Street Pharmacy today released a new EP, "Alimony", marking a fan-driven return to the band's reggae rock roots. The new recording, Street Pharmacy's fifth release, was inspired by overwhelming fan requests to return to its popular reggae-rock sound. The EP follows the band's Nov. 2011 alt rock-inspired release "Divorce".
Alimony also marks a return to Street Pharmacy's original four-member lineup. After a few jams in their hometown of Welland, Ontario, it was obvious that the spark that initially ignited the band, and the friendships within it, are still there. They decided to craft some new songs that would deliver a fresh take on the band's signature hip hop, reggae rock-infused sound.
Check out the new music video for the title track "Alimony":
About the New EP
Six new songs were recorded for Alimony over six days at Catherine North Studios in Hamilton, Ontario. Highlights include the title track "Alimony", which tackles the crumbling institution of marriage in today's society. The first track, "Step Outside", has fan pleasing, anthem-like qualities similar to the band's 2007 release "Free Delivery", with a country-inspired bridge that is new to Street Pharmacy.
The second track is a unique reggae version of Blind Melon's "Change" that fuses intrinsically folk instrumentals with reggae grooves and tight vocal melodies. Lead singer Ryan Guay demonstrates his strong but youthful pipes throughout the challenging vocals, staying true to both the original song and Street Pharmacy's distinctive reggae sound. Songs like "Twenty One" and "Shepherd's Pride" add more experimental song structures and arrangements to the band's distinctive sound.
The final song, "It Ain't That Crazy", is a reggae-infused hip hop track that features verses from Welland-based rapper Sosa and A Plus from Hieroglyphics/Souls of Mischief, one of the band's main musical influences. A Plus anchors the final verse with his signature hieroglyphics West coast flow, taking the EP to an unexpected, energized level. The track was originally produced and engineered by Adam Tune of live hip hop remix act "KEYS N KRATES". Tune has worked with Street Pharmacy since its inception in 2006. All of the other tracks were recorded and mixed by moon:and:6 and Marcone at Catherine North Studios, and produced by moon:and:6 and Ryan Guay.
Alimony will appeal to fans of Sublime, Pepper, illScarlet and Bedouin Soundclash.
About the Band
Street Pharmacy ( www.streetpharmacymusic.com
) is a four-piece reggae rock band hailing from Welland, Ontario. Led by Ryan Guay, the band has written and recorded four full length albums since its start in 2006 and has gained a cult following in much of Southern Ontario. Street Pharmacy offers a fresh sound that combines 90s alternative rock with reggae grooves and lyrical flow reminiscent of Golden Age Hip Hop. The band has a solid and growing fan base, with about 7,000 likes on Facebook, an album that achieved sales of 10,000 copies, and a Walk Off the Earth/Street Pharmacy YouTube video with over 2 million views. Street Pharmacy was a recent co-winner of the popular MuchMusic series DisBAND.