Spiritual Rez
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Spiritual Rez

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Boston, Massachusetts, United States
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"Local Rock Riddles - BOSTON METRO"

Whats white, has 20 arms, has 843 friends on MySpace, plays reggae music, and is trying to raise money for victims of hurricane Katrina? No, its not the friendly albino Rasta monster from New Orleans, its Spiritual Rez, the local 10-piece who brings their quality grooves and one-drops to the Pour House tonight, 909 Boylsten Street, where money raised will be donated to the Red Cross in suport of victims. The Pour House's servers and bartenders, as well as bartenders from around the city who will also work the event, are donating every penny made from the bar to the Red Cross. Spiritual Rez performs two sets: one at 8:15 p.m. and the other at 10:30 p.m.


(Total money raised at event $22,500) - Boston METRO


"Spiritual Rez is making their mark on the Boston music scene - SIMMONS COLLEGE"

“Spiritual Rez will jump from the garage to the top of the music charts!” - Simmons Voice


"Spiritual Rez is making their mark on the Boston music scene - SIMMONS COLLEGE"

“Spiritual Rez will jump from the garage to the top of the music charts!” - Simmons Voice


"Local reggae funk band on the road to stardom - BERKLEE COLLEGE OF MUSIC"

"They're addicting!" - The Groove, Boston, MA


"Local reggae funk band on the road to stardom - BERKLEE COLLEGE OF MUSIC"

"They're addicting!" - The Groove, Boston, MA


"Quote from Live! Nation"

Most legitimate bands must first leave the Boston market to find real success here. In a city overflowing with talented artists and a revolving door population of students, it is difficult for a band’s roots to take hold. However through quality musicianship and a business-minded determination, SPIRITUAL REZ has built up a solid fan base in Boston and other markets all over the northeast. By writing real songs that grab you (and make you want to dance!), utilizing extensive grass roots promotion, playing incredible live shows, and releasing their latest studio recording, rising in the east, SPIRITUAL REZ is a fast rising star power poised for greatness. Watch out for these guys!

-Michael Warner
Live! Nation NE talent buyer
- Michael Warner - talent buyer/Northeast region


"Quote from Live! Nation"

Most legitimate bands must first leave the Boston market to find real success here. In a city overflowing with talented artists and a revolving door population of students, it is difficult for a band’s roots to take hold. However through quality musicianship and a business-minded determination, SPIRITUAL REZ has built up a solid fan base in Boston and other markets all over the northeast. By writing real songs that grab you (and make you want to dance!), utilizing extensive grass roots promotion, playing incredible live shows, and releasing their latest studio recording, rising in the east, SPIRITUAL REZ is a fast rising star power poised for greatness. Watch out for these guys!

-Michael Warner
Live! Nation NE talent buyer
- Michael Warner - talent buyer/Northeast region


"Quote from RockOn Concerts"

Spiritual Rez is a an attraction to look out for - they seemlessly blend true roots reggae with a consciouness raising spirit and unbeatable charisma with something that many roots reggae bands lack: really good catchy songs! The kind of songs you find yourself singing in the shower weeks later after seeing the band. They will be a magnet for future success accross the country and eventually worldwide!

Dan Millen
RockOn Concerts
- Dan Millen - talent buyer


"Quote from RockOn Concerts"

Spiritual Rez is a an attraction to look out for - they seemlessly blend true roots reggae with a consciouness raising spirit and unbeatable charisma with something that many roots reggae bands lack: really good catchy songs! The kind of songs you find yourself singing in the shower weeks later after seeing the band. They will be a magnet for future success accross the country and eventually worldwide!

Dan Millen
RockOn Concerts
- Dan Millen - talent buyer


"Unleashed2 shows promise in future of MAD Dragon Records - DREXEL UNIVERSITY"

Drexel's student-run record label, MAD Dragon Records, celebrated the release of Unleashed2, the second compilation from the label, featuring twenty independent artists, four of which are signed to Mad Dragon.

