"We Mean Business" started as a conversation. Roger Apollon and I have been making music together for a long time but we wanted to try something different. The goal was to write and record an album of ska and reggae music that reflected our shared love and appreciation for 2-Tone and what it stood for but took inspiration from some of the darker albums and themes associated with the sound (e.g., The Specials "More Specials", The Selecter "Celebrate The Bullet", The Beat "Whappen') but that would also would expand on that approach and incorporate new sounds with new voices to create something more modern, more soulful and more representative. We wanted to collaborate with singers and musicians we love and respect. And so, over nearly two years starting in early 2018 we pulled together this fantastically diverse mix of incredibly talented people -- Carolyn "Honeychild" Coleman (The 1865), Dunia Best (Agent 99, Dubistry), Olivier Rhee (The Boilers), Robert Tierney (The NY Citizens), Jenny Whiskey (Hub City Stompers, Rude Boy George), Matt Wixson, Ruben Rios, Anthony "Juggla" Minervino (The Rudie Crew), Rob Gainfort (The Steadys), Pamela Anderson Buckley (Rude Boy George), Rob George (Hub City Stompers, Rude Boy George) and Robert Julian (Rude Boy George)-- who helped to craft and create these songs about the darker side of modern life in 21st century America.
We are Heavensbee and We Mean Business....
released January 27, 2020
1. Rude! Original! Suave! (Apollon/Coleman/Rhee/Wasserman)
2. Baby Sister (Tierney/Wasserman)
3. Feelin' It (Apollon/Wasserman)
4. Black Mirror (Apollon/Coleman/Wasserman)
5. On My TV Screen (Coleman/Wasserman)
6. Feast Upon Us (Apollon/Best/Wasserman)
7. I Just Wanna Dance (Coleman/Minervino/Wasserman)
8. Jimmy Dread (Tierney/Wasserman)
9. Miracle at St. Anna (Rhee/Wasserman)
10. Sin Gets Hymned (Apollon/Rios/Wasserman)
11. Devalued (Apollon/Wixson/Wasserman)
12. Inner London Violence (Bad Manners/Rhee)
13. Flash (Gainfort/Best/Coleman/Wasserman)
14. Dead Inside (Apollon/Wasserman)
15. Dark End Of The Street (Penn/Moman)
16. Better Days (Wasserman/Vocals arranged by Best)
17. We Mean Business (Rhee/Wasserman)
Roger Apollon Jr – Lead and backing vocals, melodica, piano, synthesizer, lyrics
Dunia Best – Lead and backing vocals, flute, lyrics
Honeychild Coleman – Lead and backing vocals, lyrics
Olivier Rhee - Lead vocals, chats, lyrics
Marc Wasserman - Music, programming, production, lyrics
Special featured guests:
Robert Tierney - Lead vocals/lyrics on "Baby Sister" & "Jimmy Dread"
Anthony "Juggla" Minervino - Chat/lyrics on "I Just Wanna Dance"
Ruben Rios - Lead & backing vocals/lyrics on "Sin Gets Hymned"
Matt Wixson - Lead & backing vocals/lyrics on "Devalued"
Rob Gainfort - Lead & backing vocals/lyrics on "Flash"
Pamela Anderson Buckley - Keyboards on "Dark End Of The Street" & "Inner London Violence"
James Dellatacoma - Programming; Guitar on "Dead Inside"
Jenny Whiskey - Lead and backing vocals on "Dark End Of The Street" and saxophone and backing vocals on "Devalued" and saxophone on "Inner London Violence"
Rob George - Saxophone on "Inner London Violence"
Robert Julian - Guitar on "Inner London Violence"
Produced, engineered and mixed by James Dellatacoma
Recorded and mixed at Orange Sound Studio in West Orange, NJ
Album photo by Patrick Dougher; Concept by Marc Wasserman; Layout design by Bryan Kremkau
Heavensbee is a reggae/ska collective led by Roger Apollon Jr & Marc Wasserman of ska/reggae groups Bigger Thomas &Rude Boy
George and features Carolyn Coleman (The 1865) and Dunia Best Sinreich (Agent 99, Dubistry)
Their latest album includes collaborations with Jenny Whiskey (Hub City Stompers), Robert Tierney (NY Citizens), Olivier Rhee (The Boilers), Ruben Rios and Rob Gainfort (The Steadys)...more