Night & Day — 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.