is undeniably turning the world of music upside
down and sideways as they blur the lines between
rock, reggae, punk and pop to craft their own
hybrid of music that can’t be held down to one
definitive genre. This signature sound of theirs
is one they have been perfecting since theirhigh
in Aberdeen, Maryland - the sweet melodic voice
of lead singer and guitarist Howi Spangler; the
hard hitting beats set forth by brother and
drummer Donald “Big D” Spangler; the skillfully
added funk of bassist JR “Mista J” Gregory and
Scott Vandrey (aka DJ Blaze) rounds it out on
the turntables and keys.
BALLYHOO!’s unique sound, hardcore devotion to
the road and to their fans, partnered with their
irresistible “life of the party” approach have
pitched them into the position of America’s
favorite feel good party band. They didn’t get
here by accident; rather, they had been single-
handedly growing their empire through
unparalleled hard work and dedication until Jan
2011, when they got a well-deserved nod from LAW
Records and were signed to the Hawaii-based
independent record label. PEPPER, the dub rock
music mega-sensation and owner of LAW Records,
says of their newest addition, “HavingBallyhoo!join
the LAW Records family is a perfect fit. They
are an incredibly talented band with a really
catchy style”. Now, with the backing of LAW,
2011 promises to be a paramount year on
BALLYHOO!’s trajectory destined for greatness!
BALLYHOO! has toured the country with some of
the biggest and most respected names in the
reggae rock genre – 311, AUTHORITY ZERO, PEPPER,
THE SUPERVILLAINS. “It’s always intimidating
when playing for another band’s crowd, you never
know how they’re gonna react,” explains front
man Howi, “but then you see that they’re
enjoying it and the worry goes away. You’re free
to rock at that point!”. BALLYHOO! will start
their tour of the southeast with fellow label
mates IRATION in February 2011. Their rigorous,
nonstop nationwide touring schedule has
certainly been thecatalystfor
the exponential growth in their fan base.
BALLYHOO! fans are some of the most loyal and
enthusiastic fans out there and their love for
the band runs deep.
In 2006, BALLYHOO! released Do It For The Money!
which “opened a lot of doors for us and spread
like wildfire in the underground” says Howi.
Their follow up album, Cheers!, was released in
May of 2009 and was an opportunity to work with
311’s Scotch Ralston as the producer. In
addition, BALLYHOO!’s stellar rendition of “40
Oz. To Freedom” is featured on the compilation
album, Forever Free: A Tribute to Sublime, and
helped stimulate a surge in their popularity.
Fans can also hear their songs on the Rock Band
Network and in feature films.
BALLYHOO! currently has a single out on iTunes
(“The Front Porch”) and when they aren’t on the
road, they are in the studio, finishing their
new album, which is slated for release on LAW
Records in the summer of 2011.
REBEL… Progressing Humanity Thru the Arts.
(Sounds like Bob Marley, Common, & Phish)
is an ORGANIC HIPHOP COLLECTIVE based out of
North Jersey. UR is what you get when you take
Bob Marley’s brand of REBEL MUSIC, mixed with
the conscious lyricism of COMMON, with the
musical experimentation of PHISH; a style UR has
titled “HipHop Dub/Luv”. The band’s frontman,
ADEO, formerly of the group RAINation, was the
featured opening act for such legends as Kanye
West, The Black Eye Peas, The Roots, Wyclef
Jean, Talib Kweli, Common, Robert Randolph,
Jimmy Cliff, Julian Marley, and an array of
other artists. Now Adeo & his band of rebels
have brought their delicious beats and conscious
lyrics together to bring your soul and mind a
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