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Steel Pulse's David Hinds On Social Change, Movies & The Band's First New Album In 15 Years

Credit Mike Matinez

Credit Mike Matinez

The frontman and lead songwriter of the GRAMMY-winning reggae band talks 45 years of fighting for social justice, the work that went into the new album, his acting ambitions and more…

NATE HERTWECK | GRAMMYS

SEP 24, 2019

Many passionate social advocates mellow over time, but not David Hinds. Nearly 45 years into his role as leader of GRAMMY winning British reggae outfit Steel Pulse, Hinds is still working hard for change. While their message has always been a global one, Hinds has doubled down on his passion for progress to match the modern state of world and updated his method to the current creative flow of the band, keeping his nose firmly to the grindstone. The result is Mass Manipulation, Steel Pulse's infectious new album and first in 15 years.

MARCH 21, 2019

British reggae outfit Steel Pulse unveiled the lead single, “Cry Cry Blood,” for their first album in 15 years,  Mass Manipulation , out May 17th via Rootfire Cooperative and the band’s own imprint, Wiseman Doctrine.  “Cry Cry Blood” is a meditative rocker with deftly placed horns, guitars and strings bubbling up above the song’s thumping groove. Singer David Hinds’ lyrics touch on injustice and violence, but end with a revolutionary call as he sings, “The whole world’s taking advantage/While we stand aside and look/It was prophesied we’d rise again/Just take a second look.”   Mass Manipulation  marks Steel Pulse’s first album since 2004’s  African Holocaust . Hinds said of the new LP, “For when it comes to addressing the current issues of the world, we hope that this album will be able to sharpen the minds of man to uproot all negativity, and foster embracement; presenting each and every one of us a higher level of consciousness for a harmonious future.”  In the years since  African Holocaust , Steel Pulse has released a handful of singles such as   “Put Your Hoodies On (4 Trayvon),”   in honor of Trayvon Martin, and   “Paint it Black,”   which was released in 2013 to mark what would have been the 100th birthday of Rosa Parks.  Steel Pulse will embark on a massive   world tour   this spring in support of  Mass Manipulation . The group’s North American leg kicks off March 30th at the Warfield in San Francisco and runs through September 1st, where they’ll play the Dry Diggings Festival in Placerville, California. The group plans to announce more tour dates soon.

British reggae outfit Steel Pulse unveiled the lead single, “Cry Cry Blood,” for their first album in 15 years, Mass Manipulation, out May 17th via Rootfire Cooperative and the band’s own imprint, Wiseman Doctrine.

“Cry Cry Blood” is a meditative rocker with deftly placed horns, guitars and strings bubbling up above the song’s thumping groove. Singer David Hinds’ lyrics touch on injustice and violence, but end with a revolutionary call as he sings, “The whole world’s taking advantage/While we stand aside and look/It was prophesied we’d rise again/Just take a second look.”

Mass Manipulation marks Steel Pulse’s first album since 2004’s African Holocaust. Hinds said of the new LP, “For when it comes to addressing the current issues of the world, we hope that this album will be able to sharpen the minds of man to uproot all negativity, and foster embracement; presenting each and every one of us a higher level of consciousness for a harmonious future.”

In the years since African Holocaust, Steel Pulse has released a handful of singles such as “Put Your Hoodies On (4 Trayvon),” in honor of Trayvon Martin, and “Paint it Black,” which was released in 2013 to mark what would have been the 100th birthday of Rosa Parks.

Steel Pulse will embark on a massive world tour this spring in support of Mass Manipulation. The group’s North American leg kicks off March 30th at the Warfield in San Francisco and runs through September 1st, where they’ll play the Dry Diggings Festival in Placerville, California. The group plans to announce more tour dates soon.


OCT 9, 2018

REGGAE “SHAMAN” DAVID HINDS AND THE LEGENDARY STEEL PULSE SHINE LIGHT ON REGGAE’S FUTURE

Marking the 40th anniversary of their debut album, Steel Pulse has never wavered in a career long commitment to better mankind through reggae music. This summer’s expansive, co-headlining tour with Ziggy Marley, has truly served to excite, elevate, and entertain fans of both bands. The tour has featured songs with pertinent messages of social concern, hope and unifying calls for action.   

David Hinds’ silky lead vocals, lyrical mastery and mesmerizing performances were “force majeure” nightly. As a collective, Steel Pulse’s musicianship feature the wizardry of Selwyn Brown and Sidney Mills on keyboards/vocals, the dynamic horns duo of Jerry Johnson and Stephen Bradley, David Elecciri on lead guitar/vocals along with Pulse stalwarts, drummer Wayne Clarke and bassist Amlak Tafari. These veteran musicians performed classic Steel Pulse anthems like “Steppin’ Out,” “Rally Round,” “Drug Squad,” “Roller Skates,” along with the The Grateful Dead's “Franklin’s Tower”, in stunning improvisational jams, not customarily seen in live reggae music today. A must see event, the band will be performing at the Belly Up, in Aspen, Colorado (October 11th) and the Fillmore Auditorium, in Denver, Colorado (October 13th).

David Hinds’ Forthcoming Steel Pulse Album Mass Manipulation and Rootfire Partnership:  

Excitement abounds with news of David Hinds’ forthcoming Steel Pulse studio album, Mass Manipulation.  The announcement also marks a new partnership with Rootfire Cooperative. Rootfire is the only independent record label that affords the artist 100% of revenue and ownership from their music through the entire production and marketing process. Hinds promises the new album will take the listener on a journey through our past, while navigating the political transformation of the present and deliver a vision of a “New Nation” that could be, now and into the future.  

Reggae’s future shines brightly for music fans worldwide!