Official ThreePeace Biography
ThreePeace is an American Reggae Rock Band Formed in 2005 by Leftee and Big R . Their influence is guitar and drum driven with their sound rooted in the Reggae Rock Genre. Likewise, the influences of the band draws from different facets of Alternative Rock, Classic Rock and Reggae including the sound of The Police and Bob Marley. The band has a mission of spreading World Peace and Acceptance among all people of all faiths through Rock and Reggae Music!
The Bands first album “Empire of the Sun” (2006) established the band in the mold of their Alternative Rock heritage and was recorded after near death experiences for Leftee and Big R . The album was recorded in Empire, Michigan in the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore where they recorded the video for the single "Empire of the Sun". The band received World Wide airplay on their first album. The “Empire of the Sun” album received many positive reviews including HussieSkunk.Com , Ear Candy Magazine and others.
The Bands second album “For the Love of the Rastaman” (2007) was an album dedicated to their heroes Bob Marley and The Police. The bands topics on this album established the band as social critics. The bands MySpace following quickly grew the exposure for the band and they were picked as one of twelve artists featured on the 2008 MySpace Music Calendar for the month of July. The band was also featured on www.StingUs.net in the bands influenced by Sting and The Police section of the site. The bands album sales continued to grow around the World.Crystal Pyramid Video Productions of San Diego, California commissioned the band for the use of their song “Gone Away" ,edited by Patty Mooney.
ThreePeace continued to write and develop new songs and released “Messengers of Thyatira” (2008) On this release, the band continues to focus their musical energy on the many things shared by all people, and less on the few things which divide the masses. Soon after the release of the "Messengers of Thyatira" album, ThreePeace was added to the Clear Channel Communications Family of websites at iheart.com, and listed on over 750+ radio stations websites in the United States.
The ThreePeace band origin is from the town of Grand Blanc, Michigan. In 2009, Vdub entered the group on bass guitar and made the Grand Blanc connection complete as Vdub and Leftee were members of the band "Not Quite" back in the 80's which also had a reggae and rock vibe. Vdubs smooth bass grooves and musical knowledge add a new melodic depth to their music. ThreePeace entered the studio to begin recording their 4th album in the winter of 2010.
Soon after entering the studio in 2010 ThreePeace recorded and released "Hockeytown (Lets Go Red Wings) " which is a tribute their great hometown heroes the Detroit Red Wings, the song tells the story of Red Wings history and touches on all the era's past present and future. This was the first project released after Vdub entered the band. After the release of this song ThreePeace went into a dormancy period as little by little they accumulated new material for the upcoming album "Vapor Trails". Things were slow in the studio and the album was completed over the next few years one track at a time. Vdub left ThreePeace in 2013 while Big R and Leftee continued to forge ahead on the tracks to make sure the project would eventually get released.
2014 was a big Year for ThreePeace and started with the release of "The Positive Vibration Session", recorded in 2007 at Positive Vibration Studios in Grand Blanc, Michigan. ThreePeace Music is rooted in the cause of moving our World forward with Peace, Acceptance and One Love, as the great Bob Marley did before them. The band is going through a revival of sorts finding that the sounds of analog tape and spontaneous recordings made for the some of the best jam sessions. While sessions like these lend themselves to musical mistakes at times, it also that atmosphere which creates the best space for being in the spirit, going with the flow. This was the initial concept of the "Empire of the Sun" album itself. Often when you overdo the perfection with countless overdubs, you kill the spirit of the recording.
This project is a collection of Reggae Rock with a Punk edge which ThreePeace is known for. On this 6 song compilation the band covers the Bob Marley Classics "Stir It Up" and "War" and a punk version of The Police "Walking in your Footsteps". Also featured are songs from the ThreePeace album "Empire of the Sun". ThreePeace influences musically are many and include the likes of Bob Marley, Peter Tosh and other Classic Reggae artists, as well as Classic Rock and New Wave influences like The Police and The English Beat. The band believed that this project sounded like a an old vinyl album bootleg and thus that is exactly how it was released in limited edition. Those copies are sold out but the session can still be downloaded on CDBaby or on Itunes.
This was recorded after the band was selected as one of twelve artists featured on the MySpace Music Calendar. This session was recorded during bass player auditions in 2007 as Raul was leaving the band for Alaska. The bass guitar is played by Michelle Hobbs who had never played any of this material before with the band. The energy and spark of the recording had a flow the band always loved. There were no rehearsals for this recording so it took its own musical direction. This recording has always been a band favorite and embodied the spirit and spark of the "Empire of the Sun" album and the "For the Love of the Rastaman" album. Michelle never actually played a gig with ThreePeace other than this one session. This was a jam recording recorded via a X-Y stereo microphone setup in the studio. This Positive Vibration Session can be considered a band authorized Bootleg Recording.
