Produced by Native Wayne Jobson
The Great Escape release new summer single “Good Day” — out June 23 ++ Double A-side release includes brand-new roots reggae live rework recorded with legendary Soul Syndicate Hot on the heels of recent smash single “Let Me Go Wild,” The Great Escape return with a double A-side release for the hottest weeks of the year: This month, the California alt pop trio unleashes the addictive feelgood soul tune “Good Day” together with an exclusive reggae version recorded with the legendary Soul Syndicate, one of Jamaica’s biggest backing band institutions since the early 70s. Both versions of “Good Day” will be available via all streaming & download partners from June 23.
Another key tune on The Great Escape’s upcoming full-length “Universe In Bloom,” “Good Day” comes with that sunny, careless soul-clap feel of classic acts such as The Supremes – in other words: it’s the kind of addictive tune that manages to turn any day into a good day. Adding a sundrenched, slow-paced roots reggae vibe to the original, the brand-new live rework was recorded with the original Soul Syndicate: Formed in the late 60s, these guys used to work with Bob Marley, Jimmy Cliff, Peter Tosh and countless others – and now they hooked up with The Great Escape.
Returning once again to the “documentary meets music video” format they first introduced with earlier singles “I Can’t Resist” and “Let Me Go Wild”, the new double A-side release arrives with two stunning video clips: Entitled “Good Day (In Venice Beach),” the official video focuses on the many, many blissed-out paths that lead to happiness, the key sentiment of the new track, in the most popular US beach community. It sees a variety of colorful Venice locals, young and old, ranging from homeless to hipsters and hippies, define their own take on happiness – and eventually break into big, massive smiles. Thus offering an infectious answer to the question “How happy are you, Venice Beach?”, the reggae rework edit dives deep into the history of the legendary Soul Syndicate.
Widely praised for their timeless and genre- smashing approach to song craft, The Great Escape is a trio comprised of Kristian Nord (drums, bass, production), Malte Hagemeister (guitars, production) – both originally from Hamburg, Germany –, and Cambridge-born singer Ingrid Andersson. Their second full-length “Universe In Bloom,” (July 10) takes the raw energy and stomping confidence of their self-titled predecessor to the next level with massive hooks and catchy tunes beyond genre that could have been recorded at any point in the last 50 years. Their eponymous, self-produced debut album came out in 2014 and received much critical acclaim; Popdose called it “the best modern post-sunshine-pop record in years.” Earlier this summer, TGE released an epic remix of “Let Me Go Wild,” courtesy of XLR8R/John Peel favorite Robot Koch, and a special video treat they shot with two generations of Krump dancers from L.A.
Originally called the Rhythm Raiders, the Soul Syndicate made music history as one of the top reggae session bands in Jamaica between 1970 and 1990.
Having worked with Bob Marley, Gregory Isaacs, Jimmy Cliff, Mad Professor, Peter Tosh and countless others in their heydays, the band, founded by bass player George “Fully” Fullwood, reunited in Huntington Beach in 2015. The all-new roots reggae live rework of TGE’s “Good Day” easily shows that they haven’t lost any of their chops…