Sound­lounge will wel­come a Grammy-win­ning reggae band who’ve opened for The Clash and played the night of Bob Mar­ley’s fu­neral

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - LIVE & LOUD -

With Steel Pulse hav­ing been MIA on the stu­dio al­bum front for more than a decade, fans of the leg­endary reggae band can take some so­lace from the fact that found­ing mem­ber David Hinds has sug­gested that a new al­bum is fi­nally on the hori­zon.

The roots reggae out­fit, founded in 1975, won the Grammy award for Best Reggae Al­bum back in 1987 for their record Baby­lon the Ban­dit.

Th­ese days, the out­fit is made up of eight per­form­ers, and all of them will be there when the band makes its de­but on the Gold Coast at Sound­lounge on Mon­day night.

“All of us will be out there – skin, flesh, bones and dread­locks,” Hinds says, re­fer­ring to their Cairns show, set to go off to­mor­row night.

The band’s last stu­dio re­lease, African Holo­caust, dropped way back in 2004. Hinds says a fol­low-up stu­dio al­bum is in the works and ac­knowl­edges that it “is well over­due”.

There is a hope it will be out in early 2017, not that fans of the group have been left to­tally with­out new ma­te­rial to de­vour and dis­sect in the in­ter­ven­ing years.

Steel Pulse have recorded a num­ber of sin­gles, in­clud­ing Hands Up I Can’t Breathe, which was in ded­i­ca­tion to a black Amer­i­can teen who was shot dead by a po­lice of­fi­cer two years ago.

“It seems to be a pan­demic, an epi­demic here in the United States at the mo­ment where a lot of black youths have been gunned down by po­lice of­fi­cers, so we de­cided to write a song about that when Michael Brown was gunned down two years ago, and sev­eral oth­ers,” Hinds says.

Steel Pulse are not strangers to us­ing their mu­sic to ad­dress so­cial and po­lit­i­cal is­sues. Their song Blues Dance Raid from their 1982 True Democ­racy al­bum also looked at the ac­tions of po­lice of­fi­cers.

“It was all about the of­fi­cers com­ing in and try­ing to re­ally break up our only means of en­ter­tain­ment within the ghetto we came from back in Birm­ing­ham,” ex­plains Hinds.

While nostal­gia oc­ca­sion­ally kicks in on Steel Pulse tracks, the mu­si­cian re­veals he isn’t one for dwelling on past mu­sic. Still, there is a track that brings tears to Hinds’ eyes when he re­vis­its it. Ti­tled Soldiers, it ap­pears on the band’s Handsworth Rev­o­lu­tion al­bum.

“It’s all about the in­va­sion of a first-world coun­try on to a third-world coun­try, so to speak,” Hinds says. “That’s the one that moves me.” Steel Pulse, Sound­lounge, Mon­day

Vet­eran mem­bers of reggae band Steel Pulse David Hinds and Sel­wyn “Bumbo” Brown.

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