For five years running, the good people of Eugene, Ore., have voted Sol Seed as the area’s best band. Receiving so much love and praise from the community pushes the band members to be better, work harder and sing louder. They say their title has promoted a “sense of encouragement and even friendly competition” within the music community.
The five-member reggae band will perform at Hubbub Brewing Co. in Salida March 4 at 8 p.m. The band is currently on tour promoting their newly released third full-length album, The Spark.
Benny Pezzano, bass and vocals, said, “The name Sol Seed came about in 2010. It was kind of an on-the-spot idea. We really liked the imagery and meaning, and the way it felt and sounded.”
The band works like a (well-functioning) democracy. All members have an equal stake in the band – in the songwriting and decision-making – and the movement of the band.
Sky Guasco, didgeridoo, keys and vocals, said, “This creates a sense of brotherhood that is both powerful and infectious to others. Creating music with others is an incredible high, and reggae music is especially fun to play. Being in the moment and making people smile and dance all over the country is one of the most rewarding professions any of us could imagine doing.”
The original three musicians in the band were Michael Lennon, guitar and vocals; Michael Sorensen, drums and vocals; and Pezzano. They met at an open mic in southern Oregon. Immediately after that magical night of music, they started creating diverse music together. Soon they added Lennon’s childhood friend Kenny Lewis as lead guitarist.
After moving to Eugene, the band added its final member, Guasco. Once whole, Sol Seed began to saturate the Northwest music scene. When the band moved from southern Oregon to Eugene, they expected to find a “huge market” of reggae music. However, they found “very few touring bands of any genre.” But in the last three years, they have seen a “monumental resurgence” of all genres of music and bands.
Sol Seed has an overarching goal, too. “We want our music to stimulate, to encourage people to consider other points of view,” Guasco said. “Laugh with us, cry with us. Cross-cultural perspectivism. Universal love.”
Guasco said the band wants audiences to respond to their music “however it suits you. If it makes you move, then dance all night. If it makes you think, then feel free to sit and listen.”
No pressure, but Brian Waldrip, owner of Three Trees Productions, said the Hubbub staff will be “clearing the tables for a dance-style show.”