By Emma Kalka
Canadian band hitting up Seoul, Busan on Asian tour
On their first tour of South Korea, Canadian island rock band Earl and the Steadies will be doing two shows – one in Seoul and one in Busan – in June, as part of its 17-gig Asia tour.
Leader Earl Pereira said he and the band have always wanted to visit Korea so when the opportunity to add two stops to the tour came up, he was immediately excited.
“Me and my bandmates have always wanted to visit there and experience the culture, the nightlife, and all of the high tech structures and traditional sites,” he said. “Our guitarist Justin is a gamer and he is really excited to be in the birthplace of StarCraft!”
He added that the crowd can expect a fun, high energy show and feel good experience.
“We love to engage with the audience and have them participate by singing, clapping and most importantly dancing to our unique Steadies island-rock sound,” he said.
The band describes itself as taking the “explosively popular Top 40 sound and mixing it with rocksteady and reggae influences.” Earl said that he met guitarist Justin Lee in 2009 when he moved to Saskatoon from Trinidad to work with his brother at his new recording studio.
“The next year when I needed a steady guitarist, he was the clear cut choice having a background in island-style sounds and music such as calypso, ska and reggae,” he said.
Drummer Kurtis is a recent addition to the Steadies, but has been a friend for years. “His enthusiasm and willingness to make us an international success has been a breath of fresh air.”
Prior to starting the band, Earl was a founding member of popular Canadian band Wide Mouth Mason, which had two gold records, three JUNO nominations and many other awards. He has toured around the world and opened up for such artists as the Rolling Stones, AC/DC and Nelly Furtado.
One of those shows took place at the prestigious Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland. “Sharing the stage with my musical heroes and icons such as Eric Clapton, Van Morrison, among all the other greats who have performed there, was an honor and dream come true,” he said.
The band is currently touring China and hitting up cities from Beijing to Lijang, all the way down to Shenzen. The Korea shows will round off the end of the tour on June 1 and 2.
But what’s next for Earl and the Steadies? Earl said the band plans to kick off its summer tour of Canada in late June and perform at festivals and clubs all over the country. Personally, he produces a lot of up-and-coming artists, so has many studio projects to finish as well.
But touring is the main goal for the band in 2017.
“Our biggest goal for 2017 is this tour actually! Also to write and record a new album so it can be ready for a spring 2018 release, then we can come back to Asia next year!” he said.
Earl and the Steadies with play June 1 in Busan at Basement Pub featuring Busan reggae band Happy People. The show will kick off at 10 p.m. The band will then perform in the Back to the Retro show on June 2 at Prism Hall in Hongdae, Seoul. The show starts at 8 p.m. and tickets are 20,000 won through EntCrowd or 25,000 won at the door.
More information on the Seoul show can be found at http://www.bridgeroadto.com/music/2017/5/12/back-to-the-retro.