Thursday, December 14, 2006

Aggrolites on tour

Rolling Stone Calls Hellcat Debut “Ideal For Your Next Soul Shakedown Party”
The Aggrolites – leading purveyors of dirty reggae – will be ringing in the New Year with their fusion of late ‘60s Jamaican Reggae, funk and classic American soul. Commencing December 29 at the House of Blues in Anaheim, the Southern California-based quintet’s four night trek wraps January 1 at the Alpine in Ventura.
Led by guitarist Brian Dixon and frontman Jesse Wagner, the band – which also counts bassist J Bonner, keyboardist Roger Rivas and drummer Korey “Kingston” Horn – skillfully adds their own brand of raw intensity and grit to an authentic stew that’s been compared to the likes of Lee Perry, Bob Marley, James Brown, WAR and Toots & The Maytalls.
Reflecting a deep love for reggae, rocksteady and ska, The Aggrolites, which dropped on May 9, 2006, is a nineteen-song mix of sing-alongs and instrumentals that sounds as if it could have emerged out of Kingston circa 1967.
Praise for the band has been weighty. Rolling Stone gave the disc three and a half stars, calling it, “a glorious surprising treat” and “ideal for your next soul shakedown party.” Meanwhile, Aversion wrote, “[it is] so true to form that, were it not for the modern production, they would be virtually indistinguishable from lost Studio One tracks.” With exposure via L.A.’s influential Indie 103.1, plus opening stints for Madness, Rancid, Flogging Molly, The Selecter and The Slackers, The Aggrolites are on the move. Catch ‘em if you can.
The Aggrolites Tour Dates Are As Follows:
12/29/2006 House of Blues Anaheim CA
12/30/2006 House of Blues West Hollywood CA 12/31/2006 Slim’s San Francisco CA 01/01/2007 Alpine Ventura CA

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