This Saturday Feb 13, The Rebirth performs our brand of vocal soul & funk at Skyloft Laguna BCH. If you are in the area or wanting to make the trek to one of our finest beach towns we will be doing a rare two – all dance groove sets – originals and some of our favorite covers starting at 10pm. There is a $10 cover at the door.
Rebirth friends, check out our in studio session and live interview for Tune In Sessions at tunein.com/therebirth for their RVRB series. We perform songs from our new record plus a classic and discuss the new record, “Being Thru the Eyes of a Child” in depth for those of you who are curious about the process and inspiration. It’s on repeated streaming so you can listen at your convenience.
Also on deck (and you are now the first to know), we are half way done with our new single “Press Refresh”. This new song is glazed for the dance party, summoning a touch of 80’s Prince/Sheila E. & Cameo, but all Rebirth. Stay tuned for updates. We can’t wait to see how the world will react to our new track. Release date slated for Nov/Dec of this year.
SAT. AUG. 1st | 4pm-7pm | Free & Open to the Public
The Rebirth plays at 5:30pm SHARP.
TASTE Food Hall Courtyard – 735 S Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90017
Vibe with us in the heart of the city with a curated, live sound experience and iconic DJs. Enjoy happy hour-priced food and drinks from select eateries, City Tavern’s patio, Loteria Grill’s festive sangria, and more!
Produced and curated by Anthony Valadez.
Presented by FIGat7th.
10899 Wilshire Blvd. (NE corner of Westwood and Wilshire)
Westwood, CA 90024
Happy hour and DJ sets begin at 6:30 pm, live music from 7:30 – 10:30 pm, and galleries open until 9:00 pm.
The good news keeps on coming. We have been chosen as one of 5 artists to launch a new APP by Freeform. Now you can experience our complete new release, “Being Thru the Eyes of a Child” in its entirety: accompanied with the music, lyrics, pictures, bio, etc. Remember the days of opening up your CD or vinyl record and reading the liner notes and lyrics? Well, this is the new techy version of that experience right from your phone. Best part, it’s free and if you choose to unlock unlimited listens then they have easy offers where others break us off on the back end not affecting your wallet. So we all win with this platform.
Rebirth fam, we have been traveling the planet with shows in London, Manchester, Southport Weekender and even performed a private show in Alcatraz in San Francisco. Now we are back getting ready to do some shows for our hometown friends here in Los Angeles. We have two FREE! show options for you so if you can’t make one, then you at least have another.
FRIDAY JULY 10th – BHCP LIVE! — BALDWIN HILLS CRENSHAW PLAZA (Center Court)
5pm Showtime | Free Admission | All ages — 4005 Crenshaw Blvd, Los Angeles, CA. 90008
THURSDAY JULY 16th – KCRW Presents
SUMMER of SOUL @ HAMMER MUSEUM
w/ SAM SPARRO www.samsparro.com | KCRW DJS AARON BYRD & CHRIS DOURIDAS
6:30 – 10pm | Free Admission | All Ages — KCRW Summer Nights at the Hammer
10899 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, Ca 90024
THE REBIRTH – Back2Now Tour UK
London – Manchester – Southport Weekender
The UK has always shown us incredible love and support and we are finally returning May 2015 for special live performances in celebration of our new release “Being Thru The Eyes of a Child” which DJ Spinna quotes, “Real music for the soul. The Rebirth never disappoints. Loving this new album.”
Without a big promotions budget we really need everyone to help spread the word by posting and sharing our UK Show info. We want these shows to be a sell out which will help us get more opportunities to return more regularly. Also in case you don’t know we have been fortunate to be added to the Final Southport Weekender which should be really special event for us.
Show info below:
MONDAY MAY 4th – BORDERLINE (LONDON)
The Rebirth + Chenai Zinyuku
+ DJ’s Matt L-S & Jamesey (Makin’ Moves)
TUESDAY MAY 5th – BAND ON THE WALL (MANCHESTER) Doors 7:30
The Rebirth + Dj Andrea Trout
SATURDAY MAY 9th – SOUTHPORT WEEKENDER
Final One! (MINEHEAD Resort)
The Rebirth set 2pm
plus Masters at Work, Peven Everett, Tortured Soul, Joey Negro, Lalah Hathaway to name just a few..
There once was a proliferation of black and multi-racial bands, and we’re not even just talking in the halcyon ‘70s and ‘80s. Even as late as the early 2000s, a handful of named acid jazz, jazz funk, and soul bands were almost thanklessly holding on. Before we even mention the ‘90s holdovers like Mint Condition, The Roots, Fishbone, Incognito, and Brand New Heavies, there was a small, yet more quietly impactful group of newer bands that emerged with the dawn of the new century. They bore names like Jiva, Fertile Ground, PlantLife, Water Seed, Marcell & The Truth, and The Revelations (then feat. Tré Williams) and came to uphold a range of soul band traditions.
