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Rise Up

by Roots Of Creation

"America's contribution to Reggae music: the Jam-Reggae hybrid." FEATURING SPECIAL GUESTS: members of John Browns Body/Slightly Stoopid, Sam Kininger, Gordon Stone
Genre: Reggae: Reggae rock
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8. Universal Soldier (feat. the John Browns Body Horns) ROOTS OF CREATION
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12. New Classic ROOTS OF CREATION
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13. Made For Me (feat. Gordon Stone) ROOTS OF CREATION
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
About their second studio album "RISE UP!"...

"And the music is mastery, poetry set to music, lyrics filled with
fire, quick changes, and variety rarely heard in Reggae. Did I mention
the Hip-hop, Punk, and Soul influences?"
- bloggingpoet.com

"This reggae-based group from the Northeast has proven their ingenuity on Rise Up, their second album. Using reggae's rhythms and mindset as a starting point, ROC proceeds to integrate the infectious hooks and songwriting of rock, the instrumental alchemy of jazz, and the pulse-pounding beats of hip-hop into their energetic sound. "
- Bryan Rodgers, HGMN

FEATURING SPECIAL GUESTS.
Sam Kininger (Soulive) on Tenor Saxophone on the track: "That' How strong My Love is, Gordon Stone (Phish, Moe, Strangefolk) on Pedal Steel on the track "Made For Me", and the horn sections of John Browns Body/Slightly Stoopid on the track, "Universal Soldier"!

RISE UP was recorded, mixed, and co-produced by Pete "Boardz" Peloquin (O.A.R., Gov't Mule, Drop Kick Murphys) @ Studio Metronome (www.studiometronome.com).

The album includes ROC favorites like "Rise Up!", "Universal Soldier",and even their own rendition of the Otis Redding classic "That's How Strong My Love Is".

RISE UP! pairs excellent songwriting with the energy put forth by ROC every time they take the stage. Creating and defining their own Reggae/Rock sound while incorporating elements of Dub, Dancehall, Live Electronica, Hip-Hop, and Funk.

This album is quite a step up from their first album...
it is in a full color digipack with a 8 page booklet with all the lyrics.


About ROC...

Formed in 1999, ROOTS OF CREATION have persevered by creating great original music and working hard. In the past 2 years they have started their own record label, toured constantly, released two full-length studio albums, signed with In The Pocket Artists booking agency and Leeway's Home Grown Music Network, got world wide record distribution, and managed themselves all on their own without major label support.

"...Since then, they’ve become kingpings on the happening Jam scene, setting themselves apart with music that is fused with some strict social values and a desire to save the world. Superheroes? Maybe a little. Their sound is reminiscent of Sublime and Phish, but fused with the hard edges of social commentary on which Rage Against the Machine built their own legend. Playing for AIDS walks, food drives, and peace and social justice events, they keep it real not only by bolstering the spirits of their easy going listeners, but also by putting their money where their mouths (and obviously hearts) are – into charitable and social causes.”
-Rebecca Carter-The Pulse-Worchester, MA


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homegrown music network

This reggae-based group from the Northeast has proven their ingenuity on Rise Up
This reggae-based group from the Northeast has proven their ingenuity on Rise Up, their second album. Using reggae's rhythms and mindset as a starting point, ROC proceeds to integrate the infectious hooks and songwriting of rock, the instrumental alchemy of jazz, and the pulse-pounding beats of hip-hop into their energetic sound.
-homegrown music network

The Hippo Press, Machester NH, Erica Febre

An audience member at a recent show came up to Roots of Creation, an improvisati
High on energy
The reggae of Roots of Creation
By Erica Febre efebre@hippopress.com

An audience member at a recent show came up to Roots of Creation, an improvisational reggae rock band, and said, “you guys sound like Black Sabbath meets Bob Marley.”

Roots of Creation — which has elements of dub, dancehall, live electronica, hip-hop and funk — originated in Brookline and now is based in Boston. The group is celebrating the release of its new album, Rise Up. Their first album, The End of the Beginning, was released in 2004. Both albums were released under Bombshelter Records, an independent label.

“Our musical roots are with reggae. We throw in other instrumental influences in as well but, lyrically, we’re influenced by reggae music. We’re making reggae using our own style but, at the same time, respecting the fundamental elements of reggae music,” said Brett Wilson, on lead vocals, electric and acoustic guitar with Roots of Creation.

Roots of Creation includes Wilson, who is the founder of Bombshelter Records; Mike Chadinha on drums, percussion SPDS sampler pad and vocals; Tal Pearson on keyboards, and Ian Stich with bass and basslines doubled on electric guitar.

