This 5-song EP from the Boston band Destroy Babylon offers very cool roots reggae, horns heavy, on top of the usual rhythm section. On Bad Draw, the saxophone brings in a ska feel, although the tempo stays calm and relax as reggae should be.

On Echo Chamber, we feel even more the ska influence these six guys probably have in their background as the beat gets moving way more, adding some funk elements in the mix. They show a lot of character in songs like #1 Killer, which refers to drugs and its billion-dollar industry.


Originally hailing from Hudson, New Hampshire, twin brothers John and Marc Beaudette formed Destroy Babylon with their friend Chris Moran during the summer of 2001. In 2012, Kellee Webb became a full-time singer and percussionist, Rob’s brother Sean Carmichael took over on bass (moving John back to guitar), and the band typically performs as a 6-piece after Moran left.

The band name was taken from a song by the hardcore reggae punk influencers Bad Brains, who were big in Washington DC’s 80’s scene alongside Fugazi. Destroy Babylon opened for H.R.’s (Bad Brains’ singer) solo concerts earlier in their career as well as for reggae legend Lee “Scratch” Perry.

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Long Live the Vortex
(Young Cub, 2011)

-Genre: roots reggae
-In the same genre than Jah & I, The Slackers

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Nicolas Pelletier

Mélomane invétéré et rédacteur agréé, Nicolas pratique la critique en mode olympique: il parle de tout, tout le temps, depuis 1991. Il a publié 6 000 critiques de disques et concerts dont 1100 chez emoragei magazine et 600 sur, dont il a également été le rédacteur-en-chef de 2009 à 2014. Il publie “Les perles rares et grands crus de la musique” en 2013, et devient stratège numérique des radios de Bell Média en 2015, participant au lancement de la marque iHeartRadio au Canada en 2016.