REBELLUM is a renegade splinter cell hacked from the recombinant corpus of Burnt Sugar Arkestra, Melvin Van Peebles’ widLaxative and FunkFace. The group’s debut album was composed and produced this past summer by BS maven Greg Tate, FF Lord Luqman Brown, and Sugar Laxative strawboss Jared Michael Nickerson, in the Harlem studios of BuddhaBug Records.
File under Avant-Agit-Pop. The 17 tunes on REBELLUM’s debut album The Darknuss bleed a bloody profusion of exotic elements–warped soul harmonies, freedom swing horn play, maggot brained guitar bursts and orchestral loopadelics. The spirits of Sun Ra, Ron Hardy, Eddie Hazel, Gary Numan and The Emotions all appear to be welcome here.
The Darknuss is an album of snarky protest songs, wry race music and romantic warrior anthems. REBELLUM’s song titles loudly-proudly represent the ranting swoon of their Afro-Futurist insurgency:”No Coloureds Allowed”, “Start Thinking like An African”, “The Darknuss”, “Rock Star Amnesiac”, “Chains And Water”, “Who’s Loving You Now?”, “There Is A God (The Singularity)” and “Young Frankenstank”.
Gripping the sum of REBELLUM’s parts demands one apprehends these factions: The three part super fly vocal frontline of Mikel Banks, Shelley Nicole and Lisala and those ace riddim section companeras, The Buckeye Bass Mack Jared Michael Nickerson and Straight-Up Cave Girl drummer, LaFrae Sci, not to mention Long Island Guitar Hero, Andre Lassalle, Tenor Saxophone G-force, V. Jeffrey Smith, Psychotronic Bari-Sax Queen, “Moist” Paula Henderson and The Keyboard Liberator, Leon Gruenbaum.
REBELLUM’s first –ever Gotham performance will be a star studded midnight album launch at Joe’s Pub on September 27th. The affair will feature REBELLUM’s stalwart 8 pc. line-up alongside some very special guests– notably, the globally renowned Rwandan chanteuse Somi, and legendary guitarist Ronny Drayton–himself known to many a Labelle devotee as Nona Hendryx’s erstwhile music director of three decades.
FYI : Both Somi and Drayton are prominently featured on REBELLUM’s maiden single release ”HeartSeed (Put Your Life In Bloom)”.