Hailing from outer Manchester, Jeremiah Ferrari is a rocky roots, reggae and ska quartet that has been turning heads with its punk rock take on traditional Jamaican dancehall, reggae and dub. Currently working on their first album, the band caught wind in 2012 after they self-released their second EP ‘The Dubby rock EP’ and topped the Key103 City Soundwave competition, which won the lads a slot at Manchester’s then called M.E.N Arena.
Jeremiah Ferrari stand out not only for their curious name but for their intercontinental approach to music; they draw influence from artists as diverse and Jamaica’s Bob Marley and Toots and the Maytals to Born in Britain punk band, The Buzzcocks, and Long Beach’s 90s ska punk band, Sublime. The eclecticism within their music is undeniable; Jeremiah Ferrari have created a thoroughly likeable sonic mongrel.
Dare you not to like it: arguably the band’s best track ‘Jazz Cigarette’ sees Caribbean calypso waves crash colourfully against Maroon 5-esque vocal ‘woah-oh-ohs’. ‘Jazz Cigarette’ fuses Jamaican dancehall tradition and noughties pop/rock with irresistible conviction. Indeed, the nostalgic pop/rock feel is helped out by sprightly electric guitar swings and a music video shot in a cluttered, psychedelic room that could be a teen band’s jam den. A taste of Jamaica: the band paint the track red, green and yellow with dub/reggae reverb on the guitar. The staccato drum ‘riddims’ rattle at energetic drum and bass tempo whilst the melody lilts kaleidoscopic chords that defy you to stand still.
As has been touched upon, the band’s 2012 EP ‘The Dubby Rock EP’ is one of the bands greatest triumphs to date. In particular, the loaded lyrics in the final track, ‘Mindless Riots’, remind us of the political role both punk and reggae have played in British musical culture: “What you’re fighting for!” Singer Ryan’s grizzly, almost riled vocals bring a corrugated indie edge whilst rocksteady syncopated dub chords call us all to skank.
Jeremiah Ferrari are worth a look in, regardless of your taste, because of their multifarious sound, not to mention good old fashioned danceability and likableness. Sunshine music: the opening track to ‘The Dubby Rock EP’ epitomises the band’s visionary ability to create uber-feel good sound – at risk of being a little cheesy. ‘Shine’ is a superspeed rainbow of flamenco-esque guitar flurries and strumming guitar: “Girl I love how you move and you twist!” With such energy and zeal, it’ll be a treat to see what tricks these four boys have up their sleeve for the future.