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Album Review: The Aggrolites “REGGAE NOW!”

The Aggrolites have returned with their sixth studio album REGGAE NOW! a continuation of their unique brand of funky soulful skinhead reggae. This organ driven “dirty reggae” has almost never felt so tight and cohesive as what they put on display here.

“Pound for Pound” opens the album with a self-promotional dance number. “Boss of hot sauce or what else it may be, Aggro is Aggro stylistically” Jesse toasts over a classic Aggrolites rhythm so steady you could use it to set your watch. This upbeat rocksteady style gets revisited on several tracks, as “Groove Them Move Them” and “Aggro Reggae Party” are sure to be quick additions to summer party playlists. While songs “People Win” and “Help Man” deliver on a more classic Aggrolites sound, where the vocals are delivered with a little more power. Focusing more on delivering the story than harmonizing with the instruments. “Help Man” has the “Countryman Fiddle” style of storytelling that is extremely popular with fans, especially in a live setting.

REGGAE NOW! has The Aggrolites showcasing more of their soulful side. The first track to do this is “Say or Do” which sounds like it was directly lifted off an Alton Ellis album. It has the steady rhythm but the vocals sound poured directly from Motown and displays a deeper sense of emotion. “Love Me Tonight” follows with a beautiful love song that showcases some delightful vocal harmonies. Even the final track, the instrumental “Shadow Walk”, puts some emotion in a dub track.

Speaking of instrumentals there are several to be found here, as what would a roots reggae album be without at least a couple. However, other than “Shadow Walk” and “15 or 50”, these tracks do not do enough to differentiate themselves from the rest of the album. They are most certainly very danceable and may sound better in a live setting but here they tend to blur into the other songs without carving their own space. It makes for a serene playlist for the background, but does not quite draw the attention as some of the other songs found here.

The Aggrolites have always sounded like a punk band trying to play a traditional rocksteady reggae sound, where they would loosely incorporate many different styles of music into a unique blend they dubbed “dirty reggae”. On REGGAE NOW! they have fully evolved into a world class reggae band with a tight incorporation of jazz, funk, and blues. One could almost forget the “dirty” aspect to this sound as the music is as bright and clean as the Caribbean origins of the genre.

4/5 Stars



The Aggrolites release video for “Pound For Pound”

The Aggrolites, who recently released their album REGGAE NOW! via Pirates Press Records have released a video for a track from it. You can watch “Pound For Pound” below.

You can order physical copies of the record from the label now.



The Aggrolites announce new album and tour

The kings of dirty reggae The Aggrolites have announced that they are releasing a new album. REGGAE NOW! will be released May 24th via Pirates Press Records. The Aggrolites front-man Wagner had this to say about the upcoming album: “We wanted to keep it real,” Wagner says. “Even though we were proud of [2009 album] IV, we know we went outside the box a little on that one. This time around, we decided to keep it natural: Simple, two-chord reggae. It’s feel-good music. We know what people like out of us. Let’s just be us.”

You can check out the first track off the upcoming album below.

To celebrate the new album, The Aggrolites will be heading out on an extensive tour with The Long Beach Dub All-Stars beginning in late May and ending in early August. The Aggrolites last released IV back in 2009. 



The Mighty Mighty Bosstones announce support for annual Hometown Throwdown event

The Mighty Mighty Bosstones have announced the supporting acts for their annual three night Hometown Throwdown event, at the House of Blues in Boston. Joining The Bosstones this year will be: The Aggrolites, Stray Bullets (December 28th), Bedouin Soundclash, Reggae Workers of the World (December 29th) and Color Killer (December 30th).

You can grab tickets for Hometown Throwdown here.

The Mighty Mighty Bosstones released the album While We’re At It earlier this year, before embarking on a brief North American tour. Check out the video for the song “Mad Dash”, off the previously mentioned While We’re At It below



The Aggrolites announce first album in 7 years

California reggae rockers The Aggrolites have announced in a special interview that they will be releasing their first album in 7 years in the near future. In the interview, the band says that they are producing the new record all on their own and recording in their own studio. They also mentioned that fans can expect a sound closer to their earlier releases – a style they diverted from later on in their career.

The band is just about half way finished recording the release, so stay tuned for more details as they come to light. In the meantime, check out the full interview below.

The album will serve as a follow-up to the band’s 2011 album, Rugged Road. 



The Aggrolites announce tour of the UK and Europe

The Aggrolites have announced a month long tour that will take them across The UK and Europe. You can check out the dates below.

The Aggrolites released three new songs in November 2015.



The Aggrolites stream three new singles

California dirty reggae band The Aggrolites are streaming three new singles, “Help Man,” “Western Taipan,” and “Aggro Reggae Party.”

