The Black Seeds
Described in 2011 by Rolling Stone as "The Best Reggae band in the world right now" The Black Seeds infuse their incredible live show with raw energy and good vibes wherever they go, fuelling multi-platinum sales and a fast growing worldwide fan base.
While firmly based in the island grooves that inspired the birth of the band over a decade ago, The Black Seeds' sound casts a wide net, layering funk, soul, Afrobeat, and other eclectic elements over dub/reggae. It's "contemporary groove music with influences from soul and funk and reggae rhythms – and even rock on this album," explains guitarist/vocalist Barnaby Weir.
Originally formed back in 1998, The Black Seeds have their roots in the capital city of New Zealand, Wellington - a small, tight-knit creative community that in recent years has produced such things as The Lord Of The Rings films, and the comedy duo Flight Of The Conchords (Bret McKenzie, was an original Seeds member).
Fitting in with the laidback, outdoor Kiwi way of life, reggae music was warmly embraced in New Zealand in the 70’s, embedding itself into the fabric of New Zealand culture and sewing the seeds for a burgeoning local roots scene, of which the Seeds have been at the forefront.
Led by the vocals of Barnaby Weir and Daniel Weetman, lyrically The Black Seeds music expresses messages on different levels. Personal triumphs and failures, the fear of love, death, apathy, and relationships, give a personal insight into the lives of the musicians. Ultimately though, their songs are always under-pinned with an underlying positivity and optimism.
Described by the Clash Magazine as "one of the best live reggae acts on the planet", onstage their supremely danceable live shows have seen them become a regular fixture at many of the worlds leading music festivals.
The Black Seeds released their debut platinum selling album Keep On Pushing on Loop in 2001. Later that year Loop commissioned 14 remixes from New Zealand's top electronic producers which formed the remix album Pushed: Keep On Pushing Remixed.
The second album, 2004’s On The Sun, added a heavy dose of funk and soul to their dub reggae sound. Debuting at #3 in the New Zealand Charts, the album achieved double-platinum sales at home and included one of the bands biggest singles to date ‘So True’.
The release of their 3rd album Into the Dojo in 2007 signaled the beginning of the bands introduction to the rest of the world. After spending five consecutive weeks at No. 1 in the NZ album charts, the album was successfully released in Europe through Sonar Kollektiv, earning critical acclaim and airplay particularly in Germany and France.
After signed with trailblazing U.S label Easy Star Records in 2009, fourth album ‘Solid Ground’ continued to build the bands international fanbase with The Huffington Post describing it as “…a damn fine record…thick, bottom-heavy, and melodic” and JamBase as being at “ the forefront of reggae today and tomorrow”.
In 2009 the band released their first live album The Black Seeds Live: Vol 1 which featured live recordings captured between 2001 - 2009, followed by the Solid ground remix album Specials: Remixes And Versions From Solid Ground which featured remix contributions from fans.
The follow up to ‘Solid Ground’, ‘Dust And Dirt’ was released in 2012 and captures The Black Seeds characteristic brand of reggae-funk fusion at its most authentic and fundamental.