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    Mon, 04 Nov 2013 09:42:29

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    ARTISTdirect has partnered with Passafire to stream their entire album Vines, out November 11 on Easy Star Records.

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First, some background info.

 Passafire have secured their place in the exploding U.S. reggae scene, yet musically, they are often far apart from many of the bands in the community, with a growing emphasis on alternative rock and prog rock elements.

    Their lyrical content is often outside the norm, as well, avoiding standard party themes, preferring to craft songs about love, the fight for good over evil, the relationship with man's best friend and more.

    And while at least half the band grew up enamored with long instrumental jams from bands like Umphrey's McGee and Phish, it's interesting to note the short, tightly structured songs on Vines eschew noodling and soloing for powerful yet understated efficiency.

 "We like to capture what we do live and show it in the songs," Passafire's Mike DeGuzman told us. "The songs were written to show what we are capable of in the studio, while leaving room for further exploration in the live setting."

    So enjoy this try-before-you-buy period!

    Our fave track was "Earthquake," the opening tune.

What did you think of Passafire's Vines?

    -Maggie Pannacione

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