WHO ARE 1814?
NZ Reggae band 1814, who originally came out of the hill’s surrounding the beautiful Whangaroa Harbour in 2004, have been performing their take on Kiwi flavoured Reggae throughout New Zealand and Australia ever since.
They have enjoyed national success with their debut album ‘Jah Rydem’, released in 2008. Band founder Patu Colbert describes the album as having sweet soulful vocals, upbeat grooves, wicked sax lines and a strong message of Peace, Love and Harmony. The album was recorded at world-renowned recording studio, York Street, in Auckland. “Jah Rydem”, reached number 1 on the New Zealand indie charts with ‘Jah Rastafari’ reaching gold status in digital downloads. The band received an award for their song ‘Whakahonohono mai’, at the Maori Music Waiata Awards 2012. It has been the most played song on Maori Radio for the past 4 years.
Late 2011, the band released an album of cover songs from artists such as UB40, Burning Spear, Don Carlos, Johnny Cash, Bill Withers, Dennis Brown, The Naturalites, Alton Ellis, Sam Cooke, and Finlay Quaye. Patu said, “we wanted to record the cover songs we played over the years in our live shows, simply because we love them and the fans love them.”
1814 released their 3rd album ‘Relax’ through Ode Records at the end of 2012.
A review from the NZ Musician said, “1814 are one of the many quality local reggae groups giving the rest of the world a taste of our homegrown produce. Given the high-quality production values on this sophomore album, it is easy to see why 1814 are enjoying their own international success. Everything about this album screams “good times” – its smile-inducing swagger, its sunny disposition, and the honeyed vocal harmonies from Darren Katene, Neihana Mackey-Harrison and Kalani Marsters. Reggae music is generally very concerned with being itself; this is no more evident than on a song called Reggae Music. ‘Relax’ derives its strength from its laid-back sultry vibes. The title track leads the way, riding a giant horn section hook into an impossibly smooth groove. 1814 maintain this feel good energy right to the final notes of The Time Has Come. Make no mistake: this is summer music. The upbeat tone would be a cruel reminder of beach side barbeques and sunny days in the depths of winter, so enjoy it with the season.”
Over the years 1814 have supported numerous international bands like; Third World on their NZ Tour, Nas and Damien Marley on their Distant Relatives Tour, Michael Franti and Spearhead, Kolohe Kai, Rebel Souljahs, Raggamuffin international artists; Mary J Blige, Jimmy Cliff, Maxi Priest, The Wailers, Kymani Marley, J Boog, Spawnbreezie, Billy Ocean, Ali Campbell, Sly and Robbie, Arrested Development and N’kule Dube.
The band, Patu Colbert (guitar), Shaun Colbert (drums), Jimmy Colbert (bass guitar), Darren Katene (lead vocals), Andrew Phillips (keyboards), Chris Pierce (saxophone), Neihana Mackey-Harrison (vocals), Kalani Marsters (vocals) and Tim Cooper (guitar).
The band’s on the road so make sure you get out and catch them at a show near you.
Source: 1814 Website