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ADDverse Effects

Portland, Oregon, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2012 | INDIE

Portland, Oregon, United States | INDIE
Established on Jan, 2012
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ADDverse Effects @ The Alhambra Theatre

Portland, Oregon, United States

Portland, Oregon, United States

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Sacramento, California, United States

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ADDVERSE EFFECTS: FROM REGGAE TO HIP HOP TO NORMAN TO PORTLAND

May 19, 2015 Michael Martin Spend Your Money Elsewhere

I first encountered ADDverse Effects playing at the Dunlop Codding building in Film Row. I walked away from the show with the hope that they would become Oklahoma’s A Tribe Called Quest for both the younger generation of people who listen to their local music scene and for the older generation who can appreciate the 90’s era of hip-hop. They have a sound that can be described as Joey Bada$$ backed by a trimmed-down version of The Roots.

But then they moved to Portland, so perhaps they are about to become Portland’s A Tribe Called Quest instead. Whichever city ends up getting to claim this innovative and fun hip hop group, I am still confident that their time will come when they will be embraced by the underground rap scene, not just in their region, but across the nation.

ADDverse Effects originally formed in Norman and cut their teeth in the vibrant indie music scene. They recently released an EP featuring some of their older work, but also a brand new song featuring Johnny Polygon. Frontman Joshua ‘Fiji’ Rehanek explained in an interview with Literati Press that the group started making their music with rhymes Rehanek had been writing since he was a teenager and beats that were made about a decade ago by their drummer/rapper, Boyd Littell.

Boyd had originally planned on forming a reggae band, but nothing ever materialized until he heard Rehanek perform. He recruited Rehanek, formed a temporary rhythm section, and rushed into rehearsals. In only a couple days, the group composed six songs just in time for their first live performance, including the fun, smart, and relatable “Live for the Moment.”

Rehanek describes the group’s music as eclectic and fun, something easy to get into at live shows. He also says that the band is willing to experiment with other instruments that you wouldn’t normally hear in a standard hip-hop song, such as an accordion on the song “Flex Five”. They try to keep a 50/50 balance between the rapping and the instrumental, which leads to a broader appeal without it coming off as trying to pander to as many people as possible. Before setting out for Portland, they recorded their debut EP, Just A Taste, at Blackwatch Studios in Norman.

The standout track is “Rock the Mic”, a bouncy back and forth hip hop song rooted in jazz which reaches the middle ground of innovative, but still approachable.

What I see as ADDverse Effects most appealing quality is they can be fun without being mind-numbingly watered down because they emphasize skill, both instrumentally and lyrically, but can be listened to by a wide variety of people ranging from casual listeners, to major hip-hop fans. You can get their music here or on iTunes, I highly suggest it for any listener of jazz or hip-hop music. - Literati Press


I contacted lead MC and band frontman Joshua "Fiji" Rehanek via email last week to discuss how the band’s shifting line-up and the above track.

“Rock the Mic” is one of the first tunes Rehanek wrote with bandmate Boyd Littell (drums/vocals) and the band’s early players. Rehanek said the song’s chorus pays homage to The Roots and early versions of the track had the duo emulating Busta Rhymes, QTip and Del the Funky Homosapien.

Benja Farber (bass), John Calvin (guitar), Michael Stafford (keys) and DJ Timmy B helped round out the rest of the track.

My favorite part of this track is trading verses with Boyd,” Rehanek said. “The catchy hook, energetic live performance and its intelligent nod to the old school make it one of our most well rounded tracks, an easy call for the EP.”
The final version of the song was recorded at Blackwatch Studios and undoubtedly contains a lot of the song’s live energy. ADDverse Effects is currently laying low while it searches for a new keyboardist, but Rehanek assured the band is staying busy in Portland. They’ve connected with other former Okies and have landed a monthly residency at the Eastburn.

The rest of “Juste a Taste” will get released through On Tap Records within the next few weeks. An ADDverse Effects LP is also in the works. - NewsOK


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If you are a rap group with a full rhythm section, I will probably like you to some degree. If you are a rap group with a full rhythm section which includes a white guy with dreads playing bass who is also wearing a Daft Punk t-shirt, then I will almost certainly like you.If you are a rap group with a full rhythm section that includes a white guy with dreads playing bass who is also wearing a Daft Punk t-shirt, performing a track about dropping acid while in the courtyard of a law firm at 7 pm in Film Row after being introduced by Rachel Hubbard of KOSU(an NPR affiliate), then I will really like you. If you finish your set with an Outkast cover, then it is most likely love. So, I love you Addverse Effects and I love you Oklahoma for becoming the type of city that is capable of sustaining so many ridiculous and beautiful ideas. - Literati Press


Boyd Littell, drummer for ADDverse, Effects, recently answered some questions about the group.

Q: Why, after sitting on the ADDverse instrumentals for so long, did you decide to actually put a band together?

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A: I was actually trying to start a reggae band with some of the same material. That folded, but while that wasn't working out, I saw Josh (“Fiji” Rehanik, MC) sitting in with local jam bands.

