Reggae, pop, rock heavyweights IRATION are back with the release of their third full-length album AUTOMATIC, out now on their own 3 Prong Records with distribution through MRI/RED. The 16-track collection is climbing iTunes album charts, currently at #1 on Reggae albums chart and #7 overall albums chart. Focus track “Back Around” is currently receiving radio airplay nationally with adds at 91X in San Diego, CA, 92.9 KJEE in Santa Barbara, CA, 98.7 WRMR in Wilmington, NC, 102.7 WJSE in Atlantic City, NJ, 107.3 KURQ in San Luis Obispo, CA, 101.9 KUCD in Honolulu, HI and more.
With AUTOMATIC, IRATION—Micah Pueschel (Guitar/Vocals), Joe Dickens (Drums), Adam Taylor (Bass) and Cayson Peterson (Keyboards)–is further pushing their musical boundaries while staying true to the sound they helped bring to the mainstream. The band collaborated with Cage The Elephant guitarist Lincoln Parish who is featured on several tracks and helped co-produce select songs on the album along with long term studio partner JP Hesser of Castaway 7 Studios in Ventura, CA.
“Automatic is an album that most completely describes our music,” Micah shares. “It is eclectic in its songs and covers the full range of styles that we pride ourselves in being able to play. Love in all its forms, is and has always fueled our music: love of life and its mysteries, love for your home, love of nature, and of course love between people. Automatic is no different. The title track ‘Automatic’ is a tribute to our fans. We owe them everything.”
A video for title track “Automatic,” featuring personal footage shot by the band while on the road, can be seen here: youtu.be/dQsQtuEM7Oo. The group recently shot a new music video for “Back Around” in their hometown of Santa Barbara which will be unveiled in the coming weeks. IRATION is also offering fans the opportunity to check out all the new songs via their YouTube page at hyoutube.com/user/Irationlive/videos.
IRATION’s last full-length album Time Bomb was released in March 2010 and quickly hit #1 on the iTunes Reggae Albums chart, #40 on iTunes’ overall music chart, #2 on Billboard’s Reggae Albums chart and #30 on Billboard’s Heatseekers Albums chart. “Falling,” the massive hit single from Time Bomb and first released on their 2008 EP titled Sample This, has gone on to sell over 83,000 copies, received over 4.8 million Myspace plays and over 3.4 million combined YouTube plays, not to mention the countless cover videos posted. The band’s last release, 2011’s Fresh Grounds EP, also debuted impressively on multiple charts, coming in at #1 on the Billboard Heatseekers Albums chart and breaking into the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart.
The Hawaiian-bred, Santa Barbara, CA-based band will embark on a coast-to-coast national headlining tour dubbed the “Automatic Tour” featuring special guests Through the Roots, Fortunate Youth and Micah Brown. The run will officially kick off August 5 in Portland before making its way east, stopping in Salt Lake City, Omaha, St. Louis, Detroit, Chicago and Boston. The 30-date tour will then hit New York City Thursday, August 22 for a show at Highline Ballroom before heading to Philadelphia, Washington, DC, Myrtle Beach, Jacksonville, Fort Lauderdale, Orlando and Atlanta. As they travel back west, IRATION will make numerous stops throughout Texas in Houston, Corpus Christi, Austin and Dallas and visit Tulsa, Albuquerque, Tempe, Sacramento and San Francisco before wrapping in Los Angeles Saturday, September 21 at The Wiltern.
IRATION has also set a few high profile shows before the “Automatic Tour,” including a July 13 show alongside reggae legends Steel Pulse at the OC Fair in Orange County, CA and a August 2 headlining show at the Del Mar Racetrack’s annual Summer Concert Series in San Diego, CA. See below for full list of dates and venues.