Hear their ‘kry’

Saturday, August 08, 2015

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Partially unzipped bags with instruments were evidence of the Earth Kry band's preparation for another round of rehearsals last Tuesday at Head Concussion studio in St Andrew.

The quartet came out of the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts, but like many Jamaican college graduates, they have found it difficult finding employment. In their case, regular live dates.

"That's key, yuh nuh, 'cause it give yuh a lotta exposure an' fans get to hear what you're about," said Keiron Cunningham, EarthKry's burly drummer.

The band has been around for just over two years. They have done only four shows in 2015 including the Idren Workshop at Redbones Blues Cafe in March, organised by trombonist Nambo Robinson.

They rehearse assiduously, but guitarist/vocalist Aldayne Haughton is quick to point out, its not just to develop a sound.

"The sound is created in rehearsals, we need the shows to expose that sound," he said.

Keyboardist Phillip McFarlane and Kamardo Blake are the other members of EarthKry which recently released their first song, the self-produced Nine to Five.

'Edna' has produced a flood of bands in the last decade. Some, like C Sharp and Pentateuch, have gained a national profile by releasing well-received albums and backing artistes.

The dreadlocked McFarlane believes EarthKry's greatest asset is composing original songs.

"Wi can give yuh hour an' half of original music. Cover songs nice but at the end of the day, yuh want people to know you for you," he stated.

Haughton, guitar in hand, agreed: "People shouldn't know yuh 'cause yuh can play a Wailers song better than the Wailers."

The Wailers' vaunted rhythm section of bassist Aston 'Family Man' Barrett and his brother, drummer Carlton Barrett, are among Earth Kry's influences. Another legendary drum-and-bass team, Sly and Robbie, keyboardists Jackie Mittoo and Robbie Lyn, drummer Leroy 'Horsemouth' Wallace and guitarist Maurice Gordon are also among their favourite musicians.

EarthKry are not twiddling their thumbs waiting on promoters or club owners to call. They are planning to stage a roster of live shows, scheduled to kick off in October.

-- Howard Campbell

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