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Indeed. It's a blend that draws from Eberhard's own experiences in Pretty Lights, as well as Salvaggio's fondness for the extended solos in long-form jam band material. "The guitarist is a big fan of Phish," Eberhard notes, "and you can hear it in when we extend guitar solos live. We extend things longer than we do on the album. As far as drumbeats that are more dance-y than traditional reggae, that would come from me listening to some hip-hop and electronic music."
Even in terms of the band's reggae influences, the players draw from a wide range of influences. Like most American reggae fans, Eberhard took his first cues from Bob Marley — but his canvas of sounds has expanded since, from masters of dub reggae like Burning Spear and Israel Vibrations to contemporary artists like Midnite and Groundation.
"There are the old, traditional guys who were out in the '70s and '80s," he says. "Then there's a new school of people. We listen to all of it."
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It's a mix that Eberhard says adds a unique quality to the band's brand of reggae, one he's hoping will appeal to both local fans and international followers of the genre. "We want to keep the Colorado shows fresh, so we're in the studio trying to write more songs. But hopefully, off of this next album, we'll tour Europe and South America.
"Reggae is so big worldwide," he concludes. "It's kind of like soccer: It's big everywhere but here."