Iration Talk Their Largest Tour & Big Santa Barbara Homecoming

Dane Hodgson


Reggae-influenced rock band Iration is hitting the road for a lengthy tour this summer in support of their self-titled album released in 2018. After the band plays Arizona’s Days on the Green Festival this Friday (April 19) and Georgia’s Sweetwater 420 Festival on Saturday (April 20) they will embark on two legs of their Live From Paradise tour starting on April 24. Iration’s Live From Paradise tour features 43 headlining dates between April and August, making it the largest trek since their inception in 2004.

“Every night we create a little bit of paradise for the people that are coming to the show,” says Iration’s Micah Brown. “Live From Paradise was kind of a tongue-in-cheek term where every night, wherever you are, it’s your paradise. It is a positive healthy way of looking at life.”

The band, which has topped Billboard’s reggae album charts on multiple occastions, will mix older hits with the new material off their 2018 album Iration for the substantial tour. They'll close out the first leg at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Colorado, marking the first time the band has booked a headlining gig at the iconic venue. Their sixth studio LP bears the band’s name for the first time as well, because the group believes it is the definitive sound of Iration.

“It is extremely eclectic,” Iration’s Micah Pueschel tells Billboard of the latest release. “Our sound is eclectic and it has changed over the years from album to album. We’re at a place where we are hitting a sweet spot with our songwriting and refining the sound we’ve been working on for ten years now.”

Iration stopped by the Billboard offices to play a few songs of those new tracks live for Facebook viewers. 

According to Pueschel, the album took about two years to write, which resulted in 17 genre-bending tracks.

“We do a lot of different things and we try to make good songs. We don’t really care what genre it is or if it fits into one kind of bag,” adds Pueschel. 

The album stretches out for mora than an hour without ever losing its captivating reggae-tinged vibes, which makes it an ideal accompaniment for the list of outdoor stages they’ll headline this summer. Iration will be joined on tour by support acts Katastro, Fortunate Youth and Pepper, which Iration opened for more than a decade ago.

“Pepper took us out on our first national tour in 2008 as an opener. It feels pretty cool to come full circle with that,” says Peuschel, adding that the two groups are from the same hometown in Hawaii. While the band members all hail from Hawaii, the group was formed in Santa Barbara, Calif., where the old friends reunited to play music together. 

The second leg of their Live From Paradise tour will kick off in July and close out with somewhat of a homecoming show on Aug. 25 at the Santa Barbara Bowl. “It’s definitely a huge milestone because when we were playing little bars in [nearby] Isla Vista we always aspired to play the [Santa Barbara] Bowl,” says Iration’s Adam Taylor. “We’ve played it, but now to come headline is a big accomplishment for us.”

Last night (April 17), the band released a new video for Iration track “Stay the Course” that depicts the band’s humble beginnings from their formation in 2006 to playing for massive festival crowds.

“We have a lot of material now with six albums, so we can finally mix in some new material from the new album that we haven’t had a chance to play yet,” Brown tells Billboard. “There’s a lot of stuff we’ve neglected to play live that we all agree we want to play. It's just a matter of shuffling through what we have and coming up with something fresh.”

The Live From Paradise tour kicks off April 24 in Albuquerque, N.M. and runs through Aug. 25 with their largest hometown show to date. Head here for a full list of dates and tickets.


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