Infectious. Enveloping. Irresistible. Those are just a few words to describe the band, Better Chemistry, who have been overwhelming audiences since 2001 with their propulsive brew of reggae, ska, funk and rock. The band's positive vibe and "let the good times roll" approach has won them a devoted following and a career's worth of accomplishments. You might have heard their music during a Lakers game on Fox Sports Net ("Sunday Night, Lakers Night" and "Purple and Gold"), or on the radio (KROQ 106.7 FM, The Reggae Niceness Show). However, the real experience is their live performances. Looking ahead, Better Chemistry has their fifth album release coming in 2014.
The band’s story started at the Bulldog Pub in Upland, CA at an open-mic night where the band’s members Dave Monaco and Chad Junkin first hooked up in 2001. Discovering a common group of influences (Bob Marley, Toots, Dennis Brown, The Clash, The Specials, Sublime) the band came together and quickly built up an impressive resume, opening the stage for UB40, Steel Pulse, BB King, Aggrolites, and recording and performing with Pato Banton, Chali 2na, Tippa Irie, and Shinehead. Better Chemistry has written and produced tracks for Fox Sports Net that gained national airtime. "Frozen in Your Tracks" aired on January 27, 2007 during the Los Angeles Kings game. “Purple and Gold” was aired during the 2008 NBA Western Conference Championship and "Sunday Night, Lakers Night" ran multiple times during the 2009 and 2011 seasons.
6 Foot Shorty, released in 2007, was a step in the band’s evolution, showcasing their growth and development as songwriters and players, while hewing to the warmth and positivity that has been the hallmark of their sound since they began. Adding to the flavor and variety, you will hear Pato Banton on the track “2 Steps Back” and the Hip Hop/Dance Hall styles of Chali 2na and Tippa Irie on “6 Foot Shorty,” and the sweet harmonies from Leroy Osbourne “Sade”! The song “MCII” is licensed to Yamaha Motor Sports for an ad campaign featuring professional motocross riders on the Yamaha team. The self titled EP, Better Chemistry, is when the band opened the path to roots music, encompassing the traditions of Ska, and really started to blend genres. The cover song of Peter Tosh’s “Ketchy Shuby” was selected for the Peter Tosh Tribute Album that featured The Jerry Garcia Band, Edi Fitzroy, Andrew Tosh and Daddy Roots, released in 2005. The debut album from 2001, Undiscovered Elements, is when the band realized there was something magical that was happening. The 12 original tracks were recorded live in a garage after 6 weeks of coming together.
Better Chemistry’s music is about the journey of the soul and spirit, the challenges and joys of life – the pitfalls of love and relationships (“Difficult,” “Who Loves You”), the threat to our environment, the simple gratitude in being alive (“Praise”) and they view their music as a vehicle to bring people together to experience oneness, community and the knowledge that our similarities far outweigh our differences. The band will be taking the songs on their new album on the road for the rest of the year, bringing their national audience peace, love and soul – while giving them the music to which they can dance all night.
Check out Dave Monaco at: http://www.reverbnation.com/musician/davemonaco