American Ska Band, Umbrella Bed, are back in action with mindful vengeance. Having recently released their thought-provoking and potent new album, ‘Rotate’, the guys have tossed aside their pride and prove that they are steadily making inner strides that serve to stir the societal pot with lyrical ingredients that have been cooked up from a place of love.
Kicking off with the first and title track, “Rotate”, the guys mimic the instrumental energy of Red Hot Chili Peppers and lyrically send listeners into a space of contemplation as they cunningly highlight the reality of the universal inclination toward singular certainty rather than leading one’s unique life with an open-mind. The second track, “Say Your Goodbyes”, begins with an inspirited and groovy feel as the trumpet eases the lyrical punch and influences listeners to crawl out of their self-induced mental traps and take action toward gaining back control of their lives. “Dark Days” is the third track that lyrically walks listeners down the tunnel of their own darkness and deep into inner revelations speaking of the benefits of encountering the dark nights to further relish and appreciate moments within the light. The fourth track, “These Final Days”, speaks metaphorically about how every single individual has the ability to create their own unique perception of every last aspect and circumstance within their lives, including the almighty source of musing, time, which Umbrella Bed perceives as infinitely right here, right now.
“Just Tell Me What To Do” is the fifth track that is a merciless jab straight into the gut of the ill-intentions behind the corporate world that influences mental slavery within individuals that have subconsciously or consciously succumbed to being swallowed whole within a life of accepting misguided intentions. The sixth track, “Strange Conviction”, instrumentally mimics the likes of No Doubt and takes the album for a turn into a softer songwriting style and dynamic, yet creates room to mindfully feel and think through the potency of this release. “Always On The Rebound” is the seventh track that surges straight into how individuals tend to begin creating assumptions upon meeting another rather than simply being while choosing to allow reality slowly and steadily unfold. Closing out with “3 Twenty Seven”, Umbrella Bed soften the necessary lyrical blow with a short instrumental journey into the positive space that they have collectively come together to create.
Balancing out the lyrical richness of ‘Rotate’ with funky instrumentals that reek of good vibes, Umbrella Bed is a band that is universally grounded and dedicated to standing tall within the raw reality of their own singular lives. If you’re a fan of fellow musicians such as 311 and No Doubt, then take steps in the direction of truth and keep your eyes peeled on the road ahead for Umbrella Bed on Soundcloud.
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