ONE of the borough’s most successful up-and-coming bands is bringing the sound of a Caribbean summer with its debut full-length album of reggae and rock.
Four-piece Jeramiah Ferrari has launched its self-titled release with 12 tracks blending laid-back reggae grooves and ska elements with rock guitars and catchy pop melodies.
The album features reworkings of two tunes which featured on the band’s first Cactus Killer EP and also sets down on disc many of the songs which have proved popular at live gigs around the country.
The group, made up of vocalist and guitarist Ryan Barton, guitarist Josh Aitchison, bassist Hanson Pollitt and drummer Stuart Welch, recorded the album at The Grand studio in Clitheroe after seeing their previous Dubby Rock EP reach number four in the iTunes reggae chart last year.
The Leigh musicians say the full-length album represents the best music they have produced so far and has already proved a hit with fans who received it first after pledging money online to help them get it recorded.
More than 100 supporters of the group signed up at Pledge Music to help make the album a reality.
Vocalist Ryan, 23, said: “I would say we’ve really honed our sound and there’s a song on it called Dubby Rock and Reggae which is all about the style we think we’ve made.
“We decided this was the right point to do a full-length album and we’ve put all our thoughts into this. The core of everything we do now is reggae, that’s always the starting point even though we’ve got lots of other influences.
“So far our fans really seem to like a song called Burning Inferno. We like the contrasts in the song because the lyrics are quite dark but the music is very upbeat and happy. We’re probably going to make that our next single and do a music video for it.”
Jeramiah Ferrari will now launch the album with an event at Zoo Bar in St Helens and is already planning a busy programme of live gigs, including high-profile support slots with Madness and UB40.
The band is currently in talks with a production company about a new music video, a format which Ryan says has been an important element in the band’s rising popularity.
He said: “We get a lot of our feedback from doing our music videos, and people often tell us they have come to our gigs because they saw one of our videos on Youtube.
“We want to get more out online and get to the stage where we are doing at least two videos every year.”
Jeramiah Ferrari’s self-titled debut album is out now. Song samples are available on SoundCloud and more information can be found at www.jeramiahferrari.com