From the very first song I was taken back down memory lane to my childhood growing up listening to The Wailers, UB40, Herbs, and Bob Marley.
But there’s something else going on here, something very different and very fresh that you don’t get with that old school reggae sound.
There’s a very big island influence in this sound, and a bunch of synth thrown in for good measure.
It’s pouring down outside but I feel like I’ve been transported to a beach with a beer and a “smoke” in hand, their self described “sunshine reggae with an island breeze” could not be more on the mark.
The soulful vocals rain heavy throughout, with a range of both vocal styles and vocalists and a lot of lyrical references to the reggae of old that we all grew up listening to.
Halfway through the album I’ve found it easy to see how Tomorrow People have managed to play the likes of Raggamuffin and Exodus festivals, and I can see a lot more on the horizon.
If you love that reggae skank or just need something to get you away from the bad weather in your life I highly suggest this new breed of NZ reggae, IRIE!
"New Zealand is flush with reggae bands of all descriptions, including many young ones vying for an audience and a record deal. But it's Wellington's Tomorrow People - named after the song by Bob Marley's son Ziggy - that's been the biggest success story of 2012." - Tom Cardy, The Dominion Post, NZ
Out of the 100+ reggae bands currently active in NZ, not one of them has moved up the ranks faster than Wellington band TOMORROW PEOPLE. From the garage to playing NZ’s Premier Reggae Festival ‘Raggamuffin’ and ‘A’ rotation on radio within a year, the band has gone from strength to strength showing no signs of slowing down.
A studio project turned live stage show, the eight-piece band are purveyors of what they describe as ‘sunshine reggae’. Focused on providing a mid-tempo sound that, while clearly reggae-centric, adds touches of dancehall ragga to its colour. It is a sound built around strong vocals, soothing harmonies, catchy hooks, aggressive ragga raps, and feel good riddims (rhythms).