The Aggrolites have been tearing it up on their most recent tour in support of their latest album, Reggae Now! available via Pirates Press records. We chatted with them about the record, the tour, and all things Aggrolites.
What are you most excited about with this new tour?
First off, I’m stoked to get back on the road with new music, but what really makes this tour so awesome is that we are going out with some long-time friends: Long Beach Dub Allstars, Tomorrows Bad Seeds, and Mike Pinto! It’s like a big family on the road together. We are so honored to be a part of this run.
Are you going anywhere you haven’t played before or anywhere you’re stoked to return to?
I’m really excited to get back on the East Coast and Midwest. We recently went though Humboldt and Oregon, which is always an amazing drive. Such great scenic routes.
How do you feel about the new record and the material you’re playing from it? What’s your favorite song to play out so far?
We’re having a lot of fun playing new material off the new record. I think my favorite track so far live is “Pound For Pound.”
Is there anything else big you want to announce right now?
Yes. This September we will be hitting Japan, and in November, we will be going back to Europe. Keep up on the dates at aggroreggae.com.
What was the writing and recording process like for this latest record?
I think what worked best for this album was the fact that we did it on our own time and didn’t have any deadlines. We wanted to get back to our OG, dirty reggae sound. We wanted to give the fans what they’ve been asking for for years.
Who are some artists you’re all listening to right now?
We are all huge fans of anything Jamaica, from the ska/ rocksteady to the reggae era. Right now, I’ve been digging on a band called Brain Story. They are a soulful group based out of my hometown, Rialto, CA. You can check them out on Big Crown Records.
Any plans for new music coming out in the future?
As long as we are all on this planet, I can say we will continue to make music.
Is there anything else you’d like to add?
Yes. If you love a band, check out what they are influenced by. Don’t just stop at their sound. You might find yourself in a whole new world of music you love.