KNOCEAN Facebook Pronounced “Notion.” Our music is real original reggae, with care taken to honor the tradition of the genre. You won’t find Sublime covers or cheesy boy band vocals- WORD SOUND and POWER. Former Lion Vibes members have collaborated to create an organism called Knocean. With Alicia Marsicovetere, Nik Levinsky, Jeff Reiss, Ryan Gambrell, Kendra Lee Kreie and Michael Hartman.
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Lionvibes Denver-based Lionvibes’ second full-length release, Full Stride, shows that this nine-piece band is on the national level that their loyal fans have always believed them to be. Rhythms shift seamlessly from dancehall to roots to hip-hop and afro-beat, creating a true style all their own, under the savvy lyrical tutelage of Professor Lynx. With horns, a heavy dose of percussion, production by world-renowned Lion and Fox Studios, and a common love for life and music, this album shows that the Lionvibes crew is definitely in Full Stride and ready to make some serious moves.
“Raggafunk: reggae/dub/dancehall/world beat influenced by the blues and funk, with a live horn section, dancehall MC and nine players on stage.” That about covers it, technically. But you’ve got to dig a little deeper to fully understand and appreciate the vibrant, living sound that projects from this band of devoted artists.
Lion Vibes’ arresting sound draws on various influences, creating a delicious cornucopia of rich, eclectic sounds that work together in a creative act whose final result is solid and cohesive, rippling with aural colors and sheer musical mesmerism.
“Lionvibes brings original music, thoughtfully arranged, tastefully delivered and consistent with every performance.” Bragging? No, because it’s true. Prof. Lynx expresses the musical effusion of his soul more succinctly. “Listen, learn, laugh and love.”
In other words, passion is required. How else could such sounds as those exhibited by Lionvibes exist? And within the undeniable sense of fun and joy that ripples through the band’s music, there is also to be found a bit of the profound, as well. “Lionvibes is inspired by the thought of educating people through music, helping people deal with life, entertaining people and having a great time!,” exclaims one band member. “I make music to uplift God and vanquish pain”, proclaims Professor Lynx.
“Listen and single out whatever genre influences are to be found in Lion Vibes’ music. Whatever the style you pick out for examination, it will prove to be presented in peak form in this living, breathing rush of musical artistry.” – A&R Select
Lion Vibes’ talent has already brought much-deserved acclaim and reward. The group was the winner of the Budweiser/Pinnacle Homes Rock Jam Battle of the Bands in 2006 and has opened for Anthony B, Yellowman, Joseph Hill and Culture, Israel Vibration, Everton Blender, The Itals, The Abyssinians, Sister Carol, Don Carlos, Eek-a-Mouse, The Meditations, Andrew Tosh, Yami Bolo, The Aggrolites, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Ratt, Tesla, and John Waitt. Late Summer of of 2007 saw Lion Viibes performing as U.K. and world renowned artist Pato Banton’s backing band. Lion Vibes moved to Denver in the Summer of 2007 and it took them until March of 2008 to really get back into the groove. In the midst of all this, the songwriting keeps giving birth. “Lion Vibes is constantly creating new music,” says Mr. Vagts. “We are currently composing our third album, “Go Judge Yourself.” But don’t expect this album to be released until 2009. “We feel this will be our best album to date and are taking our time to make it as close to perfection as possible!” Singles “Don’t You” and “Healin’ Night” – part of the new album – have been released as limited edition, and have been received very well by fans.
Lionvibes’ debut, Be Wise, hit the streets in 2004 on EMP. Lionvibes Live @ Reggae on the Mesa 2005– a DVD – introduced listeners to the band’s live sound in an ’05 EMP release. And 2006 witnessed the unleashing of Full Stride, also on EMP. Merchandise and more information is available by visiting the band’s website.