Passafire was formed in 2003 by students attending Savannah College of Art and Design. Throughout the years, they have become a perpetually touring band playing hundreds of shows a year with bands like 311, Rebelution, Pepper, Matisyahu, Michael Franti, The Wailers and many more. Bowne doesn’t mind the grueling schedule and adds, “Touring is the best way to keep the buzz about the band going. What keeps it fun and exciting is the people we meet and places we get to see. We are in a new city every day so there's always something to go see or do. If we didn't tour constantly, we wouldn't be doing as well as we are. That's a fact.”
Ted Bowne – Guitar/Lead Vox
Will Kubley – Bass/Vox
Mike DeGuzman – Keys
Nick Kubley – Drums
I first discovered Passafire back in 2010 and I fell in love with their music almost instantly. They are the only reggae band I know of that can mix genres as well as 311 does. That's part of what makes this band so special, because throughout their entire catalogue of 5 albums and 1 EP you will never hear the same sound twice. While some bands try to stick in their comfort zone and repeat the success of a previous release, Passafire is always exploring different sounds while somehow managing to improve with every release.
I've attended every Passafire concert in Houston since I first saw them on the 2014 WinterBrewHaHa tour with Ballyhoo! and Pacific Dub and each one has been an incredible experience. They always put on a high energy performance that gets the crowd going and they aren't afraid of requests. Every member of the band is truly passionate about the music and it can be seen from the time they open their set to well after they've left the stage because they come out and thank the fans after every show. The best part about it all is that they sound just as good live as they do on their records so if you enjoy their music than you are guaranteed to spend the entire time dancing around or nodding your head and at the end they throw in a cover of some classic song you'd never expect from a reggae band.
(If you're curious there is a video below of them covering "All That She Wants" by Ace of Bass)
Song Quality:When it comes to quality I think about whether or not a song would still sound good when it's preformed stripped(Acoustic). That's how I determine if a song is good when i'm reviewing it because that means it has good structure and solid lyrics. After that I start to take a lot of things into consideration like lyrical content, instrument variety, production effects, etc because those are the things that make a song great. So when I say Passafire's songs are great I'm not generalizing, I literally enjoy every song they've released so far and in my opinion they are all great because they all coexist on a different part of music spectrum. Their first album started with a real roots reggae vibe and they've explored a different part of the spectrum with every release since. From the amazing use of a horn section in "Everyone On Everynight" to the distinct sound of a banjo in some of the tracks on "Start from Scratch" there is always something new and exciting to listen to when a Passafire song comes on.
Personally I think you can't go wrong with this band, Look up Passafire and play the first thing that pops up! If you need a song title to look up their most popular songs are "Start From Scratch", "Dimming Sky", and "Ghost Man". My personal favorites are "The King", "Go", "Preelectricity", and "Shapes and Colors"
Passafire is one of the best bands to ever play music. My opinion is extremely biased and didn't write this review from a neutral point of view but it is my honest opinion that everyone should check out Passafire for themselves. I've only met a few people who didn't like them and that was simply because they don't stick strictly to the reggae genre. The bottom line is they are a great band with a unique sound that is ever changing!