The new album features a number of guest musicians including Jay Fellito on the track “Proggae,” playing the bass guitar; Gordon Stone (Phish, Moe, Strange Folk), Drew Sawyer, Christopher “C-Money” Welter, Brian Thomas, Sam Kininger (Soulive), Ras Howard Henry and Ron “Eric” Burgundy.

“Some fans say that they like us because we’re kind of Sublime-ish. We get heavy sometimes and we’re militant and sometimes we go leftist on things. Originally we never set out for a reggae band, but it influenced us and we just kind of progressed into being reggae,” Wilson said.

Unity of mankind, world peace and “feelin’ irie” is a theme prominent in most reggae music and Roots of Creation features a number of tracks expressing the desire to end social segregation, end war and secure absolute freedom and liberation for all.

And the album just wouldn’t have a reggae feel without tracks emphasizing the legalization of marijuana. Rise Up features such two tracks: a funky track called “Legalize and Tax It” and “Breathe It, Exhale,” which says that “smoking green is a part of self-expression.”

“It’s like a symbiotic relationship between the crowd and us. If the crowd’s really getting into it, we’re feeding off the crowd. It’s a really high-energy show,” Wilson said.

Jimi Devine/Eraven

Roots was attempting to pull the energy from their live shows and put it on this
Roots was attempting to pull the energy from their live shows and put it on this Rock/Reggae album while incorporating elements of Dub, Dancehall, Live Electronica, Hip-Hop, and Funk. The album features the Root's classic and title track "Rise Up!" along with other standout songs like ?Babylon? and the jam tune "Proggae." The album as a whole is extremely solid but some songs just really stick out for how catchy they are. I highly recommend anyone who enjoys the Roots live performances buy this great album. It's definitely worth your money if you enjoy bands like Sublime and Phish.

Billy Jones

And the music is mastery, poetry set to music, lyrics filled with...
Rise Up With The Roots Of Creation
What is it about good Reggae that makes fat white boys like me want to
get up and dance? Okay, okay, I'll save you from any more disturbing
mental images and get on with the review.

A Reggae based jam band, Roots of Creation has been touring New
England since 1999 and now with the release of their second CD., Rise
Up they're on tour again and headed south loaded to the hilt with
lyrics, riffs, and Rock influenced Reggae aimed at me and you with
upcoming shows as far south as Arlington and Richmond, Virginia,
Atlantic Beach, North Carolina, and Kill Devil Hills, NC.



Listening to the CD., I was especially impressed by the balance of
musical styles and lyrics with a strong message of peace, love, the
lives of the working class, and social justice issues that probably
won't win them any points with the Bushs, Clearchannels, Sonys, and
Rupert Murdochs of the world but need to be said anyway. Man, does
this stuff ever take me back!

And the music is mastery, poetry set to music, lyrics filled with
fire, quick changes, and variety rarely heard in Reggae. Did I mention
the Hip-hop, Punk, and Soul influences?

Imagine a world where music dictated to politicians instead of the
other way around, and the battle of the bands was as bad as war ever
got. A Reggae band from New England? Yeah, that's what I thought too,
but the spirit of Bob Marley lives on in the Roots Of Creation.

Michael Popke/Sea of Tranquility

The band’s lyrical link, however, keeps this music connected.
Rock and reggae have always been odd bedfellows, and bands that fuse the two disparate genres often struggle for fans with deep roots on either side. But then along comes Roots of Creation – a quartet from, of all places, Boston – that deftly if not delicately blurs Bob Marley, P.O.D., Rage Against the Machine and Phish influences. Heck Phish’s Gordon Stone even shows up and plays pedal-steel guitar on one track. Granted, Rise Up, the band’s second album, boasts its fair share of electronica, hip-hop and funk that could grate on the nerves of some listeners. But Roots of Creation, in bursts of what can only be described as musical schizophrenia, also shows off well-crafted and complex songs like the brilliant instrumentals “New Creation” and “Proggae” (rejoice, prog heads!), as well as parts of “Peace, Love and Music,” “Made For Me” and “That's How Strong My Love Is” that reveal the band’s musical dexterity by embracing rock, prog and jamband sensibilities. Listening to Roots of Creation really is like hearing three different albums by three different artists with the player set on “shuffle.” The band’s lyrical link, however, keeps this music connected. Whether lamenting the war in Iraq (or anywhere, really) on “Universal Soldier” or condoning the use of marijuana on “Legalize and Tax It,” members of Roots of Creation aren’t afraid to take a stand and voice their opinions. The band’s lyrics are just as challenging as its music, and almost as compelling.

Ben Watkins

How big are they gonna get?
 
