Dubbed Canada’s “Reggae Warriors,” House of David Gang is an authentic reggae band that delivers late 70s and early 80s-style Jamaican reggae originals and the classic roots reggae songs of greats such as Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, Bunny Wailer, Gregory Isaacs and Dennis Brown; mixed with folk, soul, calypso, afrobeat and hip-hop influences. It is fronted by vocalist King Selah and drummer Jahlin Edwards with guitarists Terell Jarvis and Jay Cleary, bassist Snappy Homefry and keyboardist Desi Fingaz rounding out the modern incarnation of The Gang. The band takes its name from the House of David, an after-hours spot on Queen Street West that was a hotspot for artists from the city’s burgeoning Rastafarian and reggae community from the late 80’s until the mid-90’s.
After collaborations with over 20 musicians from Canada’s reggae community, House of David Gang emerged from bass player/producer Snappy Homefry’s Playhouse Studio, releasing “Reggae Warrior” on NuFunk.ca Records. Their annual Bob Marley Birthday Tribute and Food Drive tour has become a staple of the winter music calendar across Ontario, Quebec and Atlantic Canada. In Ontario, hundreds of reggae lovers come out for their springtime Original Wailers showcase and Peter Tosh tribute.
House of David Gang has performed in front of enthusiastic crowds at top Canadian festivals the Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival, Atlantic Jazz Festival, Beaches Jazz Festival, Toronto Festival of Beer, Word On The Street, Irie Music Festival and more. The Band has also shared the stage with K-OS, Mighty Diamonds, Echo Minott, Bushman, The Original Wailers, Mad Professor, Xavier Rudd and many others.
After finishing their extensive two month Western Canadian tour this past summer, the band is now focusing on new projects at hand and gearing up for 2016. Currently the band is in the recording process, working on their new album “Slum” at Slamm Productions in Toronto with the support of an Ontario Arts Council Grant, scheduled to be released mid-2016. While keeping their classic reggae foundation, the direction and feel of the album maintained its roots as well as experimenting with new elements and sounds. The band has also recently released a psychedelic music video titled “Rock & Roll Queen”, directed by Phallon “ZiF” Dunn. With their new album “Slum” and a documentary in the works as well as more music videos to come, House of David Gang is definitely a band to watch out for in 2016.
“One of the most interesting reggae bands in the country” – Matt Galloway, CBC Radio Host December 2012
“Irie classic reggae sound with uplifting lyrics. Ya mon! It gets my approval!” – Carl Harvey, Producer/Guitarist for Toots & Maytals January 2013
“Reggae Warrior works to remind the reggae faithful of the earthy Queen Street West live vibe, while at the same time showing that the band’s potential to deliver a modern classic…” – Feb 2013 Ryan B Patrick, Exclaim Magazine
“Kensington Market reggae warriors bring their ruff and tuff live edge to disc with lush horn arrangements and searing lead guitar…” – Paul Corby, Regent Radio Toronto March 2013
“Reggae Warrior reflects the growth and maturity of HODG, a touring band who have created their own global, yet distinctly Canadian sound – one that appeals to a wide variety people across this vast land.” – MadCast Fuji, Ital Roots Radio April 2013
“Been rinsing your tunes on CIUT 89.5FM (Toronto), Good show at the Phoenix on Saturday, band sounded tight!” – Jesse King aka Dubmatix, May 2013