MP3 Bulletproof Marshmallows - Tube Checker
Progressive dub combining reggae and ska based rock with a message of peace, harmony, and acceptance.
15 MP3 Songs
WORLD: Reggae, ROCK: Progressive Rock
Members: Adam Powell - vocals, guitar
Britt Powell - drums, percussion
Blake Bosarge - keyboard, samples
John Schraeder - bass
The original members of the band (Adam Powell, Britt Powell, and Blake Bosarge) have been together over 5 years. The band was formed while they were students at Booker T. Washington Magnet High School in Montgomery,Al. John Schraeder was added in 2003 to round out the current lineup.
The bands music can best be described as a hybrid mix of reggae, ska, and punk. They have combined an energetic punk style with a rhythmic sound more characteristic of ska and reggae. It is drum and bass driven, with the guitar and keyboard adding rhythmic accents. This emerging style of music is becoming known as "Progressive Dub."
The band''s first CD, Get The Lead Out, was released in May 2001. Songs that received radio play were "That Game", "Crabtree Crawler", "Permanent Honeymoon", "Helga the Cheerleader", and "Metropolitan Man". A popular live favorite is "Rasta Man".
Their second CD, Dubbin'' in da Gump, was released in May 2002. Songs that received radio play were "Nevermind II", "Political Song", and "Bad Habits". "Nevermind II" was released on Shut Eye Records A Low Watt Document: Melodic Marvels compilation and distributed to over 430 college and independent radio stations throughout North America in June 2002.
Their third CD, Tube Checker, was released June 7, 2003. "Wicked Ways" is currently receiving radio play on WXFX 95.1 FM in Montgomery. Other popular songs, based on crowd response and an online poll are "Own Way", "Deviance", "True Love", and "Bacon".
All 3 CD''s were released on the band''s own label, Skat Kat Records.
The band has played large festivals throughout Alabama and Tennessee including Jubilee CityFest, RiverJam, Camp Reggae, TigerStock, BayFest, and the Watermelon Festival. They have also played at colleges throughout Alabama such as Auburn Univ., Troy State Univ., Huntingdon College, and Samford Univ. They regularly play at local clubs and venues as well as others outside of the Montgomery area including Birmingham and Tuscaloosa,Al,as well as Atlanta, Ga.
The band was named as one of Montgomery''s " Most Promising Acts" by a panel assembled by the Montgomery Advertiser last year. Recently, the band won the urban category at the Jubilee CityFest Battle of the Bands. This earned them a slot at Jubilee CityFest for the third year in a row. They followed this up by winning The Metro''s Battle of the Bands in late March.