Matt Irie Band releases their new single “Coastal” with TLG Entertainment/Ingrooves. Their latest song is a cool rocking vibe that takes you out on a summer’s day with friends, sand, and the beach. “Coastal” gathers the good feelings of letting it all go and slipping into rock n roll bliss. The Matt Irie Band blends influences ranging from G. Love to Dirty Heads – a fresh mix of music for a whole new sound.
We wanted to deliver a fun & upbeat anthem that we hope everyone can relate to. This one is for everyone dealing with too much-unwanted stress, this one’s for you all.”
- Matt Irie Band
The Matt Irie Band started as a one-man show in North Carolina 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, Badflower, Morning 40 Federation, Ludacris, Orgy, Kottonmouth Kings, Stick Figure, 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. The full band just released their debut single under Ingrooves Music Group/TLG this September titled “Coastal,” with a string of additional singles to follow in the coming months. Their music can be found on all major streaming platforms. Be sure to follow the band on their socials as tour information will be released soon!
Matt Irie – Vocals
Will Barkley – Drums
Joe Watkins – Guitar
Michael Dorsett – Bass
Larry Holcomb – Guitar