On April 16th, John Brown’s Body will be releasing their 8th full length studio album with Kings And Queens via Easy Star Records. As a treat, they’re giving away the 6th track off the album with the song “Dust Bowl”, this week only…
You can download John Brown’s Body’s “Dust Bowl” on our home page under the MP3 Leak of the Week on the right hand column! This download will only be available until Saturday, April 13th, 2013.
John Brown’s Body – “Dust Bowl”
“Kings And Queens” Background:
For the first time in 5 years, John Brown’s Body will release their 8th studio album Kings And Queens, via Easy Star Records. This is the group’s first full length album since the 2008 release of the #1 iTunes Reggae selling album Amplify.
Kings And Queens is described by the group as a synthesis of every aspect of John Brown’s Body’s storied career. After close to two decades of existence, this pioneering band has finally crafted their ultimate statement, tying together styles they’ve dabbled in, paid respect to, created, or pushed forward into one tightly woven mosaic. JBB’s Future Roots is now present tense.
John Brown’s Body’s “Future Roots” uses reggae as a foundation, but incorporates dub, drum and bass, and electro to create a sound both timeless and forward. With Kings And Queens JBB’s songs are more focused on sufferation, urban realities and overcoming, with songs like “Plantation,” “Empty Hands,” and “The Battle” sparking protest. As the group describes, this is not beach resort reggae. This is reality. The new album isn’t all dark with bright spots that include tracks such as “Shine Bright”, “Old John Brown”, “Searchlight”, “Dust Bowl” and love ballad “Fall On Deep”.
The album’s 12 tracks are rich with a full live sound & even balance of dark & upbeat songs. Of the 12 tracks, only four are under 5 minutes with one song “Deep Summer,” just over six minutes. Needless to say, the album has depth & the FREE song, “Dust Bowl”, is a shining example of the albums quality.
With the FREE song “Dust Bowl” featured on our homepage, the group described the track as an anti-fracking message, drawing some comparison to the depression era dust bowl that came about because of poor farming practices and drought, which was basically a man-made apocalypse.
You can pre-order the album via Easy Star Records by clicking HERE. The album will be available in both physical & digital format on Tuesday, April 16th & the LP will be available as soon as May 28th.
John Brown’s Body Background:
John Brown’s Body (or JBB) started making music nearly twenty years ago and haven’t stopped since. Following the release of Kings And Queens on April 16th, 2013, the Boston MA/Ithaca NY-based octet will have released eight studio albums, including 2008’s chart-topping (Billboard Reggae) “Amplify” and 2012’s “JBB In Dub EP.”
Several JBB albums have received international critical acclaim, and they have toured the globe with the likes of Dave Matthews Band, Further, STS9, J5 and fellow Easy Star Records alum The Black Seeds. JBB is known to fans around the world for their high octane live shows and progressive-reggae sound, dubbed as “Future Roots”—which features a unique blend of reggae rhythms, head-bobbing bass lines, horn-driven funk and ska, with a splash of dub.
John Brown’s Body On Tour…
Beginning at the Fete Ballroom in Providence, RI, the band will hit nine major cities along the East Coast, and through the Midwest. JBB is no stranger to keeping busy, having toured around the world and the United States extensively in the past five years. They are stealthy ninjas on the road, and their hard work has paid off.
Upcoming Tour Dates:
April 12 @ Fete Ballroom. Providence, RI
April 13 @ Sugarloaf Ski Resort. Carrabassett Valley, ME
April 19 @ Brooklyn Bowl. Brooklyn, NY *
April 20 @ Shakori Hills GrassRoots Festival. Pittsboro, NC
April 26 @ Water Street Music Hall. Rochester, NY
April 27 @ Paradise Rock Club. Boston, MA
May 18 @ Electric Factory. Philadelphia, PA **
May 25 @ Dark Star Jubilee Music Festival & Camp Out. Thornville, OH
May 26 @ Summer Camp Music Festival. Chillicothe, IL
*Performing with Easy Star All-Stars
** Performing with SOJA
John Brown’s Body Links:
John Brown’s Body Website
John Brown’s Body Facebook
John Brown’s Body Twitter
Easy Star Records Website
Huge thanks again to John Brown’s Body for sharing the song, “Dust Bowl”, to post up for FREE download. Free music is a privilege that we’re grateful for and we appreciate the work these artists do! Please feel free to download this song and spread the awareness to your friends!
Enjoy the FREE track on the homepage!
Article By: Mike Patti
Photo By: Heather Ainsworth
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