Though they've remained relatively quiet about their forthcoming new album 2015, OC's reggae act Seedless are gearing up to make some big noise in 2016. With the anticipation of their sophomore full-length building on the upwards of five years since releasing 2010's Twisted Roots, the band has recently given hope that their proposed Orange Album will not share the same ill fate as Dr. Dre's Detox.
Liufau explains, "We figured, it's taken this long to create it (Orange Album), let's take a little extra time and make sure it's the best it can be. We have also been busy expanding the family side of Seedless, which is what we are all about."
What started out as three high school friends jamming Sublime covers inside of a garage in 2006 has metamorphosed into a six-piece with a full sound whose musical influences stem from virtually all genres. Now composed of Casey Sullivan (Lead Guitar/ Vocals), Matthew Liufau (Vocals), Shay Pino (Drums), Grant Rivera (Bass), Joe Bakhos (Rhythm Guitar) and Anthony Wells (Keys), Seedless has had no shame in making sure all the stars are aligned just how they want them to be before releasing their next project. Over the course of the last year, members of the band have also welcomed a couple of newborns into the world while Sullivan recently tied the knot with his high school sweetheart.
Just as with their debut album, the band has chosen to record with 2013 OC Music Awards best producer nominee, Lewis Richards, at 17th Street Recording Studio in Costa Mesa. "17th Street has been our home for nearly 10 years now and we wouldn't have it any other way," Liufau says. "Lew and Anik Dang have believed in us since the beginning and invested their time to make sure we make this album the best we can."
The band says that fans can expect it drop within the next six months. Special guest, Demrick (formerly known as Young De) has a feature on the album and according to Liufau, "We've talked about doing something for a while now and we were blessed to make it happen. He's (Demrick) one of the dopest MC's we've met through our pro skater buddy, Austen Seaholm, and he's been rocking it for a while with Xzibit, B-Real of Cypress Hill and their entire squad."
The band has continued to remain relevant in the California reggae scene by performing at major events and festivals throughout the year such as the KROQ Beer Festival, OC Fair, Summer Meltdown, Dry Diggings, and Shoreline Jam. The band has also entertained fans in Southern California with steady airplay on local radio stations such as Los Angeles' KROQ and San Diego's 91X, as well as playing a handful of acoustic shows to go along with several benefit performances for various local businesses and causes throughout Southern California. "We're blessed to be active in this scene," Liufau says.
"We are stoked to be a part of the scene we are in, but even more so, stoked to represent Orange County and hope to do so worldwide someday on tour."
Just recently, it was announced that Seedless would be returning to Monterey, California, once again to perform at the 7th annual California Roots Music and Arts Festival during Memorial Day Weekend. With the album set to release in the first half of next year and plans already being put together to tour in support of it, Seedless is sure to have another big year in 2016. The band's newest member, Anthony Wells, has also been working on creating an arsenal of media campaigning so the fans that have been patiently waiting for the Orange Album will know when the official release is nearing.
"It's been a long hard journey to get here as a group and we couldn't have done it if our fans, friends and, especially, our families didn't stick by our side," Liufau says. "We are super excited to finally finish the album and we hope everyone is able to find a song, if not more than one, that is able to positively affect their life or allow them to relate to it."
Seedless perform on Friday, November 20 at The House Of Blues in Anaheim at 8:00 p.m. with J Boog and Westafa. Sold Out. All Ages.