“One good thing about music when it hits, you feel no pain. ” - Robert Nesta Marley.
— Trenchtown Rock
John Michaelz and the Black Brothers Band - EP Review: Limited Edition.
Excerpts from a REVIEW BY KEV ROWLAND.
The songs are perfect for the summer, as sunshine comes pouring out of every note, fresh and inviting, encouraging everyone who is listening to get up and dance. This is not music to be played at home, but where there are gatherings of people who want to have a good time and party. My favourite of the three songs is Do Tha Do’s which is slowed down so much that movements are jerky, yet underneath the staccato strikes there is a wonderfully fluid bassline which is simply sublime. It grooves, links in, moves off, comes back and is the beating heart of the song.
I love the backing vocals throughout the EP, as they add so much to what is undoubtedly a solid slice of being on the beach, sharing a barbie and beer with friends while dancing the night away.
Rating: ☆☆☆☆☆ ( 4 / 5 )
REGGAE SINGLES By Winston Watusi the weekend sun 29th July 2022
The songs are concise and to the point, three straightforward, catchy, grooves with positive lyrical sentiments. Perhaps the strongest is the latest, “Jah Face”, which emphasises the commonality of the human race and preaches unity. The production is warm and welcoming and the band's mix is filled with subtle detail and clever touches.
John Michaelz : Vocals / Rhythm Guitar
Nominated for a New Zealand Tui Award in 2010 for his Gospel album, Walk On Water with ten albums to his credit and known for his high-octane stage performances, fronting rock bands Hard To Handle, The Stone Babies and Kosher, John Michaelz' latest work combines his love of Reggae and his prowess for writing a great song. John's albums include fine contributions from the likes of Shona Laing, Rodger Fox, Ritchie Pickett, Gordon Joll (Herbs, Hello Sailor) Alan Norman (The Warratahs ,The Rag Poets) Liam Ryan (The Narcs) to mention a few. John has toured with Renee Geyer, American blues men Robert Penn and Junior Medlow. Born in Motueka Aotearoa and raised in Iceland for seventeen years, John returned to New Zealand in 1987, furthering a lifetime career in music.
Mike Kirk : Guitars
Known for his versatility as a guitarist, stalwart of the Bay of Plenty N.Z music scene, Mike Kirk has been a key member of many bands over the decades, as well as the 1970's punk-rock band The Rodents during his two year stint in Manchester, U.K. More recently Mike has played with Human Instinct (Maurice Greer) and In Orbit (Corben Simpson) It has been said that once you've worked with Mike, there's something missing, if he's not in the band.
The Black Brothers
Gary Black : Bass guitar and BVs Wayne Black : Drums and BVs
The Black Brothers have been in the music biz for over 50 years. They grew up listening to the likes of Tex Morton and Rusty Greaves playing in their living room, before going on to work with countless Kiwi music artists including Prince Tui Teka, Dalvanius, Brendan Dugan, Eddie Low, Frankie Stevens, Ritchie Pickett, Corben Simpson, Human Instinct,The Bad News Band - the list is endless...
Members of the Aotearoa N.Z. Music hall of fame.
Jamie Davis : Saxophone
Karen Waldon : Flute