IRATION Wraps Up Successful Headlining 'Automatic' Tour
Reggae, pop, rock heavyweights IRATION closed out an extensive coast-to-coast headlining tour this past Saturday (9/21) in front of 2,300 wildly enthusiastic fans at their sold-out show at The Wiltern in Los Angeles. The night before, IRATION drew 1,200 fans to sell-out The Fillmore in San Francisco. The Automatic Tour--in support of their latest full-length album AUTOMATIC (3 Prong Records/MRI/RED) released this past summer--was a massive success with several other sell-outs across the country.
Among those cities that sold-out were Portland, OR, Salt Lake City, UT,Omaha, NE, Boston, MA, Washington, DC, Jacksonville, FL, Houston, TX, Corpus Christi, TX, Arcata, CA, Sacramento, CA, San Francisco, CAand Los Angeles, CA, with others coming very close to selling out.
Bassist Adam Taylor recently spoke about the tour with Soundtracking.com and shared, "The Automatic tour is one of the best we've ever played. We've made a point to make our shows really special for our fans." (9/20/13)
At the culmination of the tour, the band collectively wanted to say, "Thank you so much to everyone that made the Automatic Tour a success. We had so much fun jamming for you all and look forward to seeing everyone next time around!"
This year has represented a period of growth for the Hawaiian-bred, Santa Barbara-based band, with their career elevating to a new level. Armed with their third full-length album AUTOMATIC, IRATION--Micah Pueschel(Guitar/Vocals), Joe Dickens (Drums), Adam Taylor (Bass) and Cayson Peterson (Keyboards)--further pushed their musical boundaries, with an emphasis on the craft of songwriting, while staying true to the sound their fans love. The band collaborated with Cage The Elephant guitarist Lincoln Parish who is featured on several tracks and helped co-produce select songs on the album along with long-time studio partner JP Hesser of Castaway 7 Studios in Ventura, CA.
"To me, Automatic is very, very different from [2010 album] Time Bomb,"MICAH recently told the Phoenix New Times. "It's still us, but what made Time Bomb a popular record was hooks, feel-good music, good rhythms--uplifting, for the most part. But we also wanted to do more songs that were geared to traditional roots reggae and have some rock influences. We wanted to experiment and do some acoustics...Automatic is much more diverse and eclectic as far as style. Another way is that the lyrical content is more mature.
"We worked with Lincoln Parish and he brought a lot of the rock. We wanted more rock. Every record that we've made has had a different set of influences. When we first started out we were really focused on making reggae tracks. With [2008 EP] Sample This and Time Bomb it was more pop and reggae. And then we strayed from that sound a bit with [2011 EP] Fresh Grounds. Then with Automatic we wanted to make a record that had all of things we've already done but with more of a rock element." (9/14/13)
The new direction paid off as the release of AUTOMATIC is their most successful release to date. The 16-track collection immediately shot all the way up to the #1 spot on both the Billboard and iTunes Reggae Albums charts, as well as #7 on the iTunes Overall Albums chart, #75 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart and #17 on the BillboardIndependent Albums chart.
"Back Around," the first official single from AUTOMATIC, is playing now on radio. A newly released music video for the track has garnered over 23,000 views on YouTube. Watch the video--shot in IRATION's Santa Barbara, CA hometown--here: http://youtu.be/2dqJQJ3Ievs.