Release Date: March 12, 2021
Genres: Reggae, Ska, Soul
Producer: Jesse Wagner (The Aggrolites)
Label: Jump Up Records
The state of Florida is an estuary of sorts, of both climate and culture: a place where the freshwater-deep-South diffuses seamlessly in to the saltwater-sub-tropics.
And so it's only natural that this estuary of mangroves and mudflats would be the birthplace of The Freecoasters, a band who seamlessly diffuse the rhythm-and-blues musical traditions of the swampy American South in to the steamy, sun-drenched, tropical rhythms of Jamaican rocksteady and reggae.
The Freecoasters second full-length studio album “A Different Kind of Heat” is anchored by this intoxicating blend of musical styles. But across its 12 tracks, the driving rhythms and sparkling melodies are revealed to be but the scaffold upon which vivid lyrical imagery, sophisticated sonics and mature songwriting are built.
The sum of these elements is a sound that is vibrant and alive; familiar, but entirely new. Captured here is a band bringing the heat. And shouldn’t they? Because, sure, in the summertime it gets hot everywhere. But down there in Florida, the heat is just a little different.
Origin: Fort Myers, FL
Years Active: 2014- Present
Founded in 2014, The Freecoasters were designed to be a sort of musical anachronism: a perfect blend of two musical heritages that never truly overlapped.
Originally the brainchild of bassist and band-leader John Schiller, the musical vision was a blend in equal-measure of the 60's and 70's American Southern soul music of labels like Stax, Atlantic and Hi-Records, and the 60's and 70's Jamaican reggae and rocksteady of labels such as Studio One, Treasure Isle, and Pama.
Corralling like-minded musicians, and the stellar vocal and songwriting talent of singer and guitarist Claire Liparulo, The Freecoasters self-released their first full-length album, "Show Up," in 2016. Produced by singer, songwriter and powerhouse front-man Jesse Wagner of renowned reggae recording artists The Aggrolites, the album created waves in the ska and reggae scenes and generated for the band a supportive and receptive following.
A few line-up changes, and more than 500 live-appearances later, The Freecoasters long-awaited follow-up record, "A Different Kind of Heat" is set for release on March 12, 2021; again with production by Jesse Wagner, and this time with label support from venerable ska and reggae mainstay Jump Up Records.