Santa Barbara reggae rock trio Cydeways recently released a new EP, titled Ride On. Cydeways meshes together reggae, rock and hip hop to form a smooth, refreshing sound. The 5-track EP is brief, but packs a punch with upbeat, in-your-face songs like “Go Funk Yourself” and the contrasting laxed-out hip hop vibe on “Wanna Lova.”
Cydeways is fronted by Dustin Parks (guitar/vocals), and includes Jeremy Baker (lead guitar) and Eddie Cardenas (drums). Producer and sound engineer Trevor Buckingham, a founding creator of the band, is also intricately involved in molding the band’s sound. Parks began the project in his home state of Massachusetts before transplanting himself in California, adding Baker and Cardenas to complete the band’s current lineup.
Ride On was recorded in Lancaster, MA at Commons Recording, and produced by Buckingham. Cydeways also brought on their good friend Nicholas Marks from The Olés to play horns on the EP.
Dustin Parks filled us in on Cydeways’ latest work, explaining, “This EP is definitely some of our best work yet. I think it really shows who we are and what our sound is. I love The Pharcyde scratch in ‘Wanna Lova’ cause I’m the biggest 90s hip-hop fan. Ive always loved to mix reggae with hip-hop. I don’t see as many reggae bands doing it anymore and that’s what I grew up on. We cannot wait to start touring and really spread our music.”
Cydeways is planning to hit the road at the end of this summer, touring mainly in Southern California. Stay tuned for more updates!
Listen: Cydeways – Ride On EP