By Paige Trubatch
The eight members of Pressure Cooker performed live during Rockers on Thursday night, and they brought with them the warm and soulful sounds of their unique brand of reggae music.
A mix of ska, rock steady and reggae, the band say they try to stick to the roots of the music they love so much. The technique seems to be working, as the group has been together for 11 years now. The brass and woodwinds style is different than most reggae acts and is much more prominent. The set included three tracks: “Misunderstanding,” the more pop-oriented “One Kind of Love” and the title track off their album What She Wants.
The reggae music scene may not be as readily accessible as other forms of music, but fans of the genre can see Pressure Cooker perform live at the House of Blues on April 25th. Or you can do as Pressure Cooker suggest: “Look in newspapers, look for shows…Google reggae music in Boston.”
Local Music Week continues on Rockers with Pressure Cooker, Boston’s own original old-school, progressive roots reggae band. They stopped by the WERS live mix studio tonight to perform and be interviewed by Rocker’s own Jay Buff. The group was formed in 1997 ona shared passion of Jamaican ska, rocksteady, and reggae music of the sixties and seventies. The first song they performed was a laid back, horn infused song called “Misunderstanding.” Their second song, “One Kind Of Love,” featured lighter vocals paired with an upbeat guitar riff and hard hitting drums. Over the years, Pressure Cooker has performed with top reggae artists including Toots & the Maytals, Burning Spear, Gregory Isaacs, The Wailers, Prince Buster, Derrick Morgan, The Skatalites, Culture, Laurel Aitken, and Eek-A-Mouse. They were also nominated for Best Reggae Act in 1999 and Best Ska Band in 2000 by the Boston Music Awards.