Leftee - Drums, Lead Vocals, Backing Vocals Track 3
In early spring of 2014 ThreePeace also released "Greatest Hits - Pieces of Three" - ThreePeace Greatest Hits - Pieces of Three is a compilation of the best ThreePeace songs remastered from the albums "Empire Of The Sun", "For the Love of the Rastaman" and "Messengers Of Thyatira. All songs on this Greatest Hits compilation have been digitally remastered from the original recordings. This process was done by the professionals at Channel Fuse Media in Memphis, Tennessee. This is available on CDBaby or Itunes.
ThreePeace fans have long been asking for a greatest hits compilation. The band excited to get back to their mission of promoting One Love and Unity among all the brothers of man. In order to restore a collective unity to the three albums these tracks are taken from, great effort was done during mastering to make them a collective unit by sonically improving all the tracks, while also making this a collection of great songs which stand on their own as one unit.
Vapor Trials the 4th Studio Album - 6th overall, from the Michigan Reggae Rock Trio THREEPEACE was released in Summer of 2014. Over 5 years in the making, this epic album takes you on a musical journey covering topics from a wide range of interest. The album cover was hand painted by Big R and Leftee. The band hailing from Michigan has long been known for their reggae / rock vibes in the influence of Bob Marley & The Wailers, Classic Rock artists like The Police and even dabbles into the Alternative Rock genre with influences like Green Day and other Punk Rock legends like The Clash and the Ramones. If you are into Reggae Rock Vibes that are intended to move the World into a Positive Vibration and direction this is definitely the album for you.
Michigan based THREEPEACE returns with their 5th studio album (April 2016) "Northern Shore" in the mold of their musical heroes Bob Marley and The Police and their many other Reggae Rasta Rocker influences. Speaking of The Police, I couldn't help but notice this is the 5th THREEPEACE album and the first song, "Spirit of the Son" mentions "Synchronicity" in it. Perhaps THREEPEACE and The Police have some synchronicity of their own. The band continues to grow in their songwriting and has also developed some different feels on this album, in addition to the Reggae Rock they are known for. On this album the band continues to dive into topics as social critics. Their song Hemp Oil, dedicated to cancer patients being denied their rights to use hemp oil as a life saving treatment, touching on Dr. Sanjay Gupta from CNN and the FDA along the way. Also pointing out the availability of hemp oil as a fuel source. Then comes the tongue in cheek laughter track "Quarter Mile", complete with a trumpeting elephant, exposing the stereotypical Hollywood Barbie doll, fixated on her weight and the weight of everyone around her! LOL! A slam on tabloid trash magazines celebrity weight issues and a reminder to just be yourself! The title track of the album is "Northern Shore" and the the spirit of that song, combined with the Michigan air, delivers a haunting spiritual track that eases the album into the softer grooves that come as a flow in the closing of the album. Likewise, "Father, Mother, Sister, Brother" speaks to each of our own self conscience regarding our view of the less privileged we cross paths with in this world, and a reminder to have compassion. The cover art is none other than that of the Mackinaw Bridge giving this album a authentic "Northern Shore" feel hand painted by Leftee & Big R. On the song "Body Bags" the band touches on the crime wave that runs through their home town of Flint Michigan. This song originally composed long ago, seemed as relevant today as it was back then, thus the band decided to release it on this compilation. If you have listened to THREEPEACE in the past, you are aware that the current of social awareness is something that flows through their songs and the vibe of their music, and that is something that continues on this album. The band has nailed the sound and vibe they have set out to create, complete with stronger melodies and very catchy singable melodies running through the songs, for example "Spirit of the Son", "Our Song" and "The More Things Change". The band closes the album off with a instrumental called "Moonlight on the Water" which is the perfect song to listen to with a Michigan sunset and cold one, it floats you right out there with the Great Lakes surf! THREEPEACE fans are going to no doubt love this album, it takes you on a musical journey which touches on all era's of the band, while carving out new areas to explore and adventure!
In early2017 Gilligan joined the band on Bass Guitar. The band quickly played many live performaces over the summer of 2017. The band will enter the studio in December 2017 to begin work on thieir 6th studio album expected out in late 2018.
THREEPEACE will add this upcoming album to their growing library of music which continues to grow by leaps and bounds, connecting the people of the World with concepts shared instead of things which divide us!
All the ThreePeace Projects are available at Itunes or CDbaby see links on this page!
The ThreePeace website at www.ThreePeace.Org has logged over 400,000 visitors since its inception in November of 2005. Thanks we appreciate you and your help in the mission of One Love and Unity!
ThreePeace influences include: The Police, Bob Marley, U2, Green Day, Sting, Andy Summers, Stewart Copeland, The English Beat, Shaggy, Peter Tosh, Ziggy Marley, Jamaica, Reggae, Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin, Sublime, Jimmy Cliff, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, John Mellencamp, Duke Tumatoe, Daniel Lanois, Hugh Padgham, Classic Rock, Phish, The Grateful Dead, The Beatles, Pink Floyd, Gene Pool, The TecTonics, Steely Dan, Donald Fagen, Grand Funk Railroad, The Rasta's, Jo Mama's Bakery, Trey Anastasio, Les Claypool, Oysterhead, Rush, Neil Peart, Men at Work.............Just to name a few!