Easy Star All-Stars feat. Steel Pulse “Five Years” (Video)

Easy Star All-Stars feat. Steel Pulse “Five Years” (Video)

Easy Star All-Stars draft Birmingham’s very own Steel Pulse for their brand-new single “Five Years”.

The acclaimed reggae group Easy Star All-Stars have returned alongside Birmingham’s Steel Pulse for their newest single and visuals, “Five Years” from their upcoming album named, ‘Ziggy Stardub’ – out April 21st via Easy Star Records.

The project is a reggae reimagining of David Bowie’s ‘The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars’.

Featuring vocals by Grammy-winning roots reggae band Steel Pulse, the soulful rendition of the track keeps the intergalactic flair of the original alive with the All-Stars’ signature reggae genius, as David Hinds’ magnetic vocals flourish with emotion – highlighting the soaring, apocalyptic attitude of the ballad.

The video, directed by Emmy® Award-winner Robert Bartolome, portrays the end of the world on a miniature scale, along with a rebirth.

It’s a visual treat that fits David Bowie’s timeless lyrics.

Easy Star All-Stars feat. Steel Pulse “Five Years” (Video)
Photo Credit: Joshua Reynolds

David Hinds of Steel Pulse says, “The song ‘Five Years’ can easily be turned into a movie of epic proportions. I see it as the planet’s apocalypse written in deep thought-out poetry and put to music. Therefore, it was a song that I had to interpret with great emotion, abandoning my form of syncopation while doing so. David Bowie was a visionary, a trend setter, a fashion revolutionist, who turned all heads the moment the Beatles’ and Hendrix’s era began to fade. It was the moment that art as we know it left the canvas to decorate and become human form. This man was thinking outside of the box in every dimension possible. It was a pleasure experiencing his experience with this project.”

Selwyn Brown (original Steel Pulse member) continues, “I enjoyed (as always with Easy Star projects) working on this track…David Bowie’s work needs no introduction, an artist who reinvented himself several times over, always taking his audience with him. I feel he would have liked the reworking of the album, too; one of his classics.”

Bowie’s version of ‘Five Years’ is in waltz time, so I had to really re-think the phrasing of all the parts…while still keeping the vibe of the original,” Michael Goldwasser, producer, arranger, and multi-instrumentalist of Easy Star says. “One of the ways that I achieved that was by co-opting some of the other arrangement techniques from the Bowie version such as fading in with a drumbeat, holding chords with both a grand piano and a twelve-string guitar in the beginning of the song, and bringing in strings to help the song build as it moves along. David Hinds of Steel Pulse brought his great vocal sensibilities to building the emotion of the song as it moves along as well – I think that the other David would have appreciated that.”

Easy Star All-Stars are set to take to the stage in the UK later this year in August at Cropredy Festival, Beautiful Days Festival, and Camper Calling.

The ‘Ziggy Stardub’ album will feature guest performances by Macy Gray, Steel Pulse, Maxi Priest, Fishbone, Vernon Reid (Living Colour), The Skints, Mortimer, The Expanders, Samory I, and many others.

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