Oswego band bringing reggae to the 'burgh

PLATTSBURGH - When House On A Spring makes some noise, it's one that has a blend of reggae, hip-hop and a lot rhythm.

The Oswego-based party band has been performing since 2006, formed by keyboardist Josh Russell and guitarist Matt Brown. The band came together in a basement later dubbed the "house on a spring" because of the large influx of people and sounds resonating from within, said Brown.

The band consists today of Brown, Russell, and seven other members. Rob Dee is on vocals and percussion, Liam Shaughnessy plays drums, Chris "Bonky" Beattie plays bass and Steve Ernye also plays guitar. Andrew Chapman plays sax and percussion, Steve Burt is on trombone and percussion and Harrison Noel brings his talents to the soundboard and dubbing.

"House On A Spring is original, conscious American roots reggae, dub, and hip-hop," explained Brown. "We draw influence from an array of musical outlets including anything from local and international reggae and jam bands to old school funk, jazz and blues, even as far as the punk and ska scene."

The band is in what Brown calls "somewhat of a hot-bed for reggae music" in the Ithaca, Rochester and Syracuse area, drawing heavy influence from the many bands involved in their local music scene.

House On A Spring is currently putting the finishing touches on its debut, full-length album"We Gonna Break Free." When it's released, the album will give people a taste of what they can enjoy when they see the band in person, said Russell.

"Reggae is a very accessible form of music that many people can relate to and enjoy," he said. "Our take on the genre offers a versatility of constantly changing and fresh live performances."

The summer has also been busy for the band, with House On A Spring playing several music festivals across the state including the Upstate Boogie Music Festival in Warsaw.

"This fall we are committing to more of a full-time schedule and playing throughout the Northeast," said Brown, who noted performances will include Sterling Stage's Last Daze Festival in Sterling Sept. 16-19. "The future is looking pretty exciting."

(Editor's Note: House On A Spring will perform at the Monopole this Saturday, Aug. 28. The show will begin at 10 p.m. Check out the band on Facebook at www.facebook.com/houseonaspring or find them on MySpace at www.myspace.com/springhousedub.)

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