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First Listen: Sun-Dried Vibes – Your Eyes

Aside from having one of the coolest names in the reggae-rock genre, Sun-Dried Vibes has a growing catalog of catchy, enjoyable music which is about to expand with the release this week of their fourth full length album, Stay Hopeful.

Since 2010, SDV has been grinding out a living, performing a staggering 275 shows per year. Throughout these past eight years, the band has supported several reggae-rock heavyweights such as Dirty Heads, 311, and Slightly Stoopid, and played with countless other up-and-coming artists from the scene. Additionally, SDV founded  Surrounded by the Sound, a burgeoning reggae forward music festival featuring a handful of nationally touring headliners supported by a wide array of regional acts, drawing fans from throughout the Southeast and beyond. These many connections have borne fruit with exciting collaborations on their new album, including songs featuring Rebelution, TreeHouse!, Oogee Wawa, Roots of a Rebellion, Fear Nuttin Band,  Bumpin’ Uglies, Tropidelic and Of Good Nature.

SDV has already dropped a few singles from their upcoming release, among them the incredibly cheerful and optimistic first track, “Hopeful.” While Stay Hopeful does contain some more serious material, the song Rootfire premieres today follows suit with another feel-good, infectious track, “Your Eyes.” 

SDV songwriter and front man Zach Fowler agrees: “‘Your Eyes’ is one of my favorite tunes off the new record. I love how upbeat and poppy it is.”

A perfect end-of-summer anthem, the loving sentiments and beach references of “Your Eyes” will be sure to warm your heart and brighten your days.

Stay Hopeful will be available for streaming in its entirety on August 31, coinciding with the kick-off of Surrounded by the Sound, which of course will feature performances by the band. In early October, SDV will play a string of dates in the Northeast, followed by performances in the latter half of the month throughout the Southeast, including five shows in the reggae hotbed of Florida.


Pre-order your copy of Sun-Dried Vibes upcoming album Stay Hopeful available across all digital platforms Friday, August 31.

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Ever since becoming deeply moved and then essentially obsessed with reggae music as a teenager, Dave has always strove to learn as much as possible about the history and culture of reggae music, Jamaica and Rastafari, the ideology and lifestyle intertwined with reggae. 

Over the years, he has interviewed many personalities throughout the reggae world including Ziggy Marley, Burning Spear, Lucky Dube, Bradley Nowell and many artists in the progressive roots scene.

Dave has also written and published a novel, “The Cosmic Burrito,” a tale of two friends who drive across the USA in search of the ultimate burrito. He plays ice hockey weekly for a recreational team he founded and manages, Team Rasta.

Reggae music has filled his life with a richness for which he will forever be grateful, and he gives thanks to musicians far and wide, past and present, whether they perform roots, dub, dancehall, skinhead, rocksteady or ska, whether their tools are analog or digital, as well as the producers, promoters, soundsystems, selectors and the reggae massive at large who comprise the international reggae community.

You can follow Dave on Instagram at @rootsdude and Twitter at @ElCosmicBurrito.