80 Proof is a six piece band from Orange County, CA. Drawing from an eclectic blend of musical influences including reggae, rock, pop, blues, and soul, 80 proof has created a sound that never fails to be regarded as unique and captivating. The driving force behind the band is a desire to bring people together through music which reminds the audience the importance of feeling alive, connected, and real. 80 Proof blends conscientious lyrics with catchy musical arrangements, talented musicianship, and a stage performance which is always downright…fun.
With the release of “A Life of Fire” EP, 80 Proof has emerged onto the Orange County music scene to a wave of enthusiasm. Though the band has a history that stretches back to 2004, the group has only recently reunited to pursue a sincere musical career. After finishing college and other personal endeavors the guys (including Evan Manriquez, Joel Catello, Daniel Cooper, Aubrey Rivera, Sean Fleming, and Alexander Williamson) came together in the summer of 2010 to begin writing new material.
Since their revival, 80 Proof has quickly impressed crowds, promoters, and club owners with their performance and draw. Within their first year 80 Proof has been invited to share the stage with many notable acts such as Tribal Seeds, Pato Banton, Through the Roots, Seedless, Fortunate Youth, and more. The bands first single “Got ur #” not only beat out thousands of competing submissions to place runner up for Cabo Wabo’s 2011 Shot to Rock Competition, but also got several plays on So Cal radio station KROQ. The first year success for the band culminated with an OC Music award nomination for best world music band, sharing the nomination with Reel big fish, Dirty heads, and Seedless.
The band has since received additional radio play of their newest single "runnin", while again being recognized as a finalist for KROQ's Shot To Rock Competition (2 years in a row!). Additionally the band also claimed 3 more nominations for 2013 OC music awards including Best World, Best Music Video, and Best Live Band.Recently 80 Proof has teamed up with producer Lewis Richards at 17th street recording studio (the man and studio that brought the world Sublime and Dirty heads) to record a full length album with a scheduled release of summer 2013.