 
Roots Of Creation - Rise Up
Review by Ben Watkins

WOW! Let me start off by saying that this is most definitely not your average reggae album. For me, I'm not the biggest fan of reggae. I totally would enjoy listening if it was playing but it would not be my first choice to pop in the CD player. But oh... not so with Roots Of Creation. There is so much more going on with these guys. Sure you've got your typical reggae type songs in there but it's not all just spoon fed reggae. Rock, blues and funk mixed with a little Santana type latin feel. You say to yourself, "Oh my God, there is that much involved with these guys? " YES.
I started listening and the first song was Rise Up! I thought to myself, "ok, its reggae and it sounds nice". Not too excited about it. In retrospect, this song turned out to be a great invitation to listen to the album.
I'm not going to do a song by song review of the CD, I'm just going to talk about what songs make this CD different, really different. It's all good trust me.
What intrigued me was the second song, Dubomb. Here we go I thought to myself. Once again, in retrospect, this song pretty much sums up what I was mentioning in the opening of this review. Completely an instrumental - it just comes out and rocks you.
Proggae is another good example of the diversity of the band. Still holding strong with a reggae feel, it exhibits a little more of the Latin feel and blues rock I spoke of earlier. Strangely it's another instrumental. Unlike Dubomb this song goes on a little journey. It starts off with a little piano piece that is quickly left behind and then the journey begins. The flanged hi hat mid way thru is a great little treat. I could go on, but you will just have to have listen for yourself.
Peace Love And Music is another example of the rock that resides within Roots. The song is pure rock with its reggae verses going back and forth. The fat soloing guitar of Brett Wilson that pops out here and there as well as all over the album is awesome. It's this guitar playing that has really drawn me to like the album even more.
Breath it > Exhale and Made For Me. Breath It is a great little blues acoustic jam. Thru the whole album and this song there's some awesome organ and piano work going on from Tal Pearson. That fat guitar work of Brett is back alive in this song as well. Made For Me is a little more poppy and if I dare say a little on the country side. The song still has the rawness of rock and reggae to keep things legit though. The work on the petal-steel from Gordon Stone was also a nice touch.
Sorry I Had To Go, I am too. More great organ work from Tal going on here. This tune is really a great jam to chill to. Although I'm sure the song is not about being the last song, I felt they were in a way saying good bye to me. I'll tell you, I thoroughly enjoyed the journey, even though I had to wait another two minutes until it truly ended. Thanks!
Universal Soldiers, Death March, That's How Strong My Love Is (a rendition of an Otis Reding classic) and all the rest are great, too. The album is really a good listen and you can tell the guys put a lot of hard work into it. I gotta say, it paid off.
So in closing, everybody Rise Up! and go pick yourself up a copy of Roots of Creations latest CD. It truly rocks!

chester walnut

This CD has totally taken over my CD player at work and at home
I was lucky enough to catch your last set when you played in Kalamazoo and
really appreciated what you guys were doing. After the show I spoke with
Brett, who said he was out of practice, and almost as an afterthought I
bought your CD. I'll be honest, I thought I would listen to it a couple of
times, grow bored with it and put it away for a decade or two; was I
mistaken. This CD has totally taken over my CD player at work and at home.
Each of your songs bring a new and varied list of possible influences; but
you have married them all with such honesty and integrity that they all ring
true. Excellent job, and please keep practicing because I want to hear you
for a while to come.

Casey Rea

Their new CD, RISE UP, features both guitar crunch and skank-friendly rhythms.
RASTA RECALIBRATION
by Casey Rea

Boston-Based ROOTS OF CREATION are the latest in the long line of bands to combine elements of reggae and improvisational rock. Their new CD, RISE UP, features both guitar crunch and skank-friendly rhythms. The band makes an appearance at Nectar's on Saturday, Sept. 30th, with Riding Shotgun.
With his white-soul croon and confident machismo, front man Brett Wilson bears some similarities to deceased Sublime chief Bradley Nowell. Bassist Jay Felitto has a great tone, a chest rumbling, dub style splat. The band delivers a solid, that will no doubt satisfy those looking for deftly played progressive reggae.
Oh, yeah, Vermont's own Gordon Stone makes an appearance on the record. Whaddya bet he's at the show?

berkshire eagle

We try to deliver a solid rock \'n\' roll show and take it to places, chang it u
Nightlights
Upholding freedom through song
By Dave Madeloni, Special to The Eagle
Thursday, October 05
The roots of Roots Of Creation began growing seven years ago into the musical soil of southern New Hampshire when guitarist/vocalist Brett Wilson was still in high school. "I was into the jamband scene but saw a void in good songwriting that actually had something to say" he recalled in a recent email exchange. "Then I went to Franklin Pierce College where I met keyboardist Tal Pearson and drummer Mike Chadinha. The connection was obvious and instant."
That musical chemistry took the reggae/rock band — who just released "Rise Up," their second studio effort, last month and will be hosting a CD release party at La Cocina on Saturday night — to a new level. Wilson recalled a

