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MP3 The Sun Kings - Rub Up In It

Our signature sound blends smooth funk and reggae grooves with melodic bluesy guitar with contemporary lyrics and song structure

12 MP3 Songs
ROCK: Funk Rock, WORLD: Reggae

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The Sun Kings: Rub Up In It
Shuck off those winter coats and don your visors and beads -- The Sun Kings'' Rub Up In It is coming your way ... from the tropical paradise of Aliquippa. From the get-high call of "Water''s Glare" to the acoustic album closer, it''s all sun-drenched reggae-funk and beachcomber musings. Which makes it really strange to see them play Moondog''s at the Graffiti Rock Challenge, which they did this past frigid February. The local power trio has concocted such an un-Pittsburgh sound, it''s hard to decide whether it''s just plain incongruous or something fresh.
The most obvious comparison for the Sun Kings is Sublime, and the band''s crafted a nearly perfect Sublime replica in the disc''s title track, "Rub Up In It." Squeaky-clean reggae guitar drives the chicken-peck rhythm, as the drums double time on the choruses and lay back -- way back -- on the verses. Other momentary similarities are 311 and, I suppose, Police tracks such as "One World."
Throughout, Dan Bubien''s guitar work is impressive and tasty, his resonant vocals reminiscent of Sublime''s Brad Nowell and Dave Matthews. The rhythm section of Christian "Captain" Caputo (bass) and Tim McCollim (drums) provide just enough cracking rim shots and burbling bottom end to keep the songs (and the Zig-Zags) rolling. And the spacious brittle sound of the recording is perfect for this style.
The Sun Kings probably aren''t the most original thing you''ve ever heard, but it''s a polished, fully realized and fun sound. And to persist with such sunny jams in our blustery climes, there has to be a little something to it.
The Sun Kings CD release 10 p.m. Fri., Dec. 1. Hard Rock Café, 230 W. Station Square Drive, Station Square. $7 (includes CD). 412-481-ROCK or https://www.tradebit.com
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CD Review - Debut Disc

Here Come The Sun Kings

They put the reggae in the rock ’n’ roll and shook it all up.
That’s the recipe for The Sun Kings, those Beaver County groove meisters who tonight release their debut CD, “Rub Up In It.”
An accessible, cohesive and catchy disc, “Rub Up In It” offers 11 original songs. The trio, amid thoughtful ruminations on love and relationships, slips in a few intriguing phrases. Perhaps they’ll explain the meaning of “south side shoes” or “Cinnamon King” at tonight’s CD release party at the Hard Rock Café in Pittsburgh’s Station Square.
Showtime is 10p.m., with a $7 cover that includes the CD.
The Sun Kings – singer-guitarist Dan Bubien, drummer Tim McCollim and bassist Christian “Captain” Caputo will warm up for that gig by acoustically performing “The Apartment Song” at 9:10 this morning on WDVE-FM.

---By Scott Tady

> To see an interview and solo performance by The Sun Kings singer Dan Bubien, go to https://www.tradebit.com and click “Center Stage with Scott Tady.”

Here come The Sun Kings, but it''s not what you might expect. Rather than channeling the Beatles, this Aliquippa trio draws its inspiration from the light funk grooves of Sublime and 311 and the reggae of Bob Marley. The trio -- singer-guitarist Dan Bubien, bassist-singer Christian Caputo and drummer Tim McCollim, is releasing its debut CD, "Rub Up In It," with a CD Release Party Friday at 10 p.m. at the Hard Rock Cafe, Station Square. The $7 admission includes a copy of the CD. You can also check out the Sun Kings Friday at 9 a.m. on the WDVE Morning Show. For details, go to https://www.tradebit.com.

By: Scott Tady - Times Entertainment Writer

CENTER STAGEBand: The Sun Kings.

See them: 9:30 tonight at Hard Rock Cafe, Pittsburgh.

Sample them: https://www.tradebit.com, clicking "Center Stage" logo.

Think Sublime with blasts of roadhouse-blues guitar.

That''s what the Sun Kings bring to the party.

