Nine-piece Brighton and London based band, Resonators, have firmly established themselves on the dub reggae scene, finding a unique and distinct sound. Resonators’ music embraces diverse influences, making their music relevant in today’s Bass culture as well as reminding us of reggae’s uplifting influence on the dance floor.
Inspired by the meditative quality and universal appeal of Jamaican roots music the band radiate a playful and unified stage presence. The two lead singers Kassia Zermon and Faye Houston wipe away the notion of the big-ego front man whilst Darren JamTone provides live dub effects, and the balance is set. Following its release in 2010, Resonatorsʼ eponymous debut album gained worldwide and national radio support on BBC Radio 2, BBC 6 Music and Kiss FM from the likes of Mark Lamarr, David Rodigan and Craig Charles.
Since signing with Wah Wah 45s, the band have released four heavyweight 7″ singles, receiving international radio play and widespread acclaim.
The last couple of years have seen them play at legendary venues including Brixton Academy, Koko, Jazz Cafe and at top UK and European festivals including Glastonbury, Green Man and Outlook Croatia. To date, the band have shared stages with Horace Andy, Fat Freddy’s Drop, Mad Professor and TheSkatalites amongst many others. This summer saw them at Lovebox, Sunrise Celebration and Notting Hill Carnival, to name but a few.
The eagerly anticipated second album and first for Wah Wah 45s, The Constant, will be unleashed on 5th November 2012 on vinyl, CD and download. It fuses direct and healing messages about today’s world with progressive roots-inspired dub and a deep soulful sound. The first single taken from the album, Surrender was released earlier this year and was described by David Rodigan MBE as ‘British Reggae at its best.ʼ
“An extremely well-rounded and highly enjoyable performance from a band that oozes confidence, are at ease on stage and most importantly have a real thirst for and understanding of real, authentic reggae music.” UK Reggae Guide
“Resonators are just about the hottest thing on the UK dub/reggae scene right now. They have managed to capture the true essence of the 70s golden age of reggae and then added a new spice…every song offers the listener something fresh. Itʼs like being at the Notting Hill Carnival – with the passing of every lorry float, there is a new rhythm or mood to be sampled.” Bearded Magazine
“A troupe of some of the finest musicians I have seen in a long time. Washed with warmth and nostalgia, their set breathes all the heat of classic reggae into the room but their music is distinctly modern – a fine testament to the timeless aplomb of the roots sound as the years go on.” Data Transmission
“Beautiful vocals, relentless energy and an adherence to old-style dub backdrops” Stamp The Wax
“There’s rain outside the tent but Resonators make sure there’s nothing but sunshine within the canvas walls… the stylish outfit hail back to the great 70s era of reggae and dub.” Virtual Festival
“Brighton institution Resonators stand out from the current glut of tame British rootsy reggae bands… well worth checking out” LostatEminor.com
“…elements are truly beautiful and haunting. In these days of homogenised, digital recordings lacking in any individual sound or identity it is most encouraging to hear something so truly original… most refreshing”. David Rodigan MBE
“A return to dub music of rare subtlety and imagination – qualities that confirm this band as the UK reggae act to watch.” 4/5 John Masouri, Echoes Magazine (UK)
“Wicked British reggae” 8/10 Les Inrocks Magazine (France)
“A welcome addition to the brace of amazing reggae albums released this year. Resonators stand shoulder to shoulder with their peers, perhaps with a more soulful slant. Brilliant from start to finish – can’t wait to see them perform this live!” DJ Shepdog (NIce Up! UK)
“I LOVE THIS BAND! THIS IS HOW DUB REGGAE SHOULD SOUND! GOES STRAIGHT TO TOP 5 ALBUMS OF THE YEAR.” DJ Jazzmate (Balanco, B92 Belgrade, Serbia)
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“I’ve been playing this non-stop for two days now! Lovin’ the vibe/sound. I’m hearing Steel Pulse / Junior Murvin / Janet kay / UB40 1st album vibes! Great work!” Big Bud (Jungle legend, UK)
“Luvin the sound of the Resonators!! Thnx for this lovely album that keeps late 70´s Brit Reggae alive in 2012!” Tom Wieland, Seven Samurai (Austria)
“Simply Amazing! Resonators come through with a delightful reggae album that ticks all the right boxes.With a great wave of UK Reggae this year, this album stands on top ! 4/5″ Pimpernel Jones, Herma Puma (First Word, UK)
“I’ve been waiting for this one, love it! Will be playing on the show starting with “Vipers” tonight! Big thanks” Jason Pulaski, Kuci FM / Ubiquity (USA) (Playlisted)
“From the opening horn blast of Family Familiar, the Resonators trumpeter is in the middle of a dense tropical forest with nobody around. But this is a call, a call which leads the Resonator familia to pick up their native instruments: bass, drum, etc to come out from the treetop dwelling slumber to jam along. A family affair, and you don’t wanna miss the baptism.” DJ Baz Hickey (Ireland)
“A tough UK act. More please Resonators!! 10/10″ Nice Up (New Zealand)
“Simply magic, yes! One of the best outta UK” I-Rick DJ (ZonnaReggae, Portugal)
“Solid Album – manages to do justice to their incredible live shows which is no mean feat. Fantastic.” DJ Gilla (First Word, UK)
“Unbelievable, inspired music.” Rene Wynands, Dubblog (Germany)
“Yet another wonderful LP from wah wah 45s – I just can’t stop listening to this. “Soldier” & “Gold Getter” were dropped on last week’s show.” Simon Harrison, Basicsoul.co.uk (UK)
“I’m going to plaster this all over the world. Sounding great.” DJ Asbo (UK)
Radio play from Andy Williams, The Goods Radio Show, CKUT 90.3FM, Montreal (Canada)
“Lovin it! Gonna drop the album in the Groovalizacion charts.” Jérémie Moussaïd Kerouanton (Groovalizacion Radio, Portugal)
“Damn…this is really inspiring !!! 9/10 !!! Markus Milz (Further In Fusion, Germany)
“Fantastic!!” Georgios Paroglou (It’s Just Music! Recordings, Greece)
“Been loving Resonators since first release! A slight departure from their lovers rock vibes early on – still strong though. ‘Wandering’ is a stellar and stand out tune – so haunting and so dope on every level . Gonna take this LP in the car and go on a long drive to get right into it. Expect continued radio and club support from me!” DJ Toon (Australia)
“We have here 2012 UK reggae/dub flag bearers. Quality.” DJ Abbo (UK)
“A lot darker and twisted than I expected after only hearing the upbeat B.A.S.I.C. There are plenty of twists and turns through out with shades of 80′s Bristol, Bill Laswell and Jah Wobble. A very accomplished album. Love it.” Jimmy-Mac, Soul Purpose Radio Show (UK)
“A superb release, love ALL tracks!!” Sven Thomschke / ‘Dr.Best’, Radio Z (Germany)