ST. PETERSBURG — Steel Pulse will perform Sunday, June 16, 7 p.m., at Jannus Live, 200 First Ave. N., St. Petersburg.
Tickets are $25. For information or to purchase tickets, call 727-565-0550 or visit jannuslive.com.
According to the band’s official website, Steel Pulse continues to be revolutionary in engaging controversial topics of racial injustice and human rights on a global scale. With the release of “Mass Manipulation” this year, the roots reggae band members prove that both their musical talent and their stance on the accelerating negativity of global affairs are as potent and relevant today as they were at the beginning of their career.
Hailing from the Handsworth area of Birmingham, England, Steel Pulse formed in 1975. Initially, the band had a difficult time booking venues due to their Rastafarian beliefs. They eventually found an outlet and a following, however, playing punk venues such as Anchor in London and The Electric Circus in Manchester in 1976.
Steel Pulse partnered with Rock Against Racism, playing its first music festival in 1978. Shortly after, they took a supporting role touring with Burning Spear. This arrangement led them to a record deal with Island Records. They released “Handsworth Revolution,” their debut album, in 1978.
Four decades later, Steel Pulse is back with “Mass Manipulation,” the band’s 12th studio album.
The album’s uniquely thematic approach provokes thought and encourages all people to reject false ideals, set higher goals, and demand more from themselves.
Lead singer and guitarist, David Hinds’ creativity, human persona, and visionary views are revealed through inspiring compositions that capture the effects of the African Diaspora. The songs weave and interlock with each other, enticing all to stand together and unite.
In the midst of today’s strife and turmoil, “Mass Manipulation” is Steel Pulse’s indispensable musical gift, as their 40-year legacy continues to define the power and beauty of reggae music. As reggae revolutionaries, Steel Pulse is revered by the younger generation of artists and remains a powerhouse on stages around the globe. Through the example of “Mass Manipulation,” Steel Pulse demonstrates the endless possibilities that come from breaking down the walls of systemic greed and nurturing the fellowship of mankind.