The Matt Irie Band started as a one-man show in North Carolina in 2006 with vocalist Matt Irie rocking with a DJ at local hip hop shows. Multiple lineup changes over the years brought together a fusion of genres to form the five-piece group they are today. Joined by Larry Holcomb and Joe Watkins on guitars, Will Barkley on drums, and Michael Dorsett on bass and keys, Matt Irie leads what is described as “island infused-Funky Blues.”
They draw on their diverse backgrounds, bringing together influences from bands like Twenty-One Pilots, Beastie Boys, Team Sleep, and Incubus, and finding themselves sharing the stage with the likes of Pepper, Papa Roach, Rev Run, Ludacris, Jelly Roll, The Movement, CKY, Bubba Sparxxx, The Hu, Falling in Reverse, Kottonmouth Kings, The Green, Stick Figure, Fortunate Youth, and Motionless in White.
The past few years have taken the band to the next level, enjoying the spotlight on multiple festivals like the Blue Ridge Rock Festival and the Port City Reggae Festival. The Matt Irie Band has formed a one-of-a-kind cocktail blend, packing a unique style and energetic sound to win crowds over at venues all over the Southeast, catching a strong buzz around the entire US, and raising glasses as far as Australia, France, and Japan.
“Better Off” is the third single from Matt Irie Band, following up “Run To” and “Coastal.” Be sure to follow them on the socials as they get ready to drop more music in the coming months! Their music can be found on all major streaming platforms.