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About Passafire

Savannah, GA

Passafire released Everyone on Everynight through LAW Records on September 15, 2009. This is the follow-up to their sophomore album, Submersible, which was recognized by iTunes as one of the “Top 10 Best Reggae Albums” of 2007.

For the new release, iTunes highlighted Passafire by featuring them on the music homepage as well as the reggae page by offering “Here In Front Of Me” from Everyone on Everynight in their distinguishing Discovery Download program. The album release debuted at #1 on iTunes reggae chart.

Calling Savannah, GA home, Passafire was formed in 2003 by students attending Savannah College of Art and Design. After performing on a stage outside Atlanta’s Hi Fi Buys Amphitheatre in 2006 where the hybrid rock band, Pepper, was opening for 311, a member of Passafire slipped to Pepper a copy of the band’s self-titled debut album, Passafire. Pepper had just founded the independent LAW Records with plans to selectively recruit and nurture bands they actually experienced and were impressed by while out on the road - as opposed to sitting in some distant office and combing through piles of demos. “We’re out there every day, meeting and playing with new bands,” says Pepper bassist/singer, Bret Bollinger. “It’s not a guessing game. We get to meet them, watch them live...”

“And spot their work ethic,” Singer/guitarist, Kaleo Wassman interjects with emphasis.

Passafire developed their sizable fanbase by logging miles all over the US (particularly, in the southeast), which attracted the established booking agent, Monterey International who has taken the band to the next level of touring. Passafire has performed with a variety of major acts including The Wailers, Van Halen, Israel Vibrations, 311, Toots and the Maytals, Los Lonely Boys, Bares Hammond, John Brown’s Body, Matisyahu, the Aggrolites and Dub Trio. The band lives on the road, playing live throughout the year. Singer, Ted Bowne doesn’t mind the grueling schedule and adds, “Touring is the best way to keep the buzz about the band going. What keeps it fun and exciting is the people we meet and places we get to see. We are in a new city every day so there's always something to go see or do. If we didn't tour constantly, we wouldn't be doing as well as we are. That's a fact.”

After two years since the last album and more than 300 shows, conceptualizing all the while, Passafire recorded the new album at the Sonic Ranch in El Paso, Texas. Self-described “total gear heads,” the band has built on the foundation of Passafire and Submersible an adventurous expansion, an ironic twist that reaches into previously unexplored sonic territories while taking full advantage of the warmth and accessibility of analog technologies that this studio provided.

Horns appear on three tracks and throughout singer, Ted Bowne, plays on a variety of classic guitars paired with vintage tube amps while Adam Willis is off in keyboardist’s heaven, incorporating the venerable Hammond B3 as well as the Fender Rhodes and Wurlitzer electric pianos. The brothers, Will and Nick Kubley anchor their rhythm section.

"We always wanted to have a good balance of organic and synthesized sounds and we finally had the chance to make that happen this time," recollects Bowne.

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