Good vibes when House makes music from the heart
House of Shem began working on their 2011 album Island Vibration, they set out to promote the good side of life. The eight-piece reggae band, which features Carl Perkins (pictured) and his two sons Te Omeka Perkins and Isaiah Perkins, hail from New Zealand but say Australia is their second home. Perkins senior, a former member of Herbs, Mana and The Twelve Tribes of Israel, says Island Vibration is about sharing the island vibes. ‘‘It is basically all the good things we like to teach, ’’ he says. ‘‘It’s about having a good quality of life. We try to bring things from the heart rather than planning albums with story boards.’’
House of Shem has ‘‘mapped out’’ songs for a third album, says Perkins and begins recording in September. ‘‘We want to mix it up more and do a bit more dance hall-type music,’’ he says. ‘‘It will be a reggae album infused with dance hall. I think our fans will love it.’’ Perkins and his sons share lead vocals. ‘‘The three of us are lead singers but we also back each other in harmonies too,’’ he says. ‘‘It’s a blessing to play music with my sons. But it is like a family band. We see the whole lineup as family.’’
House of Shem play Coolangatta Hotel tomorrow night.