Straight after the Lee Perry gig, me and the missus jump in the car and head over to the Concorde for the Roots Garden showcase. They’ve been going as a label since 2005 and showcase Brighton and London artists and anyone else they care to license as long as they produce quality Dub and Roots Reggae.
Mark Lamarr would occasionally play music from the label on his “God’s Jukebox” show and they’ve been putting on good Reggae nights in Brighton for years now.
Tonight they’ve got Brighton’s own Resonators and their take on the Rocksteady sound. A musical genre that evolved by slowing down Ska, Rocksteady was not even around for two years before it evolved yet again, this time into Reggae, so it’s interesting to go and see a live band who play this laid back style. They’ve had airplay from David Rodigan and Craig Charles amongst others, and have been regularly touring since the release of their debut album last year.
The songs are catchy and uplifting with dual vocalists Kassia Zermon and Faye Houston singing harmonies, alternatively singing lead or generally backing each other up. Their vocal styles complement each other and the band consisting of drums, bass, lead guitar, piano/keyboards, saxophone and trumpet play extermely well together.
A faultless set that goes down well on their home turf. Catch The Resonators if you get the chance to see them live.