ROCKSTEAD'S 'LAST STRAW'
What hot sounds in the city should fans be listening to of yours right now? Jake B: We just recently dropped our newest single "Last Straw (feat. The Quasi Kings)". How has the reception been to new music?
Jake B: Solid! All of our streaming numbers have been increasing by over 100% and we're seeing lots of new listeners all over the country and the world! Can't wait for the rest of the new album to be released. What are you looking forward to most when you perform in front of an audience this year? Jake B: We're really looking forward to throwing these new songs in our sets. This new music is really fun to play live and it will be awesome to see how the crowd reacts to some of this stuff. What was the intention set for your music? Jake B: The intention was really to give everyone something that they could listen to. We've got a wide variety of music on this album and we feel like it will cater to a lot of different listeners. If you like rock there is rock. If you like reggae there is reggae. If you like acoustic music there is an acoustic track. We pride ourselves in our versatility. What was the most important message to impart with your music? Jake B: A lot of our music centers around unity, positivity, love, and rising above both personal and social issues you might face in your life. I think the most important message is that our music is here to bring people together. What is a song of yours that you have on repeat right now to set the mood for 2022? Jake B: We've got a song on the new album called "Remember Me". I listen to that one often to keep my head in the game.
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The feeling of love. The power of unity. The essence of happiness. The strength of togetherness and positive vibrations. The highs of living life and the lows of dealing with its obstacles. All of these things encapsulate the music of Cincinnati, OH-based Rockstead, a five-piece, passion driven rock/reggae group.
With roots leading as far back as middle school, Rockstead combines a lifetime full of influences ranging from rock, punk, reggae, jam and metal. In their early days Rockstead ruled the college party scene in Ohio with a schedule full of impromptu house shows that led to packed basements of DIY venues and later, massive crowds attending college fests such as Ohio University’s infamous spring festivals. This early success catalyzed the debut of their first album “Wake Up and Live” (2013) shortly followed by their popular self-recorded “Rise” EP (2014). These releases ignited their inner road warrior leading to a plethora of plays at music festivals and concert venues across the Midwest. Since then, Rockstead continues to widen their reach touring throughout the Eastern U.S. and down into Florida.
Though member changes have occurred over the years, front man singer/guitarist Jake Burns continues to drive the group forward as they have shared stages with international touring acts such as The Wailers (Jamaica), Sticky Fingers (Australia) and Big Mountain (U.S.A.) as well as many staple East coast reggae acts like Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad, Badfish, Tropidelic, Bumpin’ Uglies and Ballyhoo!. The band has now grown to include Nate Anuci (drums) and Jacob Riley (lead guitar). With a healthy gap since their last full release (Homegrown, 2016) Rockstead dropped their first studio album “You’re In Control” in September 2020 which scored them multiple features in blogs and podcasts across the scene making them “one of the most unique and special bands in [Cincinnati]” (CincyMusic, 2020).
By using their relentless high-energy performances and genre-bending setlists, while aligning their unwavering dedication to the do-it-yourself work ethic, Rockstead shows no sign of slowing down their mission of bringing people together through music.