One of the most memorable of that young crop of early millennial bands was The Rebirth, a multi-racial collective performing music in the Black American soul and jazz funk vein. With just two albums and a rack of remixes and extended tracks, from 2005 to roughly 2010, The Rebirth was among the bands to beat. Seven years since their release of their 2008 Love Issue EP and a decade since their renowned 2005 debut, This Journey In, The Rebirth is demonstrating with their superb Being Thru The Eyes of A Child why they’re still one of the best bands to beat…bar none.
While shades of the Rotary Connection and The Brand New Heavies crop up from time to time on this jazz funk extravaganza, there is nothing exactly like the sound of The Rebirth. The band’s music is impossible to pigeonhole, even as you can clearly recognize elements of the classic genres in the pop as well as the Black and Latin music traditions. On Being Thru The Eyes of a Child, what you hear is just beautifully arranged, good music, the type that exhibits a kind of freedom and invites listeners to be free with them. It’s the kind of higher plane quality that Earth Wind and Fire had at its height, but there is nothing reminiscent of the sound of EWF in The Rebirth’s music. This isn’t derivative material, nor is it trying in any shape, form or fashion to conform to the conventions of radio, which endears.
The polyrhythm of “This Is Coming To?” is an orgy of percussions, electric bass, and beats that—until its descending bridge—musically progresses while also managing to feel as though it were standing still within the same three or four bar beat pattern. Special thanks to percussionist Nikki Campbell, drummer Chris Taylor, bassist Daniel Seeff, and guitarist Patrick Bailey, it’s a fascinating rhythm song that captures your attention and your neck muscles in its movement and repetitions. Did I mention how fantastic its hook and chanting vamp out are? Yeah, pretty damn sublime. And that’s not all, folks! Not with a pure string and guitar ballad like “Surrender the Pretender” taking its succulently sweet time to unfold on the docket. Lead vocalist Baskerville Jones joined in harmony by Loslito, Mark Cross, and Chris Taylor sound almost like a religious experience when they get to singing the chorus “You are as I am” on the tour de force “Surrender the Pretender.”
While organic sounds are their wheelhouse, they aren’t afraid of synthy new wave and electrofunk instrumentation, as illustrated on the tongue-in-cheek chic yet arcade like “Samurai.” Nor do they shy away from long instrumental jam sessions, with “Caterpillar” serving as a fine acid jazz example (though Jones and chorus do eventually jump on about midway through to close it out). On “Religion To Me,” astral sounds service the kind of soul band ballad that Average White Band and Norman Connors might have tried their hand it, but the construction is looser and more liberated than those acts contemplated, the vocals inhaling and exhaling in and out of the track like a fever dream, what starts as a solo then becomes a chorus before finally ending as a duet. Naturally.
The Rebirth exhibits such confidence in their lightly avant garde experimentations that they barely feel like experimentations at all, just a free flowing yet focused artistic journey. “Show ‘em” has a similar ease in movement and transitions in voices that give the feel of Rotary Connection or The Fifth Dimension set free – which is an interesting riff on two musical groups who were personified by their own unconventional, hippie approach to a genre-free, soulful rock and pop hybridity. Producer, vocalist, and keyboardist, Loslito, should take a magician’s bow for helping make this ship’s guidance in musical child’s play feel so effortless, since listening to a more constructed, California soul chorale like “Being Thru The Eyes of a Child (Prelude),” makes it clear that none of this music is technically simple or easy. His is a true sleight of hand.
What is also interesting is how much of this band’s music is simply pretty to the ear. Baskerville Jones’ unassuming, yet sweetheart vocals has something to do with the almost innocence of The Rebirth sound, especially on a cotton candy floater of an acoustic ballad such as “Come On Over.” It just carries you off on a cloud.
Song like “By Design” and “Wasteland” inject a bit more edge and modernity to the proceedings, but even these more contemporary soundscapes don’t fully succumb to any of the cynical darkness that parades through much of the music of now. That’s no small feat with a track called “Wasteland” that makes that word part of its hook. But, coming back ten years after your debut and sounding this fresh, this arresting to the ear and still so wholly and uniquely yourself is no small feat either. The Rebirth pulled it off, as one of the last soul and jazz funk bands in the Black music tradition still standing. This is essential listening. Highly Recommended.