Progressive reggae-rock pioneers Passafire will be releasing Longshot, their sixth full-length album – and third release on indie reggae powerhouse Easy Star Records – on May 12. The record is now available for pre-order, which includes two advance songs, “Longshot” and “Blow.” Those songs are also be on Spotify and other streaming services.
Longshot’s songs reflect a maturity gained by years on and off the road
Befitting a band over a decade into the game and six albums deep, Longshot’s songs reflect a maturity gained by years on and off the road. “Drifter” tells a story of traveling the world and experiencing new things. “Rapunzel” depicts starting over, inspired by Ted moving to Tybee Island, GA; while “Growing Up,” reflects the ambivalence of getting older. The difficulties of maintaining relationships in this business are explored especially on Will’s songs “Bright” and “Tacoma.” A more positive take on this aspect of a musician’s life can be found in Ted’s “One Blink,” which weaves a strong story about finding love and keeping it going despite long months on the road and in the studio.
Relationships and normal life be damned, as Passafire will continue their usual touring pace to support the record. Co-headlining with long time road partner Ballyhoo! begins March 31, along with some of their own headline shows. In May, the band returns to play California Roots in Monterey, CA, currently the biggest domestic reggae festival. In late July and early August, the band will join the legendary 311 for four shows in the Southeast. All tour dates are below.