One Drop, Midnight Raid

One Drop

One Drop, (heavily influenced by Steel Pulse and The Police), has a captivating sound filled with melodic choruses, catchy guitar riffs, up beat rhythms and driving bass lines. Lyrical topics include economic/social hardships, heartbreaks, love songs, sunny days and the ups and downs of day-to-day life…

Over the past 3 years, One Drop has developed a huge following and a reputation as a "Must See Act". The band performs live shows with incredible energy that drives the crowed into frenzy and packs the dance floor.

In March 2007, One Drop released its first self produced CD (EP) and in May 2008 followed up with the release of their full length Debut CD "Mission Blvd". Both are currently climbing the charts in sales/downloads and getting excellent reviews. Currently, the band has a busy Summer schedule, packed with several regional and local (San Diego) show dates and is eager for more opportunities to tour other cities and States.

Midnight Raid

Inspired by the unfiltered styles of artists like Peter Tosh, Steel Pulse and John Browns Body, friends Graham Roggli (drums) and Benjamin Garcia Candelaria (vocals/guitar) wanted to offer a musical outlet for current socio-political disdain and to reflect the diverse culture of their home state of California. To help create the sound that was to become Midnight Raid, they enlisted reggae veteran John Baker, bass player from the band Lucky Dub and environmental activist from Washington D.C. Baker's aggressive bass lines give MNR a distinctive tone that gets the audience moving. Shortly after, Midnight Raid found Vimalier Reyes-Oritz, a classically trained keyboardist from Puerto Rico. "V," as he is often called, offers salsa and montuno rhythms and melodies that diversify the band's sound. The most recent addition to the band is lead guitarist, Lenny Crammer. A Tennessee native, Crammer adds his unique approach of using "soundscaping" to the voice of Midnight Raid. One can hear dynamic guitar swells underneath the lyrics and colorful leads soaring over the rhythm.

Pulling from a breadth of influences, Midnight Raid has created a refreshing original sound for the times we live in. While staying true to the spirit of the reggae genre, the band focuses on offering a number of musical experiences in every song by adding tastes of rock, funk, soul, punk and latin styles. The band's eclectic sound translates into an exciting live show, and mixed with themes of economic, social, and environmental justice, Midnight Raid is bringing audiences to a higher level of consciousness.


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