Good vibes when House makes mu­sic from the heart

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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.

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