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Before you read anything else, please start jamming Tropidelic’s new album right now – this blog post is going to be infinitely cooler if you listen while reading
Incredible, right? It’s no surprise to me that Tropidelic is busy successfully carving themselves a beautiful and eclectic musical niche, born of funk, reggae, rock, hip hop, and an extremely tight-knit fan base (shout out to all the Tropi-holics out there!). These guys have come such a long way, and I’m insanely honored to be writing this article for them – I’m honored because almost nothing brings me more satisfaction than witnessing a band who’s grinded hard for years, put their blood, sweat, and tears into everything they do, and made more sacrifices than most will ever understand, starting to see some real success come out of their efforts.
Besides an occasional listen here and there on a playlist, my first real experience with Tropidelic was a couple years ago while living in Ocean Beach, CA (Slightly Stoopid’s hometown). I was sitting in my apartment one night, recording a song in my home studio, when all of a sudden I got a Facebook message from someone named Matthew Roads.
He said that he saw me post about being in Ocean Beach recently, and that his band Tropidelic was playing in town that night. The message read,
“I know you’re a busy guy, but you should stop down if you have the time. I’ll put you on the list either way… if you haven’t caught a show before, you won’t regret it… we go ham.”
I vividly remember being quite exhausted that night, but was pretty impressed and intrigued by his message – here was this band from Cleveland, Ohio, playing a show just a little north of Mexico, and they were reaching out to people in the area to ask them to come out and support. I was interested enough to go check the show out, and it was without a doubt one of the better choices I’ve made in my life.
Tropidelic was so unique and blissfully energetic that I walked out of the venue feeling like I’d just been lifted to an entirely new musical dimension. Their stage presence and energy was reminiscent of an early Chili Peppers show, and they seamlessly blended ska and reggae vibes into the framework, leaving the audience pleasantly stunned. They’re one of those bands that after you see live there’s no going back – their passion and pure excitement to be up there doing what they love is contagious, and they leave you feeling like you got slapped in the face with a handful of awesome. After that evening I vowed to myself that I would see them again soon, and happily, I got my chance not too long after, as they announced they were playing the world-famous California Roots Music and Arts Festival the very next year.
It’s been incredibly exciting seeing Tropidelic’s continued growth and success, and as I recently sat to listen to their new album “Here In The Heights”, it was clearer than ever to me the reason that so many people fall in love with this band; they manage to take their boundless energy and unique sound, and meld it into a geniously autobiographical soundtrack about chasing your dreams, living life to the fullest, making amends, and moving forward even when you’re dealt some really difficult cards.
Their music is raw and real, and hits at the core of the trials and tribulations we all face in life. While one moment they may be acting sarcastic and funny, the next they’ll pour their hearts out and dig extraordinarily deep; this energetic ebb and flow weaves itself throughout the entire album, and keeps the journey exciting from beginning to end.
This album really hit me like a ton of musical bricks, in the best way possible. Albums like this are why I love listening to music – the raw emotion, vibrant soundscapes, and dynamic energy, come together to create a truly beautiful experience. I literally had goosebumps on my arms listening to the song “Impossible”, which features Bumpin Uglies (another one of the incredible and well-deserving bands that’s making waves in the scene right now!)
When it comes down to it, my favorite part about Tropidelic’s sound is that it’s so uniquely their own. When listening to them you can certainly hear their biggest influences coming through, but not in a derivative way – they manage to seamlessly blend a multitude of genres into a cohesive, sonic brilliance.
These guys basically put their souls out there and hit record, and the result is a relatable magic that you can feel in the very depths of your being. If you ask them, they’ll tell you – the musician’s journey is not an easy one. That’s why it makes me so incredibly happy seeing them push forward and persevere. Although they may be living the musical journey, each one of us is on our own journey in life, and we can all appreciate the ups and downs of the paths we walk. Tropidelic effortlessly reflects those truths in their music, and that’s why they’ve built such a strong connection with so many people.
I can’t wait to see them continue developing as artists, and watch as they unlock more of the brilliant energy they possess. Thank you for creating an incredibly moving album – my sincere congratulations to you, and a cheers to many, many more! Much love from the entire Hill Kid family!
Make sure you support these guys and follow their journey!