Italian reggae band Mellow Mood first started while Jacopo, Lorenzo and Giulio were in high school in their home town of Pordenone (North-East Italy). Over the years, the band has had many versions, but the trio always remained. They are set to release their fifth album Large on April 6 via LA TEMPESTA DUB. Mellow Mood is led by identical twin brothers, Jacopo and Lorenzo Garzia, along with Filippo Buresta (keyboards), Antonio M. Cicci (drums), Giulio Frausin (bass, backing vocals, guitar, percussions).
Mellow Mood exploded on the scene with their debut album Move! in 2009. The album was self-released without a distribution deal and formal press agency support. It was intended to be the bands first “move” on the Italian reggae scene, but instead garnered international recognition and critical acclaim. Thanks to their heartfelt live shows, the legendary festival Rototom Sunsplash which named Mellow Mood best Italian reggae band, and ranked them third in the European reggae. The debut album, Move! was the first time they worked with producer Paolo Baldini, who would later became the band’s sound architect and dubmaster. Their debut singles “Only You” and “Dance Inna Babylon” has seen viral success with more than fifty million views on YouTube.
For Mellow Mood’s second album, the band went back into the studio to record “Well Well Well” and landed a record deal with the influential record label, La Tempesta, in 2012. Sailing through new-roots, rocksteady and tribal clubbing, Mellow Mood proved to be the fastest rising stars of a new generation of reggae artists hailing from all over the world. With the release of singles “Dig Dig Dig” and “Extra Love” featuring Tanya Stephens, in advance of their third album “Twinz” (2014), the band found themselves going back to a more scaled down line-up and dropping the horn section. Less than 10 months later, Twinz revealed its twin, 2 The World. The new album beard witness to the band’s continuing evolution and growth, and featured several Jamaican artists including Tanya Stephens, Jah9, Hempress Sativa, and The Gideon & Selah.
Now with Mellow Mood’s newest release Large, due out on April 6, 2018 via LA TEMPESTA DUB, the band is ready to make a global statement. Large is a comment on today’s global market economy, which is constantly pushing us to produce more, consume more and live as the title track states “Large” rather than nurturing human relations, taking care of each other and appreciating what we already have. Large is a straightforward roots reggae album focusing on honest, heartfelt song-writing and heavyweight rhythms.
Although Mellow Mood doesn’t sing strictly Rastafarian lyrics, their music is consistently conscious and positive. Stand out tracks like “Call Back The Love”, “Tuff Rocky Road” and “Another Day” call on the listeners to open their hearts and embrace life with a positive attitude despite the inevitable difficulties. While, “Daddy” welcomes guidance from elders, relatives and parents, and “It Can’t Work” takes a stand by pushing back on misinformation, fake news and delusional politics. “Ms. Mary” is a particularly rude landlord scorning reggae music and levity, and “Heart To No One” is a painful breakup followed by “Eye Waata,” the temptation to dwell in self-pity. For Mellow Mood, music and spiritual awareness remain the “greatest weapons” to overcome tough times and keep walking on the right path as heard on “Place Called Home”.
“String Up A Sound” music video saw it’s worldwide premiere with Reggaeville on Friday, and it captures the impeccable live sound and raw human emotion that Mellow Mood has become known for around the world by focusing on candid, heartfelt lyricism and heavyweight rhythms. “String Up A Sound” dips into the realm of Afro-beat and dancehall music and features a sample taken from Sierra Leone’s ‘Refugee All Stars’ to praise the power of music as universal healing. It’s a celebration of sound system culture worldwide: the video was filmed in London, Lisbon, and Kingston to represent the global reach of reggae and dancehall music!
“Sound Of A War” debut with Rootfire.net for a first listen and the band commented, “Unfortunately war continues to be an actual topic and it involves us all. Exploring the societal impact of fake news and delusional miscommunication, we wanted to be ruthlessly honest: ‘Gwaan like you sad but you only pretend. Inna reality you don’t give a damn.’ Reggae has always been a militant music with a powerful message and this song says we don’t step back.”
The writing of the songs took place during the summer of 2017 and was characterized by a more “live” approach as it was mostly arranged by the band in their rehearsal room and recorded live in Paolo Baldini’s studio. The use of vintage instruments dating back to the ‘80s sets the sounds of the album, which was mastered in Dallas, TX by renowned Chris Athens (Drake, Nas & Damian Marley, Erykah Badu, DJ Khaled, Alborosie). Emerging American artist Dewey Saunders (who previously worked with Stones Throw Records, Chronixx, Rayban, Anderson .Paak) provided the artwork for the album.
The non-stop touring band, has gained international success and following in addition to becoming savvy entrepreneurs. In late 2015, Mellow Mood launched a sub-label with La Tempesta, called LA TEMPESTA DUB and celebrated the partnership with a touring mini-festival hosting international guests. Additionally, they co-produced a documentary about the hidden musical talents of a Jamaican ghetto called, DubFiles at Song Embassy, Papine, Kingston 6, with music producer Paolo Baldini. And they collaborated with French reggae stars Dub Inc., as a featured artist in Dub Inc.’s latest album So What. The band has toured extensively since inception, however, most recent performances include joining emerging reggae act Jahneration for a French tour, and an international tour of Europe and the Americas in 2016 and 2017. Performances and appearances at celebrated festivals include Sierra Nevada World Music Festival (USA), Jamming Festival (Colombia), Siempre Vivo Reggae Festival (Chile), Eurockéennes de Belfort and Reggae Sun Ska (France), ViñaRock, Sziget Festival and Rototom Sunsplash (Spain).
Mellow Mood will be touring to support the new release both nationally in the U.S and internationally.