Project Livity featuring HR, Chuck Treece and the IyanI Arkestra
Legendary Bad Brains frontman H.R., or Human Rights if you’ve been living under the pop rock for the last thirty years, traded the feral vocal style and onstage anarchy that made the Brains top dog of D.C. hardcore for the spirituality of reggae music a few years back, a move not terribly shocking since Bad Brains has always had one foot in each genre.
You can’t back flip off the stage at CBGB’s forever, either.
H.R.’s new band is Project Livity, featuring the IyanI Arkestra and Chuck Treece, a legend in his own right. The band’s roots reggae feel captures H.R.’s early love affair with reggae music – an obsession that caused tension in the early Bad Brains days – and allows the veteran singer to explore his art even more with an expansive ensemble of supporting musicians.
H.R. still tours quite a bit for a retired hardcore punk rocker, fronting a band of different cast members when he’s on the west coast. But what sets Project Livity apart is Treece, a veteran session musicians who’s been the behind-the-scenes guy on just about every record you’ve ever heard; dude played drums for Bad Brains and Pearl Jam, and played bass on arguably the most popular Billy Joel record, River of Dreams. You may have also seen him in Thrasher Magazine shredding up at FDR in Philly.
You can catch H.R., the living legend, and Chuck Treece’s new band live at the Metropolitan Kitchen and Lounge in Annapolis, Md., on Friday, April 25 with special guests, Ocean City surf punker’s The Phantom Limbs.Buy Tickets