What does a band from Portland, OR know about rocksteady? It turns out quite a lot. From the opening track “Soul Vending,” Irie Idea show their ability to play groove-based dub while melding it with elements of punk and ska. Later in the album on tracks like “St. John’s Alley,” the band mixes in hallmarks of blues with a distorted harmonic making the album title Blues Like Sandpaper | Rocksteady Like Dirt seem overwhelmingly appropriate.
Out on May 13th, we at Surviving the Golden Age are pleased to bring you Irie Idea’s Blues Like Sandpaper | Rocksteady Like Dirt. Enjoy!