Whether you catch them at a festival, in a crowded basement, at the TLA, on a rigged stage in a rustic barn, at a hiphop show or on a reggae bill, the Underwater Sounds will captivate listeners and create a unique listening experience.
Now 2 years young, this 4-piece has been described as a sort of reggae-funk-jam fusion, alternating between periods of technical precision and psychedelic improve. The Sounds strive to bring new ideas and unconventional approaches to reggae music; they do this while incorporating a strong female vocal and mindful informed lyrics.
In 2010, their self-titled record was voted #1 debut album by WXPN.org's The Key, and in 2011 the Underwater Sounds were nominated for 2 Asbury Park music awards, Best Groove Band and Top Female Vocalist.
Now, the band delivers it's sophomore full length album, Que Se Queda (That Which Remains), due for release in early 2012. Engineered and produced by Daoud Shaw (Van Morrison, Saturday Night Live, the Jerry Garcia Band) in Philadelphia, PA, the album is an ambitious effort--a sweeping variety of grooves laid over unusual rythyms, topped with captivating melodies.
The band has remained DIY in their efforts so far, booking several northeast tours for themselves and receiving opportunities to perform alongside the likes of such greats as The Slackers, Badfish: A Tribute to Sublime, Ivan Neville's Dumpstaphunk, Orgone, The English Beat, The Budos Band, The Heavy Pets, Particle, Leon Mobley Consider the Source, Splintered Sunlight, the Fear Nuttin Band, and Portugal the Man. They have played at such well-known venues as the World Cafe Live, the Kimmel Center for Performing Arts, the TLA, the Stone Pony, the Sherman Theater, Some Kind of Jam 6, and Stir Fry Music Revival 3.
"A blend of unique, catchy, and relative," their sound "can take them anywhere...at times beautiful, at other times angry, but mostly heavily invested in every emotion," the Underwater Sounds are eager to stay on the road and keep creating conscious music.