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How did Iration come about and how long have you guys all known each other?

We met in High School on the Big Island of Hawaii, though Kai, Micah and Cayson knew each other long before that. We didn’t form the group until moving out to California for school. The majority of us went to UCSB in Santa Barbara where we started playing music as a hobby.

Iration just finished a long stretch on the Winter Blackout tour with The Expendables, Passafire, Roots Down Below, and Pour Habit. Tell us about being on tour for such a long period of time with so many bands.
Winter Blackout was rad. We were out for a pretty long stretch there but it really didn’t feel like it because we were having a blast. We were pretty skeptical about the number of bands at first, but the package worked really well. Each band has a pretty different style so it was cool to jam with all of them, and see what other groups are bringing to the table. "We really wanted to get creative on this album without straying to far from what works best for us."

I saw a couple of videos of you guys online during the latest Winter Blackout tour; one was of a snowball fight and the other was a hilarious prank. You guys ended up stacking a huge mountain of stuff on one someone while he was sleeping on the couch. Was this amongst some of your crazier times on tour or can you tell us even crazier moments then those?
That night was crazy. The mountain man was Cesar our merch guy/roadie. We had a day off at the Ron Jon Resort in Florida for the Super bowl. Got smashed on 4 Loko (honorary “energy drink” of blackout tour) and of course the little guy went down first, prompting a series of pranks. We actually stayed up all night and watched the shuttle launch from our balcony, which was really cool.

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I am sure there has to be times when individuals get annoyed with each other while on tour. When that happens how do you resolve the issues before hitting the stage?
Occasionally we do get annoyed with each other, but we’ve been friends for so long we can usually just hug it out. On the rare instance that we can’t, we usually dog-pile the instigator until he submits and that usually ends the argument pretty quickly.

Not too long ago, Micah put up his own Myspace as a format for people to hear songs that were in the writing process. Will he continue to do this and is there a possible solo acoustic record in the works?
Micah’s acoustic guitar is really instrumental in his song-writing process so I’m certain he’ll continue to do that and put new songs up. It’s a really good way for Joe, Cayson, and I to create a song after we listen to Micah and Kai play it on an acoustic first, and I’m sure that’s a process we’ll continue.

Iration has played with an impressive roster of artists. What was your favorite show so far and why?
My favorite show was playing the ‘Jesusita Fire Benefit Concert’ here in Santa Barbara with our friends Rebelution. We live in the foothills where the fire came really close to the homes and were evacuated. We stayed at the Rebelution pad downtown until we could go back, and a few weeks later played a sold-out concert for the fire fighters. A few days later we got to give them a $10,000 check from Iration, Rebelution, and Twiin productions. That felt amazing and it was really cool to see the impact we can have on our small community here in Santa Barbara.

What does it take for this scene (Reggae Rock) to become as big as it is in California?
The scene is definitely starting to catch on nationally, but the majority of the bands that are doing well are coming out of California, so naturally the scene is big out here. I think it’s also the combination of the surf and the weather that promote positive music like reggae-rock.

What was your initial reaction when you found out you were being signed to Law Records?
We were stoked! It’s definitely something we’ve talked about for a long time so for it to finally happen is great.

What can fans expect from your newest album that was just released on March 16?
Fans can expect to hear an album with good energy and an upbeat vibe. “Time Bomb” is definitely a continuation of the style of music we made on the “Sample This” EP, though we’ve experimented with elements of rock and hip-hop on this one. I think the guitars and keyboard will really define what sets this album apart from the work we’ve done in the past.

On the new album “Time Bomb”, the song ‘You Don’t Know’ features Tunji who lays down his hip hop style to the track. When listening to the song it definitely was unexpected. How did this collaboration come about?
We really wanted to get creative on this album without straying to far from what works best for us. When we layed the track down, we wanted something more from the song and Tunji fit perfectly. He went to Pomona College with Micah and is a close friend of his so when we discussed bringing someone in, he was an obvious choice. "Occasionally we do get annoyed with each other, but we’ve been friends for so long we can usually just hug it out."

Is it difficult when choosing songs for fans to preview before the release? Do you ever second guess thinking maybe this one may have gained more interest?
We thought the songs that we released were indicative of the feel of the album, not necessarily because we thought they were the best songs. My favorite song is actually “Coming your Way” which until recently, had never played live.

With it being so easy for friends to share CD’s must make it difficult knowing how a record is really doing. That being said, how is success judged nowadays, more by record sales or how many people show up to the shows?
Record sales and ticket sold are both really important indicators. We check how our CD is doing on the reggae billboard and on itunes, but seeing how many fans show up to our shows is a really good indication of the amount of hype behind an album.

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It wasn’t more than a few years ago that you played Peppers Kona Town Music Festival. I flew out there to check that out and I must say, it was one of the coolest experiences ever. Any speculation on this Festival making a comeback?
I think it’ll make a comeback. The kids in Kona get really psyched when big bands like Pepper and Stoopid come through, plus lots of the revenues go straight back to the community, so I think we’ll see it happen again.

Iration is about to tour with a few young bands on the Time Bomb Tour, such as, Pacific Dub and Through The Roots. What kind of advice do you give to them about the life on the road?
Stay the F away from our hospitality rider!! Nah, the best advice is advice we’ve been given over the years. Be on time, be quick on and off stage, always rock the show, always go straight to merch after the set, and always, always, always help the headliner’s crew load-out ;) 

Final Question: Has anyone in the band had any crazy fan experiences yet?
Ummm, yeah. A group of teenage girls found out where we lived and used to drive by our house at night. They’d call out Micah or Kai’s name real loud, giggle a bunch, and then peel out. They’d do this for a few hours or so until Greg our neighbor would get the hose out.

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DATE VENUE/CITY TICKETS EVENT
March 13th, 2010 Velvet Jones - Santa Barbara, CA
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March 16th, 2010 Record Release @ The Roxy Theatre - Los Angeles, CA
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March 19th, 2010 The Catalyst - Santa Cruz, CA
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April 8th, 2010 Pipeline Cafe with 311 - Honolulu, HI
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April 9th, 2010 Pipeline Cafe with 311 - Honolulu, HI
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April 10th, 2010 Maui Arts Cultural Center with 311 - Kahului, HI
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April 11th, 2010 Kona Bowl - Kailua-Kona, HI
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April 23rd, 2010 House of Blues - Anaheim, CA
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April 24th, 2010 House of Blues - San Diego, CA
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April 25th, 2010 The Clubhouse - Tempe, AZ
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April 27th, 2010 The Launchpad - Albuquerque, NM
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April 28th, 2010 Fox Theatre - Boulder, CO
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April 30th, 2010 Eagles Lodge - Bozeman, MT
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May 1st, 2010 El Corazon - Seattle, WA
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May 2nd, 2010 Hawthorne Theatre - Portland, OR
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May 4th, 2010 Neurolux - Boise, ID
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May 5th, 2010 Club Sound - Salt Lake City, UT
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May 6th, 2010 Hard Rock Hotel & Casino - Las Vegas, NV
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May 7th, 2010 The Underground - Reno, NV
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May 8th, 2010 Golden Valley Outdoor Amphitheatre - Santa Clarita, CA
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May 10th, 2010 Starline - Fresno, CA
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May 11th, 2010 Fat Cat - Modesto, CA
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May 12th, 2010 The Boardwalk - Orangevale, CA
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May 13th, 2010 Mazzotti's - Arcata, CA
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May 16th, 2010 Pozo Saloon with Steel Pulse - Pozo, CA
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