You can listen to all three songs below, and if you like what you hear you can purchase them here.



DS Photo Gallery: Mad Caddies, Aggrolites, Nathen Maxwell & The Bunny Gang at Slims, SF

Last Friday I was able to see three amazing bands perform at one of my favorite venues, Slim’s in San Francisco. Nathen Maxwell & The Original Bunny Gang, The Aggrolites, and Mad Caddies were to share the stage, and the air was ripe for a funky, bass-driven, night of ska and reggae.

Many may be familiar with Nathen Maxwell as bassist for Flogging Molly, but over the past several years, he has established himself as a really talented musician and front man. With his Original Bunny Gang, Maxwell & co are preparing to release their third studio album, “Thrive”, this fall through Hardline Entertainment. Nathen’s stage presence and energy were really a great way to kick off the night, with Aggrolites next to the stage.

It was almost as if there was a progression of noise, speed, and rambunctiousness as the night went on, as it should – and Aggrolites were front and center getting fans going. While it’s worth mentioning that San Francisco Bay Area fans in attendance could most definitely benefit from watching and learning how the old ska/reggae legends used to dance, and at least maybe take note. That being said, despite the clusterfuck of a ska ‘pit’, The Aggrolites played an amazing show. It’s always incredible watching organ players like Roger Rivas chopping up the ivory. It sounds so great and looks so cool! I don’t know how they do it.

The air was thick and warm, the scent of beer and smoke filled the heavy dance floor as ska/punk veterans Mad Caddies took the stage. Despite their longevity, I had managed to never before seen the group, so I was super stoked. After knocking out my photos I secured my gear and headed for the pit. This is the kind of music I grew up on, and the type I love most to dance to. Kinda crazy, kinda funky, jazzy, punky…it’s a great blend that the Caddies have been perfecting for over two decades. Although no ‘Road Rash’ or ‘The Gentleman’ were played, I left very satisfied, and very sweaty.

Have a look at all the photos from the night’s performances below.



Mad Caddies announce west coast tour with the Aggrolites and the Bunny Gang

California ska-punk veterans Mad Caddies have announced a short North American west coast tour for January 2015 with dirty reggae band the Aggrolites and the Bunny Gang (featuring Nathen Maxwell of Flogging Molly). Check out the dates below.

Mad Caddies’s latest album, Dirty Rice, was released on May 13th through Fat Wreck Chords.



Aggrolites add new US tour dates for 2013

California dirty reggae band The Aggrolites are currently working their way across the States for a run of dates that spans all of March and delves into April.

Check out the routing details here.

The Aggrolites are currently working on a new album.



Live Video: The Aggrolites full set in Spain (11/18/12)

A pretty high quality video has popped up on the interwebs of California dirty reggae band The Aggrolites performing an entire set from a show in Spain a couple weeks ago.  You can check it out here.

The Aggrolites are currently working on a new album.



Fun Fun Records releases children songs sampler featuring Greg Attonito (Bouncing Souls) and Jesse Wagner (The Aggrolites)

Mike Park, founder of long running Asian Man Records has launched a new label called Fun Fun Records, which will focus on releasing music for children and “all things positive” and they’ve just put out their first release.  It’s a free sampler download featuring kids music from Jess Wagner of The Aggrolites, Greg Attonito of Bouncing Souls and Mike Park himself.

You can download it for free here.



Video: The Aggrolites do stripped down version of “What A Complex”

A video has popped up on the interwebs of California dirty reggae band The Aggrolites performing a stripped down, acoustic version of their song “What A Comlex” at Lodo’s in Denver last week.  Check it out here.

the song appears on the band’s “IV” album, which was released in 2009 on Hellcat Records.

The band is getting set to hit the road alongside Old Man Markley and Brothers of Brazil, plus they’ll do a few gigs with Street Dogs. Check out the dates here.

The Aggrolites are currently working on a new album.



The Aggrolites announce tour dates with Old Man Markley, Brothers of Brazil, Street Dogs

California dirty reggae band The Aggrolites are getting set to hit the road alongside Old Man Markley and Brothers of Brazil, plus they’ll do a few gigs with Street Dogs.

Check out the dates here.

The Aggrolites are currently working on a new album.



Live Video: The Aggrolites in Portland, Oregon (March 9, 2012)

Last week The Aggrolites played a show at the Hawthorne Theater in Portland, Oregon and a film crew captured a  a video of songs like “Banana”, “Complicated Girl”, “You Got 5” and “Countryman Fiddle” with high quality audio.  Check it out here.

The Aggrolites are currently working on a new album.