At first I wasn’t really sure to think, just hearing those twangy island tones wasn’t doing it for me, then the lyrics dropped. This Hawaiian/Oregon hip-hop duo are quickly turning heads in the Southern Cali spot of San Diego, bringing a completely new style of their own to the game with music that almost ‘forces’ you to block out anything but the insane lyrical flow of Pana Jones. They definitely give themselves a very original musical description to match this new style:
Lyrics with substance braided through headnotic rhythms. Hawaii meets Oregon to form Hip Hop duo, Blackwater Refuge.
I see a very bright future for this crew right here, as they work hard to bring a new sound and change the game of hip-hop. One thing is for certain, they are fresh as hell online and nearly impossible to find unless you’ve seen their Facebook Page or their Youtube Channel. After hearing this next track here it was an obvious must for the post, so hope you enjoy “Love For Love” as much as we did.
Written By: Mark G. Valente | Online Marketing Director | @MarkwithMWL
Living in LA is in a word, exciting. There’s something magical about this city and cool things seem to happen here that normally wouldn’t happen any where else and for some crazy reason I keep getting to experience them. My dad calls it “falling up,” but I think it’s just dumb luck. So now imagine this: A breezy mountain top over looking the Malibu Pier and the ocean with the bright Santa Monica Sky Line looming in the distance as the only sign of real civilization. I’m standing on top of a roof that extends into a cliff. The roof belongs to the Lloyd Wright (as in Frank Lloyd Wright) family and the sweet sounds of Grouplove echoing from the large deck/ stage surrounded by giant rocks and streams are creating an experience I’ll never forget. And to top it all off there was BBQ. The party was sponsored by Mini Cooper and the headliner was Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, but this blogs not about them. It’s all about Grouplove and their new amazing self titled EP.
Grouplove – Naked Kids
Released independently last year this record is a party. Good ole fashion rock and roll with attitude. Dirty acoutic guitars and the gritty vocals of Christian Zucconi are the driving force. The band consisting of Hannah Hooper, Sean Gadd, Ryan Rabin and Andrew Wessen add even more awesomeness. Reminiscent of Modest Mouse or The Raconteurs the talent and potential this band has is obvious. Their live show was a massive ball of energy that warmed up the crowd on a chilly California night.
Their most recent/ only release is a five song EP. Top to bottom its solid and a great initial effort. It’s more then enough to spark attention and make me wait patiently for a full length offering. My favorite song on the record is called “Colours.” Lyrics are great and the melody is comletly original. It’s only been stuck in my head for about a month.
Grouplove – Colours
A lot of bands meet in high school/ college or through people they meet at shows or through common friends. Grouplove met on the island of Crete and reconviened in LA to create this EP and tour under the Grouplove moniker. They are gaining momentum world wide having appeared on TV and radio. This summer they are touring heavily and starting to play some big festivals.
It’s no surprise that a group of globetrotters would be on tour. They are currently in the UK and on June 3rd they are headlining The Satellite Lounge in Silverlake. They are also playing spots at this years Lollapalooza (Chicago) and Glastonbury Festivals (UK). All their tour dates are listed HERE.
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