The release date for Unleashed2 is June 27, and it will be available in retail throughout the mid-Atlantic.

The artists chosen for the compilation include former Ben Lee guitarist McGowan, Philly's own Liam & Me, former Jimmy's Chicken Shack artist News Travels Fast, Drexel alumni the A-Sides, Berklee College of Music's SPIRITUAL REZ, Mieka Pauley, The Extraordinaires, Mittens, Katherine Rhoda, Afterdrama, The Jangling Sparrows, Jupiter Sunrise, Acme Rock Group, Darcie Miner, Liam's Wake, and Christopher Jankoski.
- The Triangle Online - Drexel University


"Unleashed2 shows promise in future of MAD Dragon Records - DREXEL UNIVERSITY"

Drexel's student-run record label, MAD Dragon Records, celebrated the release of Unleashed2, the second compilation from the label, featuring twenty independent artists, four of which are signed to Mad Dragon.

The release date for Unleashed2 is June 27, and it will be available in retail throughout the mid-Atlantic.

The artists chosen for the compilation include former Ben Lee guitarist McGowan, Philly's own Liam & Me, former Jimmy's Chicken Shack artist News Travels Fast, Drexel alumni the A-Sides, Berklee College of Music's SPIRITUAL REZ, Mieka Pauley, The Extraordinaires, Mittens, Katherine Rhoda, Afterdrama, The Jangling Sparrows, Jupiter Sunrise, Acme Rock Group, Darcie Miner, Liam's Wake, and Christopher Jankoski.
- The Triangle Online - Drexel University


"P-DAY @ ST. MICHAEL'S COLLEGE"


“I’ve only heard positive things,” Gladding said. - director of student activites.

Christine Hultgren, one of next year’s secretaries of programming, said students were impressed with the activities and music by Spiritual Rez. “Everyone had an absolute blast!” - St. Michael's College Newspaper


"P-DAY @ ST. MICHAEL'S COLLEGE"


“I’ve only heard positive things,” Gladding said. - director of student activites.

Christine Hultgren, one of next year’s secretaries of programming, said students were impressed with the activities and music by Spiritual Rez. “Everyone had an absolute blast!” - St. Michael's College Newspaper


"Earth & Music Festival - INDIANA UNIVERSITY"

Earth & Music Festival
Celebrate Earth Day by surrounding yourself with fun people & great music! All activities are in Dunn Meadow (6th & Indiana). See details below:

MUSIC: (1:30 pm - 11:00 pm)

1:30 - 2:45 p.m. To be announced...
2:45 - 4:00 p.m. Espaso
4:00 - 5:15 p.m. Baraka
5:15 - 6:30 p.m. Shaggy Wonda ( http://www.shaggywonda.com/index.html )
6:30 - 7:45 p.m. Money Bags Jones
7:45 - 9:00 p.m. Percival Pots

9:00 - 11:00 p.m. SPIRITUAL REZ
This 10-piece funk/reggae orchestra from Boston is taking the country by storm. They will be bringing their diverse sound to the stage at the Earth and Music festival this year. http://www.spiritualrez.com - Indiana University


"Earth & Music Festival - INDIANA UNIVERSITY"

Earth & Music Festival
Celebrate Earth Day by surrounding yourself with fun people & great music! All activities are in Dunn Meadow (6th & Indiana). See details below:

MUSIC: (1:30 pm - 11:00 pm)

1:30 - 2:45 p.m. To be announced...
2:45 - 4:00 p.m. Espaso
4:00 - 5:15 p.m. Baraka
5:15 - 6:30 p.m. Shaggy Wonda ( http://www.shaggywonda.com/index.html )
6:30 - 7:45 p.m. Money Bags Jones
7:45 - 9:00 p.m. Percival Pots

9:00 - 11:00 p.m. SPIRITUAL REZ
This 10-piece funk/reggae orchestra from Boston is taking the country by storm. They will be bringing their diverse sound to the stage at the Earth and Music festival this year. http://www.spiritualrez.com - Indiana University


