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“Jessica, a fan from Lakewood, CA, stated, “I love how you can feel their music.” Soothing and skilled saxophone solos throughout the whole performance were definitely one thing to remember from Beyond I Sight’s set as the other bands took stage throughout the night. ”
“Since some of the earliest seeds of reggae-rock music were planted in Southern California, the area has turned into a hotbed for top-tier musical talent. Recently, one of the bigger names making noise in So Cal is Beyond I Sight. Now, the band features a new frontman extremely familiar with the reggae-rock community. As 2012 wound down, Beyond I Sight continued making moves, the biggest being Ryan Gonzales, or “Gonzo”, becoming the new lead singer for Beyond I Sight, moving forward. If you are not familiar, Gonzo was formerly the lead singer and guitarist for fellow Southern California reggae outfit, Fortunate Youth, sharing vocal responsibilities with Dan Kelly. For nearly a year, Ryan Gonzales has been working on his solo material, as well as collaborating with E. N Young, Rick Haze and Roots In Peace.”
“In October of 2012, Gonzo joined the band Beyond I Sight. Roots in Peace, a studio company that consists of two of the members, were involved in the creation of two songs off ‘Rocksteady.’ With the cd release/debut show on January 12th, 2013, this collaboration brings exciting new music to the scene. There are many album releases and national tours being projected for the future. Gonzo has had the honor to share the stage with bands such as Groundation, Toots & The Maytals, The Green, The Wailers, Rebelution, Iration, Pepper, The Dirty Heads, Natural Vibrations, and Tomorrows Bad Seeds. ‘Rocksteady’ is the first release by Gonzo. His solo album, ‘Rocksteady’ is here to deliver a soulful sensation; it brings everything from island vibes to roots reggae. This album features songs that have been written over the past couple years and expresses Gonzo’s creativity and visions of his musical future to the fullest.”
“Beyond I Sight followed with their blend of Cali reggae mixed with more traditional Island sounds. The band consists of 8 musicians each with their own take on the reggae landscape making this one interesting band that’s slowly climbing the ladder of acceptance in the Long Beach scene. Although they had a short set the band did not disappoint those in the crowd. They played “Far Too Long”, “Keep You Warm”, and “Crucial Time” off their new EP “Root Awakening” flawlessly and got the crowd energized for the headliners coming up.”
"At the Turf Club stage, I caught Beyond I Sight. I am familiar with their roots reggae because they keep their music strictly roots." -
“Beyond I Sight was the first band to take the stage that night and they came out with one of the smoothest most entertaining blends of reggae, jazz and soul I have ever seen. I handed the camera over for the set so I could hit the dance floor and vibe out along with them. I loved what they did; a 7 piece band with all sorts of sounds coming from the stage. They used various instruments including guitars, bass, drums, trombone, sax, keys, flutes, and bongos, all perfectly compromising the lead vocals from Mike G and blended together flawlessly. These musicians onstage were truly feeling the passion for what they were doing and you could just see what their music means to them. I can’t wait to catch up with them again and I know good things are in the future for Beyond I Sight. Keep your eyes on moralfree.com as we will be tracking them down for another show, as well as a full band bio and interview.”