Niagara Gazette

August 15, 2013

The wait is almost over, Iration coming to Buffalo

By Thom Jennings
Night & Day

Night & Day — This week things begin to slow down on the concert front, for everyone but me as my two favorite performers come to town on back to back nights, Also coming to town, a Seattle-based rock band from the ‘90s, a Texas blues guitarist, an up-and-coming electronica band and a young reggae band from the West Coast.

Tonight in Buffalo, Todd Rundgren headlines the Thursday at Canalside show. It will be my third Todd show of the year and the 123 time I have seen him. Call it an obsession (my wife does) but I never get sick of hearing or seeing Todd. The current mini-tour features his “greatest hits” including “Hello It’s Me”, “I Saw the Light” and “Love is the Answer.” I will be seeing him in Akron on Aug. 31 with a full orchestra.

On Friday in Lockport, former Triumph guitarist Rik Emmett comes to town for a free show. I have seen Rik well over 50 times. Since leaving Triumph, Rik has amassed a great catalogue of solo material including his latest epic work “Marco’s Secret Songbook.” It is highly recommended.

On Friday at The Town Ballroom, synthpop sensations Owl City are on stage. The band formed in 2007 and in just a few short years they have already released a platinum selling album, “Ocean Eyes.” Just last month they released “The Midsummer Station-Acoustic EP.”

On Saturday at Seneca Niagara Casino’s Bears Den, Seattle rockers Candlebox will be coming to town. The band’s eponymous debut in 1993 went quadruple platinum. The band split up in 1999 but reformed in 2006 and has been steadily recording and touring since then.

The featured show this week is Iration at Buffalo’s Waiting Room on Tuesday. The reggae band from Santa Barbara, Calif., by way of Hawaii recently released its third album “Automatic.” They last played the area as an opener for Pepper.

Iration’s lead vocalist/guitarist Micah Pueschel spoke to me by phone as the band was finishing up the tail end of their tour supporting Sublime with Rome. Pueschel says the reception for the band’s latest album has been excellent.

“It hit number one on the Billboard reggae charts and number one on the iTunes charts. Not bad for some kids from Hawaii who are doing it on our own and put it out on our own record label.”

Iration started out as a band in California where the band members went to college. They had all known each other from when they attended high school together in Hawaii, and came together to form a band that played reggae covers.

Pueschel is quick to point out that they are more than just a reggae band.

“We play rock, and we play a lot of different styles. Our music is diverse and eclectic. On the new record you can hear a lot of styles and different things coming in to play.”

The group’s style reminds me of early Police when the band picked up a heavier reggae influence before moving toward the pop sound on “Synchronicity.”

It’s a solid album and Iration has already garnered a reputation as a great live act.

Thom Jennings covers the local music scene for Night & Day.

Thom Jennings covers the local music scene for Night & Day.