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IRATION and special guests play at MontBleu

By From page B4 | January 31, 2014

PR Entertainment Presents IRATION plus special guests Natural Vibrations, The Movement and Micah Brown on Saturday, Feb. 1, at MontBleu Resort in South Lake Tahoe.

IRATION will kick off 2014 by doing what it loves — hitting the road to play music and hanging out with fans.

The past year has represented a period of growth for the Hawaiian-bred, Santa Barbara-based band, with its career elevating to a new level.

Armed with its 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.

“To me, ‘Automatic’ is very, very different from the 2010 album,’ Time Bomb,’” said Pueschel. “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.”

The new direction paid off as the release of “Automatic” is the band’s most successful release to date. The 16-track collection immediately shot all the way up to the No. 1 spot on both the Billboard and iTunes Reggae Albums charts, as well as No. 7 on the iTunes Overall Albums chart, No. 75 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart and No. 17 on the Billboard Independent Albums chart.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the show begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available at ticketfly.com, montbleuresort.com or 775-588-3515.

Montbleu

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