Perhaps you saw the Sun Kings play Fat Tuesday at the Hard Rock Cafe or on St. Patrick''s Day at Jugheads in the Strip.

"We had people crowd surfing at Boomerang''s," boasts Sun Kings bassist Christian "Captain" Caputo, referring to the trio''s favorite Oakland bar.

The Beaver County band''s members have plenty of stories to tell, like the time the fire alarm went off and cleared the room during their Sports Rock gig, or their show on the coldest night of the winter at Margaritaville, where guitarist Dan Bubien said he could barely feel his strings.

So go the challenges for an 18-month-old band that will play its most important show yet tonight, warming up a Hard Rock crowd for Los Angeles rockers Four Way Free.

The Station Square crowd ought to be bobbing its heads, at least, thanks to the Sun Kings'' reggae-infused, modern-rock sound that sometimes veers off unexpectedly into piercing blues passages courtesy of Bubien, formerly of local blues ensemble Shades of Blue.

The Sun Kings are a young but veteran band, with Caputo coming over from the Delaneys, while drummer Tim McCullim previously pounded the sticks for File 13, Schmuck, Same Pants Different Day, Dirty Sanchez and Better Ending, bands whose names appear on his bass drum.

A March 24 hometown gig at Kelly''s Riverside Saloon in Bridgewater saw the Sun Kings shine for 2½ hours, with the band''s first set beginning with radio friendly "The Apartment Song," followed by several other originals.

Bubien''s vocals were clear and confident, and as a three-piece band there wasn''t a lot of clutter, as the Sun Kings drove through a spot-on version of Sublime''s "Badfish" and a faithful rendering of "Warehouse" by the Dave Matthews Band. For Stevie Wonder''s "Superstitious," McCullim and Caputo brought the funk as Bubien plucked out those deliciously chunky guitar leads.

Playing a roughly 70-30 percent mix of original versus cover songs, the Sun Kings have the right formula to remain a major player on the Pittsburgh bar circuit while striving toward that big break that could take them further.

To sample the band''s originals, log on to https://www.tradebit.com.

Scott Tady can be reached online at [email protected]://www.tradebit.com.

Bio - The Sun Kings are a modern, exciting and dynamic three piece band from Aliquippa Pennsylvania with a wide range of songs and influences, which they have molded into a uniquely fresh, fun, original style. The Sun Kings’ signature sound blends smooth funk and reggae grooves, clean melodic guitars, and contemporary lyrics and song structure, which produces a vibe and feeling that captivates audiences wherever they perform. The Sun Kings, with their passion and love of making music and performing, consistently entertain their growing fan base.
The Sun Kings consist of Dan Bubien on guitars and lead vocals, Christian “Captain” Caputo on bass guitar and vocals, and Tim McCollim on drums. Between the three of them, there are years and years of musical experience with many noteworthy Pittsburgh Based Bands, which has helped to polish the members of The Sun Kings into professional musicians. Dan, Captain, and Tim have shared the stage with several well known local and national musicians including The Freedom Band, Chizmo Charles, Push, Green Eggs and Spam, The Buzz Poets, The Gamble Brothers, Debbie Davies, Tinsley Ellis, Michael Burkes, Bernard Allison, and The Clarks.
Dan, Captain, and Tim have performed at many noteworthy venues in the tri-state area throughout their musical careers including The Pittsburgh Blues Festival, The Heritage Music Festival, Nick’s Fat City, The Rex Theatre, The Hard Rock Café, The Rhythm House Café, Club Café, Thursday’s Tavern, H.B. Culpeppers, Boomerangs, and Kelly’s Riverside Saloon. Dan, Captain, and Tim, have also traveled to and performed at Ocean City Maryland, Los Angeles California, and Southern Florida.
With their life and musical experience, and their un-bound talent, The Sun Kings are a definite up and coming talent to be reckoned with. Through their passion and love for music, The Sun Kings strive to reach new heights and gain new fans at their live shows. E-mail Dan Bubien at [email protected]://www.tradebit.com , phone 724-624-4594 or visit, https://www.tradebit.com

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