer/engineer. Kalb, best known for his work with Ben Harper, was introduced to the band by Easy Star Records. Guitarist-vocalist Zion Thompson explains, “Danny was one of a few mixing engineers we had on our second album WAYS & MEANS. We were really happy with his work on that project and his overall vibe seemed right so we asked him to be our main guy for this record and the results are pretty magical.” " More info »
July 10, 2013PRE-ORDER PROGRESSIVE ROOTS VOL. 001 LP
"This spring, Easy Star teamed up with Rootfire to put together a limited edition vinyl release showcasing bands that were appearing at the 2013 California Roots Music & Arts Festival. The LP, of which only 1,000 will ever be pressed, features songs by The Green, Slightly Stoopid, Katchafire, Natural Vibrations, New Kingston, Tomorrows Bad Seeds, Stick Figure, Dub Trio, Stranger, Three Legged Fox and Kings & Comrades. The record officially comes out July 16, but you can pre-order it through July 10 at: " More info »
July 13, 2015BACKBEAT SOUNDSYSTEM
& PASSAFIRE TO TOUR UK
Two Easy Star bands are teaming up for the first time for five shows in the UK! dubbed the Reggae S… More »
June 25, 2015 officialTHE EXPANDERS DEBUT
#1 ON BILLBOARD REGGAE
The Expanders' Hustling Culture has impressively debuted at #1 on the Billboard Reggae chart… More »
June 18, 2015 officialTHE EXPANDERS' NEW
RECORD OUT NOW
For more than a decade, U.S. reggae artists have been building a foundation from the Hawaiian islan… More »
April 28, 2015GIANT PANDA GUERILLA …
March 31, 2015NEW KINGSTON RELEASE
February 25, 2015JBB RETURNS WITH
Easy Star Store: