Music Feature

A Philly Band You Should Know: Tsunami Rising

by Ryan O'Connell
Local band mashes up rock, reggae, punk, hardcore and ska.

An oral history of Tsunami Rising, told by the band to magazine.

Tsunami Rising has been a band for 9 years.

Someone once coined Reggae/Noise-core, which was creative.

Our song writing process is a very slow and often painful one. We write pretty much all the songs together. It usually takes the following course: one member has a riff or an idea, they then bring it to practice and if everyone likes it we begin to deconstruct it, rebuild it, add parts, remove parts, combine ideas, or start all over. The songs represent all of our inputs and influences collectively.

Yes we are still using our blessed Christ Baptist church van and as long as we can, we will.

Play everywhere and anywhere we can and try not to get too drunk before we play or leave without getting paid.

We all have special places in our music hearts for punk, reggae, and hip hop. Books and any other way of learning are a very big influence for us because it drives us to think, and then to think about our music and what it means to make "good" music in relation to the world.

Dave Bakey, Drew Daniels, Tom McAteer and Jeff Calhoun, though our Facebook fans may tell you otherwise.

We actually just finished writing the music after a long four years and we are going to begin recording this Friday March 23 and hope to have it (a new album) released this Summer. We have titles but aren't settled on anything officially as of yet. I think we are all really proud of what we’ve come up with for this.

It was also really cool to play at the Troc (the Trocadero in Philadelphia) because that is a venue that we always went to as kids, and still do. It’s cool to perform on a stage you’ve seen Propagandhi, The Bouncing Souls, Talib Kweli, etc. performing on.

Originality is always refreshing.

A good friend of ours named Keith Harkin is in an Irish Man-Boy Band called Celtic Thunder. (Ask your mother about them.) Despite his finely groomed hair, he’s total rock and roll and crazily enough he offered to set up a tour for us (in Ireland) with his other band, the Dirty Stop Outs. He brought us out there for 35 alcohol soaked days and we toured just about the whole country and in the north (which is technically apart of the UK) doing gigs like the Derry Jazz Music Festival and in surf towns like Strandhill, Sligo.

We cover exactly one song, Reel to Real’s “I Like to Move It”.

To think is to create ideas and creating ideas allows us to create music that we feel is a progression. Our biggest influence is life. Not in a cheesy “we are happy to be alive” way, but in the way that as we see what’s going on in our world and we use music to express the emotions it stirs in us.

Who’s gonna pull over or rob a church van?

photos courtesy of Tsunami Rising.

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