Making it "Too Damn Tough" to not have a good time

BY: ASHLEY WAYLAND

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Change was voted for in 2008, yet little has been seen, especially in the oh-so static world of popular music. So enough with the slit your wrist, life sucks and you can't move forward kind of bands. It's time to turn your attention to a band that's upbeat, fun and full of positive vibrations.The fusion of rock and reggae music over the last two decades has exploded onto iPods and across stages around the world. It's difficult to differentiate between the good, the bad and the tasteless when it comes to which bands to follow. Lucky for you, one band has found the perfect mixture of mosh-pit rock and reggae tones. Native to Arcadia, Costa Mesa transplants, The B Foundation has done well with their newest CD "Souvenirs, Novelties and Party Tricks" released Sept. 1 of this year. Coming off an extreme high and ready for the first leg of their tour, the band raged Dipiazza Restaurant and Lava Lounge in Long Beach on September 10. With minimal tables available, the venue became standing room only by the time the band took the stage. Incredible energy flowed through the room as The B Foundation played some of their newest hits including "Too Damn Tough," "Bellyfloppin" and "Baby Jane."

The band has become a Long Beach favorite because of their party style and reggae vibes. The B Foundation broke free from the emo pool that so many bands are currently drowning in and brought with them life. Even the anti-dance crowd would find it nearly impossible to not move to the beat and rhythm of this refreshing sound.

Lead singer and guitarist Patrick Stevenson has more than enough personality to go around. His frequent drink requests and occasional passing of a joint make him fun to watch but his vocals are what make him stand out. Stevenson offers the lyrics up so passionately that each song feels it was written for each individual listening.

Adding to the voice of Stevenson is Jason Moorehead on bass, Tyler Lewis playing lead guitar and Ian McGrath on drums. Together, they play a great set filled with positive vibes and good times. Each one of these guys deserves equal commendation for finally bringing some real music back to the public. The B Foundation is just what the world needs; they aren't another boy band with bad hair and girl jeans.

"Souvenirs, Novelties and Party Tricks" is the bands third CD. Their first, 2002s "The Deep End," included hits "Costa Mesa," "Blaze One" and "Voices."

Their second CD, 2006s "Trouble Standing," had three of the bands biggest songs so far: "Be Alright," "Spliffed" and "Rincon." Gaining local recognition on KROQ, "Spliffed" and "Rincon" have become regulars on the station.

The B Foundation credits Pepper and Sublime for the inspiration behind their music. Many bands arose during and after the time of Sublime, trying to mimic the sounds and popularity but very few succeed. Just like all of the grunge bands that formed around Nirvana, none are ever as good but one or two come close. Stevenson and the guys come close to Sublime but still have a very different style that make them unique.

If you're looking for a good crowd of people to spend an evening with which make sure to check out The B Foundation in a live setting. I strongly encourage you to either pick up their CDs or go to a show and experience them live, as you won't be disappointed.

Thank The B Foundation for making music during a time when everything is so standard and plain. Music is about expression and it seems all bands are currently on that same track-too similar and whiny. Say good-bye to the mainstream fohawk and skinny jeans and hello to the one love, reggae revolution.

Break out the Rasta red, yellow and green and have a smile-you don't have to be angry all of the time just because the CD you're listening to is.