Root of Creation
show from an unusual venue that exemplified the reformed group's ability to connect with an audience. "We played at an infamous trailer called Trailer No. 9. We would pack in 120-plus people into this trailer made for four people to live in. It would sway and shake to the rhythm of the music. There were girls dancing on tables drinking boxes of wine and we felt like rock stars!"
After graduating two years ago, the band decided to make a determined go of it, starting their own label, buying a van, and taking their ever-evolving, improvisational blend of reggae, funk, dub, jazz, rock, hip-hop and spiritual socially-conscious lyrics on the road, touring the south and playing more than 150 gigs last year alone.
"Rise Up" documents and expands on the foursome's sound, with guest turns from Gordon Stone, formerly of Phish, who adds pedal steel to "Made For Me," Soulive's Sam Kininger laying down some soulful sax on Otis Redding's "That's How Strong My Love Is," C-Money of John Brown's Body adds some trumpet flourishes while Jamaican Dub poet Ras Howard Henry contributes some of his wordplay to the record.
Wilson talked about those contributions and his vision for the new CD. "All the special guests we have on our record we met on the road. I have been fans of all of them before playing with them and it was great honor to make music together with all of them.
"I have been planning this record for a long time and knew I wanted people I respected and who could bring a fresh original flavor that would make this album special and make it something that our fans would want."
For the most part, it has been Roots of Creation's synergetic live shows that brought those fans into the fold. "Musically, we're much tighter," said drummer Mike Chadinha. "In the last year we've learned how to read each other on stage much better then before. We're able sit in the pocket better and really lock in."
Tal Pearson, whose keyboards bring depth and color to ROC's sound added, "We try to deliver a solid rock 'n' roll show and take it to places, chang it up every show and make people move. Mike brings some thunder with precision and Brett the overall musical shape and mold. Jay gives us the deep end ... and vast knowledge."
Pearson was referring to their newest member, bassist Jay Felitto, who added, "The opportunity to give people something positive and have it make their life better in some way even if just for a couple of moments is the greatest part."
Wilson agreed, citing ROC's socially conscious approach. "We all have a responsibility to our society to help uphold our freedoms, justice, the pursuit of happiness, the creation of new ideas and the ability to express yourself to show people that they are not alone in the trials and tribulations of the human condition."
La Cocina is located at 140 Wahconah St., Pittsfield.

Russ the Punk

Roots of Creation is a damn good reggae band making damn good reggae music in an
I've grown a bit disappointed with myself, to be quite honest. Three good reviews in a row is not in my character, but Rise Up by Roots of Creation makes the third straight solid album I've received for review. And these white boys make for convincing Rastafarians, were it not for the lack of pigment.

Roots of Creation is a damn good reggae band making damn good reggae music in an era where the genre has more or less fallen off the map. Bob Marley's Legend has sold upwards of twelve million copies, and novelties such as Matisyahu are generating interest, but for the real roots we here in America are left wanting. ROC play with a true heritage and yet are still adventurous; they are everything reggae should be and elude predictability. Everything flows smoother than water and, even if you're a dipshit conservative who hates the idea of human freedom, the music is simply appealing to the ear of man. I found myself getting lost in the balance and fluidity of these grooves more often than not; "Babylon" feels considerably less than five minutes in length with its sonic peaks and valleys.

The lyrics are equally strong. Although reggae and dub are simply not themselves without songs of innocence and carefree love, the politics are very subtle and sensible. The constant drone of "Babylon will fall" brings a smile to my anarchist face, and it's all politics with a small "p." Nothing is forced or ambiguous in dynamic, and everything is seen from the angle of the populace en masse. It's the sort of riotous feeling that stirs up one's soul, causing people to pump their fists worldwide and shouting "Hell yeah!" That's right, the Sixties are back, seventy-two minutes at a time. I especially liked the operetta of "Peace, Love and Music," an accurate retelling of Woodstock and its whorishly commercialized reincarnations of '94 and '99, in addition to the packaging and profiteering of revolutionary momentum everywhere. Such is reggae, such is music, such is life.

Some key tracks include "Rise up," "Babylon," "Peace, Love, and Music," and "Legalize and Tax It." Roots of Creation are: Brett Wilson (Vox/Guitar), Tal Pearson (Keyboards/Melodica), Mike Chadinha (Drums/Percussion/Vox), and Jey Felitto (Bass/Vox).
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