The islands of Hawaii are not only the biggest influence on Iration’s sound they are home to all of its members. Iration was born from a love of all types of music and a desire to create something new. Elements of Reggae, Rock, and Pop are mixed with keyboard/synth and melodic vocal lines to create something truly unique. Iration is best heard in a live setting where you can truly experience the full spectrum of their range. They have proven to truly have an understanding of modern and traditional performance techniques that keep crowds of fans’, both younger and older, hands in the air and heads bobbing.
In 2007, they recorded and released their first full length album, No Time for Rest, at Castaway 7 Studios in Ventura, Ca, which featured one of the last recorded performances by reggae legend Mikey Dread, who produced accomplished musicians such as The Clash and UB40. Their single “Cookie Jar” reached number one in Hawaii on 93.9 DaBeat and was featured on Fuel TV’s Triple Crown of Surfing recap. Their music was also featured on MTV shows Maui Fever and Living Lahaina.
In the spring of 2008, Iration embarked on a national tour titled “Playboys in Paradise” in support of the band Pepper. They traveled 16,000 miles and played in front of numerous sold out crowds at venues such as famed Stubb’s BBQ in Austin, House of Blues Dallas, Myrtle Beach, and Orlando. On October 3, 2008, Iration officially released their latest collection of recordings on their SAMPLE THIS EP – Sample This, is a four song EP featuring two songs, “I’m With You” and “Electricity,” which were co-written with a fellow local Hawaiian musician, songwriter, and Grammy winning producer Charles Brotman of Hawaiian recoding company Palm Records. The EP also features their smash hit “Falling,” which has been added to several radio stations in California, Hawaii and Guam. The Sample This EP debuted at #3 on iTunes top reggae albums - “Falling” remains in the top 50 reggae songs on iTunes as of September 14, 2010. Iration has been MySpace’s #1 top unsigned reggae artists for almost all of 2009. “Falling” currently has over four and a half million plays on MySpace with a total of over nine and a half million plays.
In 2009, “Falling” was added to Santa Barbara’s modern rock station, KJEE FM, and had begun to receive specialty plays on XTRA FM, San Diego’s alternative rock station 91X (as well as No Time For Rest’s “Cookie Jar”). In the beginning of ‘09, Iration accomplished sell-out shows at San Luis Obispo’s Down Town Brew, West Hollywood’s famed the Roxy Theater several times, and San Diego’s House of Blues with over a thousand in attendance. Iration also performed at KJEE’s Summer Round UP at the Santa Barbara Bowl with radio’s hottest band, Kings of Leon, The Airborne Toxic Event – as well as headlining San Luis Obispo’s annual Beer Fest at Avila Beach (3000+) before heading back to the studio to finish their album Time Bomb. The second half of 2009 was all about touring. Iration kicked of their summer touring in August by supporting the band Rebelution’s national “Bright Side of Life Tour,” spanning from San Diego to New York to Dallas. In the fall they performed at Los Angeles’ Sunset Strip Music Festival, headlined San Diego’s Paddle for Clean Water Festival presented by 91X FM, and supported Pepper’s national “In the Trenches Tour,” leading them from California all the way to back to New York. Iration continued touring through the fall supporting 11 dates with jam band legends Umphrey’s McGee. They will end the year with four very special California headlining dates at House of Blues San Diego, House of Blues Anaheim, San Luis Obispo’s Downtown Brew, and San Francisco’s famed Great American Music Hall.
For Iration, 2010 started off with big bang! By supporting 47 shows in 52 days on The Expendables’ “Winter Black Out Tour,” the Hawaiian bred boys proved they could hang touring even in the harshest of conditions. On March 9 Iration released their highly anticipated album Time Bomb via an iTunes exclusive pre-release, peaking at #40 on iTunes’ overall music chart, and “Falling” was iTunes’ “Discovery Download” of the week. Time Bomb has been as high as #1 on the US iTunes reggae album music chart and their title track “Time Bomb” has been as has high as #12 on the US iTunes reggae single chart. March 16 marked the album’s official domestic digital/physical and international digital release. The title track “Time Bomb” has been added to and spun on several radio stations in HI including Q103 FM, Native FM, Da Beat FM, as well as in KJEE FM (modern rock – Santa Barbara, CA) and landed “Song of the Day” on 91XTRA FM (Alternative - San Diego. CA). Time Bomb debuted at #2 on Billboard’s reggae album chart and #30 on Billboard’s “Heatseekers” album chart.
On August 17, 2010 Iration released their single “Summer Nights” which debuted at #2 on the iTunes reggae singles chart in the US, through their newly formed indie record label: 3 Prong Records. Recently, Iration has been in the studio recording songs for their next EP, yet to be titled, due out late this year. Recent standout shows include an NCAA volleyball tournament show at the San Diego Wavehouse, Pozo Saloon with Steel Pulse, the KJEE annual Summer Round UP with Sublime with Rome at the Santa Barbara Bowl, and the music festival stage at Hurley’s US Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach, California.
In the upcoming months Iration will play the main stage at Cyprus Hill’s annual Smoke Out Festival alongside Incubus, Manu Chao, MGMT, Slightly Stoopid, Nas & Damian Marly, and more. They will also embark on a national fall/winter headlining tour. These Hawaiian raised naturally talented musicians look forward to spreading their original sound, aloha spirit, and cutting edge (surf) culture as far as possible and will continue to make original music.