The word timeless best describes the sound of The Rebirth. While other artists are focused on recreating the latest trends, The Rebirth uses its seven-member fusion to keep the quintessential soul band experience center stage, while evolving the genre of soul music towards the future.
The Rebirth’s forthcoming full-length release, “BEING THRU THE EYES OF A CHILD” is the result of several years of self-discovery, repurposing, and the reinvigoration of each member’s desire to persevere in their chosen passion. It’s The Rebirth’s collective legacy, embodied in the form of a musical creation that cannot be repeated, and will generate a legacy and life of it’s own.
BEING THRU THE EYES OF A CHILD is a quasi-concept record. Its common thematic connection is about the subconscious human desire to return to how one viewed the world as a child.
The Rebirth’s distinctive sound and approach throughout the album has a myriad of faces and moods. While the production captures the essence of classic soul recordings with measured mastery, each song is composed with the ideal balance of appeal to those that either simply savor an infectious groove and melody, or those who seek a more profound meaning.
The album juxtaposes a vibrant, get-up and dance groove with a cleverly embedded message, which displays the nucleus of The Rebirth’s sound. From the downbeat of the harmonies in the “Prelude” to the last audible fade in the epic soul ballad “Surrender the Pretender,” it’s a chaptered odyssey with each song telling the story of one’s journey from breaking point to edification. The music has continuity, detours and emotions, paralleling life’s ebb and flow. Sometimes it’s a party, as found in the funk undertones of “Show ‘em”; or sometimes it’s a needed peaceful escape, as found in the acoustic serenity of “Come on Over.”
While THRU THE EYES is an expression of The Rebirth’s current state, it began its journey in 2003. The band’s first single, THIS JOURNEY IN, was a 12-inch release on Loslito’s then-newly formed label, Kajmere Sound. This gritty psychedelic soul undertaking, now considered an underground classic, immediately caught the ears of King Britt, who quickly added the track to his BLACK TO THE FUTURE compilation.
From there, the course of history for The Rebirth was on a high trajectory with compilation licenses for This Journey In from GILES PETERSON’s “TRUST THE DJ”, CALIFORNIA SOUL, NORMAN JAY’S “GIANT 45,” as well as close to another 20 compilation adds.
Following the single “This Journey In,” The Rebirth toured the UK and other European territories for their second single release, “Everybody Say Yeah.” The new single began to gain recognition by pioneers like Little Louie Vega who then licensed the track to his SOUL HEAVEN presents MASTERS AT WORK – and all of this occurred before The Rebirth’s full length This Journey In even hit the stores.
Once released in 2005, THIS JOURNEY IN album embedded The Rebirth as one of the most influential underground groups, and garnered the Readers Choice “Group of the Year” for the highly reputable online magazine Soul Tracks. During this period, The Rebirth recorded a cover of the Mighty Ryeders’ “Evil Vibrations” for Ubiquity’s Rewind series, which once again amassed them as an underground gem. In 2008, they released a special remix EP with a new future funk/boogie style single called “LOVE ISSUE” which longstanding UK magazine Blues & Soul Magazine in which writer Snowboy declares, “…Rebirth come thundering back with the most glorious and heavenly piece of Jazz Funk Imaginable…To be honest, I’m going to have trouble finding a better record than this instant classic this year, 10 out of 10 means perfect, so, ‘perfect’ it is. 10.“
As much emphasis as the Rebirth places on the execution of its recordings, the same focused effort and importance is placed on their live performance. The studio environment is one of refinement while the live medium is one of spontaneous reciprocation. The Rebirth takes merit in replicating the recordings live to an invigorated audience and then feeding off their response to give new life to the songs. Every venue, city and culture may have its own personalized response, so the Rebirth gives each show its own unique stamp, with no two shows ever performed exactly the same way.
With three separate tours of Europe/UK, Ireland, playing festivals the SouthPort Weekender, Big Chill, South Africa’s Cape Town Jazz Festival, The Blue Note tours in Japan, and recently, The Culture Collide Festival, The Rebirth is gearing up once again to show and prove that live soul music is still alive and that a passionate audience is out there searching for it.
The Rebirth members are Carlos “Loslito” Guiaco, producer, keys & lead vocals; Baskerville Jones, lead vocals; Patrick Bailey, guitar; Chris Taylor, drums, vocals; Mark Cross, keys, synths, vocals; Daniel Seeff, bass; and Nikki Campbell, percussion.