"Fantastic debut from funky reggae band"

saw these guys open for Badfish (a tribute band for Sublime) and witnessed them totally blow the headliner away! I bought this CD as the show ended, thinking I would never see their album again. Thankfully they made the album available on Amazon so that the whole world can hear this wonderful music!
Spiritual Rez are a very tight, very groovy reggae group based in Boston (they all went to Berklee, which gives you an idea of how talented they are). While the album doesn't have quite the revelatory energy of their live shows, it's a fantastic introduction to their music. It's really about positivity - you can tell how much they love performing and many of their songs have an uplifting message, especially "Alone Again", the first track on the album. Toft Willingham and Van Martin, both on guitar and vocals, are fantastic frontmen. Toft takes the majority of singing duty while Van does most of the guitar. Van wrote the majority of the tracks, and he's a fantastic songwriter as you can immediately tell. The standout track on the album, in my opinion, is "Lesbian Explosion." The title may be stupid, but the song itself is really fantastic. Overall, I would recommend this album to anybody with an interest in reggae music.
- Amazon.com / reviewer Zack Miller


"Fantastic debut from funky reggae band"

saw these guys open for Badfish (a tribute band for Sublime) and witnessed them totally blow the headliner away! I bought this CD as the show ended, thinking I would never see their album again. Thankfully they made the album available on Amazon so that the whole world can hear this wonderful music!
Spiritual Rez are a very tight, very groovy reggae group based in Boston (they all went to Berklee, which gives you an idea of how talented they are). While the album doesn't have quite the revelatory energy of their live shows, it's a fantastic introduction to their music. It's really about positivity - you can tell how much they love performing and many of their songs have an uplifting message, especially "Alone Again", the first track on the album. Toft Willingham and Van Martin, both on guitar and vocals, are fantastic frontmen. Toft takes the majority of singing duty while Van does most of the guitar. Van wrote the majority of the tracks, and he's a fantastic songwriter as you can immediately tell. The standout track on the album, in my opinion, is "Lesbian Explosion." The title may be stupid, but the song itself is really fantastic. Overall, I would recommend this album to anybody with an interest in reggae music.
- Amazon.com / reviewer Zack Miller


"A wild ride on the rez'z reggae/funk rollercoaster"

A reggae based funk explosion that helps fill the gap between explosive live shows. A necessary ingredient for a good time pie. Chill rifts, challenging beats, daring vocals and passionate lyrics make this a must have disc for anyone looking for a good time or a chill way to unwind. - Amazon.com / reviewer O.B.


"A wild ride on the rez'z reggae/funk rollercoaster"

A reggae based funk explosion that helps fill the gap between explosive live shows. A necessary ingredient for a good time pie. Chill rifts, challenging beats, daring vocals and passionate lyrics make this a must have disc for anyone looking for a good time or a chill way to unwind. - Amazon.com / reviewer O.B.


Discography

Apocalypse Whenever, DUE December 2013
Nexus, 2010
Featured on DREXEL UNIVERSITY compilation record titled: Unleased II (Nationwide distro.)
Featured on Berklee College of Music's HEAVY ROTATION RECORDS: Volume 4
Rising In The East, 2006
Self Titled, 2005

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There is nothing more mind-bending than diverse sounds and omni-present textures…the music that changes your mind and your soul. The Spiritual Rez reggae dance experience is an unabashed display of musical virtuosity. When paired with a deep, sub-sonic groove and powerful heart felt vocalization; crowds are left dancing and screaming for more. Over the past 8 years, these six men have relentlessly toured the country to share their music and appreciation of the arts. Rooted in rock, reggae, and funk; their diversity exemplifies their love and desire to put on a live experience that will not only cut to your core, but also ignite the inner flame that exists in us all. A constant festival favorite, The Rez can shake a stage like a psychedelic dance earthquake. Evoking their personal power animals, they fearlessly forge into the musically unknown, creating a masterpiece every performance. It's this power, this creative desire, that has fans traveling across the nation to experience this raw and intoxicating display of musical bliss.