Formed on the tropical island Oahu in 2009, reggae band The Green has been on the fast track for mainstream, or should we say, mainland success.
Secluded 2,000 miles away from the continent, the group formed a loyal following in their home state of Hawaii. After having some fun and achieving local success, the group decided to record songs.
Check out their breakthrough single, “Love I,” from their self-titled debut album, The Green, named iTunes' Best Reggae Album of the Year in 2010. Not bad for a freshman album.
Since then, The Green has been spreading their Hawaiian vibes to the rest of the states, completing the entire Vans Warped Tour 2012 circuit. They recently opened for Bruno Mars, a high school friend of guitarist JP Kennedy, during his three sold-out shows in Honolulu. This fall, the band hits the mainland to promote their new record, Hawai’i ’13, and share their easy-going music across the West Coast and Midwest.
The band lineup includes vocalist Caleb Keolanui, keyboardist Ikaika Antone, guitarists JP Kennedy and Zion Thompson, multi-instrumentalist Brad “BW” Watanabe, and drummer Jordan Espinoza.
Their latest album, Hawai’i ’13, is all about love, good times, and positivity. Running the group in a egalitarian manner, all members contribute to songwriting and take turns on vocal lead, a method that’s proven successful since Hawai’i ’13 has already sold over 16,000 copies. Staying true to their roots, The Green opens and closes their record with a ceremonial Hawaiian chant by a chorus. The rest of the album is a blend of reggae and R&B. Most songs are upbeat jams with floating riffs and island style grooves evocative of sandy beaches and piña coladas. For a mellower sound check out “Stand & Rise” whose lyrics hint at rebellious undertones. Be sure to listen to “Power in the Words” and “Something About It,” which are sure to be popular hits.
by Vanessa Cravotta