Thursday, August 6, 2015

UNBREAKABLE BLOODLINE: Rock-Hop Hybrid Drops Red Hot Sophomore Set

Rock-Hop Hybrid Drops
Red Hot Sophomore Set

As a longtime enthusiast
who keeps an ever-watchful
eye on the underground music
scene, I recently spotted an
intriguing young collective
that popped up on my radar.

Coming together rather unexpectedly a couple of years ago as the result of a creative collision involving two pre-existing groups, Unbreakable Bloodline (UBL) has risen quickly to preeminent status on the southern U.S. indie scene. Hailing from Albany, Georgia, this exciting six-piece combo fuses guitar-driven rock with streetwise hip hop — seasoned to perfection with pinches-n-dashes of tasty reggae, jazz and blues spices.

Since its inception, the band has ascended from sweaty rehearsal spaces to opening for such national heavyweights as George Clinton and Lakeside to headlining their own wildly popular concert dates. In 2013, UBL was named "Best Hip Hop Band" at the annual Georgia Music Awards ceremony. And on August 15, 2015, they seem destined to take home that same honor once again.

This past May, UBL unveiled their long-awaited sophomore record, Anti-Gravity, at their sold-out hometown release concert, held at the famed State Theater in Albany. Simply put, the record is generating considerable buzz, including being ranked consistently as the top new release on

Featuring vocalists Vernon "Chief H" Cruz, Jay "O-Z" Osborne and Tiffany "O'She-Tyght" Thomas, the UBL line-up is rounded out by drummer Chad Basko, bassist Ryan Myers and guitarist Jon Smith. And together, they've created a superb new record that's packed with noteworthy highlights.

The opening track, "Unbreakable," is a guitar-driven anthem that oozes melody and authentic street rhymes, while "Mid-Dayz Drift" is lacquered beautifully with blues-flavored guitar work and pinned against super-groovy Doggystyle vocals. However, for my money, it's the smooth-groovin' "Marley Cash" that makes for the most engaging track of the set.

In addition to their growing list of impressive music accolades and achievements, UBL made a cameo appearance in the 2013 Joseph Lavender (Blackflight Studios) indie horror film, The Legend of Seven Toe Maggie, in which the band also contributes two songs to the movie soundtrack. And on the small screen, the official video for Anti-Gravity's "Mid-Dayz Drift" is already in production.

In sum, Unbreakable Bloodline is undeniably one of America's premier up-and-coming bands, one that warrants a listen, and is certainly worth keeping an ever-watchful eye on.

-Christopher Long
(August 2015)

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