SONG PREMIERE: Roots of Creation Feat. Melvin Seals Get Real With “Struggle”

Roots of Creation have made a solid dent in the live circuit mixing their jam-reggae hybrid sound with homegrown roots, guitar-heavy rock, and lead singer/guitarist Brett Wilson’s introspective and conscious laden lyrics. Their biggest project to date, Livin Free, is an 18-track studio LP, complemented by a 3-disc deluxe collection with both dub/remix and acoustic versions, plus limited edition double 12 vinyl. Releasing April 22nd on RoC’s label, Bombshelter Records, with distribution by ILS/Caroline/Universal Music Group, Livin Free features Yeti Beats, Melvin Seals, Ras MG, Rubblebucket, Billy Kottage and more. Named after a Sublime song on the B-Side of the “Badfish” CD single, Roots of Creation incorporate all the gritty west coast mix of reggae and rock, along with poignant lyrics that give the listeners a conscious groove.

The first release from the band is on March 4th with a maxi-single/EP with 4 versions of their new tune “Struggle.”  Glide Magazine is premiering a live band version of “Struggle.” This was the first time the band had played the song and it was captured in the studio and features Melvin Seals (Jerry Garcia Band).

“We recorded this version live in the studio. First we laid down guitar, vocals and drums, then that phatty funky bass,” says Brett Wilson (vocals/guitars).  “It was a special process to me because usually we road test songs before we hit the studio and this was the first time we had the luxury of working on something truly from the ground up. It was influenced by playing out solo acoustically as it is the only song on the record that is tuned down a 1/2 step. I do this live solo acoustic to save my voice on long sets without much accompaniment or jammin’. Melvin was a true pro and wouldn’t stop taking us to church with that iconic sound and smooth cal and response melodies until we were happy.”

“I really enjoyed playing on the tune ‘Struggle.’  The band was excellent and the style of the song along with the lyrics were really strong,” adds Seals. “I felt Brett had an excellent voice as well.”

Livin Free is a nod to the New Hampshire state motto, “Live Free or Die” and it marks the band’s third studio release, but it’s so much more than an 18-track LP. In addition to digital and retail CDs of the LP, Livin Free will be available as a 3-disc deluxe collection with both dub/remix and acoustic versions of 14 of the LP’s tracks in digital and CD formats. The CDs, as well as limited edition, hand-numbered (1/500), splatter/colored, double 12” vinyl, will be available via Amazon and select retail stores on May 6th. The iTunes pre-order for both the standard LP and deluxe collection will begin on March 18th and include instant downloads of tracks “Struggle,” “Row Jimmy” (Grateful Dead), and “3x A Lady.”

This spring Roots of Creation will perform select dates on the “Spring Blackout 2016 Tour” with The Expendables, Passafire, and Tunnel Vision. They’ll also perform select dates with Organically Good Trio (ft. Paul W. of Slightly Stoopid), Mighty Mystic, and Spiritual Rez.


Roots of Creation Tour Dates

03.19 Manchester, NH @ Penuches

03.24 Baltimore, MD @ Baltimore Soundstage^

03.25 Philadelphia, PA @ TLA^

03.26 South Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground^

03.27 Portland, ME @ Asylum^

03.29 New Haven, CT @ Toad’s Place^

03.30 Amityville, NY @ Revolution Music Hall^

03.31 Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club^

04.01 Asbury Park, NJ @ Stone Pony^

04.02 New York, NY @ Highline Ballroom^

04.03 Pittsburgh, PA @ Altar Bar^

04.08 Troy, NY @ Rustic Barn%

04.09 Rochester, NY @ Flour City Station*

04.10 Syracuse, NY @ Westcott Theatre

04.16 Fall River, MA @ Narrow’s Center For The Arts

04.22 Albany, NY @ Move Festival

04.30 Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall#

06.26 Meredith, NH @ Flurries

08.05 Middletown, CT @ Organic Smiles Festival

^ w/ The Expendables, Passafire, Tunnel Vision

% w/ Lord Electro

* w/ The New Daze, Tim Herron Corporation

# w/ Spiritual Rez, The Feel Goods

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  1. This is and has been one of my favorite bands for a good while glad to see they are making it big now

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