McAthin Skwag, Ital Sound System, Brent B
1131 S. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19147
Doors 8:30 PM / Show 9:00 PM
This event is 21 and over
Forged in 2005 by UK transplant Leon 'Rascul Intl' Phillpotts, this powerful 6 piece seam- lessly bridges-the-gaps between several genres to create a much sought after but rarely attained authentic hybrid.
IRON delivers positive, yet uncompromising, reality lyrics over a solid musical foundation incorporating the addictive mash-up of Heavyweight Reggae, Drum N Bass, UK Soul, Ska, Punk & Afro Funk rhythms giving IRON an original Mix Up, Blend Up, Dubwise feel.
This dynamic tribe of musicians includes members from some of Phillys favorite outfits such as Jojolo, the legendary local afro-beat band formed and led by Nigerian percussionist Yomi Awodesu, alongside the backbone and heavy hits of, the original Dub Rocker himself, James “Mr. X” Robertson on kit. The stage is set for a massive throwdown.
Philadelphia royalty would not be an exaggeration when used to introduce the brothers Mungun, formerly of 80's punky reggae trio Scram and later of soul group Shoulders of Giants, this pair brings a wealth of experience and synergy to the Iron sound. Greg, on bass, brings his style of rootsy-soul to the floor while multifaceted-brother Matt moves fluidly from guitar to keys and vocals. Together, with organ and moog-specialist Phil B. Welcome (a Philadelphia gem) they create a wonderful rhythmic, ethereal sound over the heavy-riddim foundation.
Frontman, Rascul, brings an understated pied piper appeal to all proceedings and manages to diversify ideas as a vocalist by blending his foundation of UK sound system style DJ-mcing with the sweet but gritty soulfulness of an RnB or Roots reggae singer. Add all this to the band's uncanny knack of crafting pungent killers for the floor and the head, and you've got a serious situation.
The impact of recent explosive live shows at Philly's "Johnny Brenda's (Club)" and "The Barbary" and June ‘09 performance booked at the Kimmel Center, Philly's premiere arts & culture venue, has seen IRON elevated to "must see" status.
IRON do indeed have the hard edged, yet commercial feel for a massive crossover appeal with tracks including "LONDON BRIDGE", a nod to Rascul Intls native city of London, "MOVE BODY" & "CHARGE" already receiving huge support in both England and Europe by respected clubland and radio deejays.
The recent underground buzz has led to IRON being featured in The PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER "BANDS WITH BANG" section and has made their debut E.P., ”Charge”, one of Phillys most eagerly anticipated soundtracks of 2009.
All proceeds go to BuildOn.org. BuildOn's mission is to break the cycle of poverty, illiteracy and low expectations through service and education. For more info, please visit www.BuildOn.org.
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