880 South – 2014
880 South flaunts with the softer subtleties of funky soul while teasing with rhythms of lovers rock reggae masked over a heart hitting rock pulse that drives their alternative rock DNA. Their lyrics are infused by uncensored humor, painful humility and also passionate, yet sometimes haughty perspectives to highlight the struggles and triumphs of a blue-collared American musician’s lifestyle. Deep breath…
As a pioneering artist in the emerging California reggae-rock genre, their fan-collective spreads from the US to international audiences of Japan, Australia, the United Kingdom, South Africa and Brazil. They have opened for and toured with bands like The Expendables, Slightly Stoopid, The Holdup, Rebelution, Insolence and Fishbone and are often mentioned in comparison to the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Sublime, 311 and Pepper. Loyal fanatics have dubbed them as “Reggae On Steroids”. Close friends have dubbed them “Good Times”
In 1998, the origin of 880 South came from the ashes of a once boisterous Cactus Club alt-rock scene in Northern California. Originally known as the Floppy Rods, they transformed their funk-laden sound in 2002 and became 880 South. Proudly associating themselves with the California freeway that united the original four members now survived by songwriters Luigi (Weege) Casaretto, Greg (G) Medeiros and Aaron Liebelt and long time friend and frontman of WhoGAS, Brandon Valatka. The foursome compose and arrange their own quality studio productions and can be seen performing in the San Francisco Bay Area. More recently 880 South played the Re-upholstered SoFA Street Fair in September 2014.
Classic Rock and Reggae are the common denominators in this musical math concoction. However it is the Motown and Hip-Hop influence in reinforced by groove rhythms and Pocket-Funk theory that complete the equation. Orchestrated from start to finish with hooks and catchy melodies with grooves that make your head and shoulders pop and lock.
Since inception, 880 South has recorded 2 full length albums available on iTunes titled Beware & Youth Bus Sessions on Dub Rock Records. A 7 song ep is coming in January 2015.
For a good time, call 880 South – 408-480-1966