Nooch (John Fullbright drummer Giovanni Carnuccio) and Fiji talked about a set based on drums and rhymes. They got a hold of me and Steve Schaben from Green Lemon; I played bass. Right about that time, John Fullbright was taking off, and Nooch told me, “I'm going to be busy, and it's kind of natural anyway that you try to do something with this.” Steve was moving away, I moved to drums, and Benja (Farber, bassist) and John Calvin (guitarist) were on board from the reggae band.

I also noticed that my favorite new Norman band, The Samurai Conquistadors, their keyboardist (Michael Stafford) has a real Fender Rhodes. This hip-hop group I was in before, I put the drums and bass down for a few years and focused just on Rhodes. Most of these instrumentals I had were written from the Rhodes up.

Q: Was the fact that there's not really an established hip-hop scene or venue in Norman in mind as you put this together?

A: I know that The Deli and Opolis, the two primary venues, are both known for having anything. It's just by default that The Deli leans a little more toward Red Dirt or jam bands, folky singer-songwriters. In the past, there was whole lot more variety. Kind of the same for Opolis; it covers the opposite side of the spectrum.
Sometimes I worry a little that, because what we're doing is a very '90s hip-hop review, it might be too old for kids, but we're having an unexpected reaction. They seem to mostly know contemporary stuff, but they've only heard a little bit of the Tribe Called Quest/Common sound. They really prefer that; they just never knew how to get a hold of it or who to listen to.

Q: I heard rumblings about the band moving to Portland. What's the plan?

A:We're 100 percent gung-ho about it. We're waiting on the album. My original plan was to leave last May. I was just going to replace myself with a drummer and give them the songs, but we started having interest from people who could really help us out. I decided to stick around and get the band's opinion about everyone relocating there. We're hoping to get an album released by January or February.

— Becky Carman - The Oklahoman


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Channeling all the nostalgia of the Golden Age of Hip-Hop with genre-bending live instrumentation and blending it with all the energy of a punk show, ADDverse Effects aims to bring artistry and integrity back to the craft. Formed in Norman, OK the 5-piece (6 when DJ Timmy B joins the mix) was initially conceived by drummer/singer/composer Boyd ‘B-Side’ Littel and lead MC Joshua ‘Fiji’ Rehanek, in late summer 2013, after the 2 landed a short-notice opening gig with a couple other local musicians. With only 3 days to practice the band threw together a 45 minute set that went over like gangbusters. Littel and Rehanek instantly knew they had something special and decided to see the project through.

By October 2013 the line-up was set with the addition of bassist Benja ‘Benjasan’ Farber, pianist Michael ‘Mikey Keys’ Stafford, and guitarist John ‘Fat Cal’ Calvin. They played their 1st show as ADDverse Effects mid-December 2013 to a packed house at The Deli, in Norman, and quickly became a fan-favorite due to their tight compositions mixed with socially conscious and relatable lyrics, as well as a party starting, energetic live show. Their official coming out party was a 2 set bender at Norman Music Festival 6, April 2013, that garnered them both local and state wide accolades with The Oklahoma Gazette calling them ‘The Most Likely (Oklahoma) Band to Replace The Roots on the Late Show.’  Around the same time they began recording at Blackwatch Studios with acclaimed producer Jarod Evans (Sufjan Stevens, Flaming Lips, Broncho).

With the band playing shows at an increasing rate they decided to hire on guitarist Justin ‘J-Du’ Dupuis as a fill-in for Calvin who was already busy with several other bands. Dupuis eventually took over full-time as Calvin opted to pursue his solo career as a folk singer.

ADDverse continued building a statewide audience while also finding time to play some out of state gigs including Fayetteville, Arkansas’s famed Georges Majestic Lounge and Austin, TX for SXSW 2014 at The Buffalo Lounge. During this time they also decided to sign with local OKC grassroots label On Tap Records. Their hard work paid off in April 2014 when they were selected to play Norman Music Festival 7, this time as a Main Stage act alongside Bright Light Social Hour, Dead Meadow, Diarrhea Planet, Horse Thief, La Femme, and Caleb McGee. They have also shared the stage with Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey, The Mike Dillon Band, Afroman, Jabee, Johnny Polygon, Alan Doyle, Josh Sallee, DMNDCRKS(Frank Black, LTZ, Beetyman), Tallows, Vagabond Swing, and countless others.

In June 2014 the band relocated to Portland, OR in a move to bring their unique style to a larger market. Since moving, ADDverse has added local Portlandians Vincent Jaime on Guitar and Spencer Finnan on Keys, the band also released its debut EP ‘Just A Taste’, on March 26th, 2015, which spent time in the Top 50 on the  iTunes Hot Indie Hip-Hop chart and has garnered critical acclaim around the country.  The lead single 'Just A Taste' was selected as one of the Top 50 songs of 2014, in Oklahoma, by The Spy/NPR. Currently, they are stockpiling studio tracks in hopes of releasing another EP later this year as well as dropping their first full-length album in 2016. With a sound rooted deep in the foundations of Hip-Hop, that is able to branch out from Reggae, to acid jazz, to punk, to new wave, ADDverse Effects is creating its’ own lane while bringing the party and positivity with every sound they create.

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