|Artist||John Brown's Body|
|Genre||Reggae > Reggae|
|Copyright||© I Town Records|
More Massive Attack than Marley" and reverent and revolutionary at the same time
John Brown's Body is an American reggae band from Boston, Massachusetts and Ithaca, New York. The band describe their sound as “Future Roots Music”. The sound is rooted in reggae rhythms and blended with a variety of other styles including dub, electronic, funk, ska, hip-hop, and dubstep.The band’s sound has been described by the New York Daily News as being "more Massive Attack than Marley" and by the Village Voice "reverent and revolutionary at the same time.”John Brown’s Body has performed with a variety of groups, representing a wide range of genres including well-known acts such as: Dave Matthews Band, The Flaming Lips, STS9, Furthur, Ozomatli, Broken Social Scene, and Jurassic 5.JBB signed with the reggae label, Shanachie, and released three albums -- Among Them (1998), This Day (2000), and Spirits All Around Us (2003). The Boston Herald called them "one of the world's best roots-style reggae bands" after the release of This Day. The positive reviews led to an appearance at the Bob Marley Day Festival in Miami, FL., alongside Lauryn Hill and others. After their release of Spirits All Around Us, the band had cemented themselves as a force on the national scene. With appearances at Sierra Nevada World Music Festival, Reggae on the Rocks, and Wakarusa, they earned a reputation for high energy, air-tight live shows.“I think that the strongest reggae was coming out of the UK in the 70's and early 80's,” Elliot Martin explains. “It was the best produced, had the most complex songwriting; it’s the most progressive reggae that's been made. Steel Pulse, Aswad, Reggae Regular, Misty in Roots, Mikey Dread, Dennis Bovell and Linton Kwesi Johnson were doing groundbreaking stuff. I want to pick up where those artists left off. Of course, we don't come close to what those artists did, but I think that's where the idea comes from—that reggae can take other forms. I guess I'm just saying that I see our music as progressive reggae.” (Interview 2008).