The Matt Irie Band is back with another feel-good single, “Run To”. “Run To” combines sweet-sounding vocal harmonies with mellow, yet rocking guitar sounds and an overall relaxed vibe to fit perfectly into any playlist and match any mood. The groove and vibe that the Matt Irie Band brings to the table is undeniable; the band matches this carefree aura with a meaningful lyrical value which ultimately creates a well balanced track for listeners to not only hear, but understand.
“Our music is meant to be experienced – we want you to be able to feel the grooves and the vibes in our songs. For a long time now, these last few years especially, it feels like we’ve all been chased, we’re all chasing something, or some combination of the two. Some of us don’t even know – we just know we’re running. We really wanted something that would encourage you to close your eyes, feel the music and face that question.” – Matt Irie
The Matt Irie Band started as a one-man show in North Carolina around 2006 with vocalist Matt Irie rocking with a DJ at local hip hop shows. Multiple lineup changes over the years brought together a fusion of genres to form the five-piece group they are today. Joined by Larry Holcomb and Joe Watkins on guitars, Will Barkley on drums, and Michael Dorsett on bass and keys, Matt Irie leads what is described as “Island Infused – Funky Blues.” They draw on their diverse backgrounds, bringing together influences from bands like Beastie Boys, Dr. John, Howlin’ Wolf, G.Love and Incubus, and finding themselves sharing the stages with the likes of Pepper, Rev Run, Falling in Reverse, Badflower, Cowboy Mouth, The Movement, Morning 40 Federation, Ludacris, Orgy, Kottonmouth Kings, Stick Figure,The Wailers, Fortunate Youth, The Hu, and Motionless in White.
The past few years have taken the band to the next level, enjoying the spotlight on multiple festivals like the Blue Ridge Rock Festival and the Port City Reggae Festival. The Matt Irie Band has formed a one-of-a-kind cocktail blend, packing a unique style and energetic sound to win crowds over at venues all over the Southeast, catching a strong buzz around the entire US, and raising glasses as far as Australia, France, and Japan.
MATT IRIE BAND IS:
Matt Irie – Vocals
Will Barkley – Drums
Joe Watkins – Guitar
Larry Holcomb – Guitar
Michael Dorsett – Bass