Thursday, December 01, 2016

David Asher is interviewed on KFAI - 90.3 FM


THE PROCESS vocalist David Asher is interviewed on KFAI - 90.3 FM Minneapolis - 106.7 FM St. Paul's "Echo Chamber" Program, by Host Dr. Strangedub. Asher discusses the making of the latest album by The Process "Who Is That Mad Band?", working with Rock icon Dick Wagner, Dub Legend Adrian Sherwood, and other collaborators from the On-U Sound Records label. Asher also discusses his influences, and how he came into Reggae music.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

David Asher Hosts the ON U Sound Sunday Roast


David Asher Hosts his first episode of the ON U Sound Sunday Roast on DWR Online Radio, now streaming online on Mixcloud. Featuring tracks from the just released African Headcharge album "Return Of The Crocodile", and much, much more. Be sure to check it out! 

Saturday, October 29, 2016

THE PROCESS – Who Is That Mad Band? Review on DMME

Michigan warriors shake the spear of Rasta to make their stand and stay their ground in the face of fate.

You don’t have to descend from Jamaica to live by the principle of ital, and these Detroit folks have been proving the point for more than quarter of a century. “Who Is That Mad Band?” might be the group’s best offering to date, though, the fact stressed by presenting new versions of a couple older tracks here, so don’t be fooled by the album’s title and its cover: it’s the message that matters, not the form, and not for nothing references to herb were dropped now in favor of much holier smoke.

For all the collective’s merry stance, the laughter leading into of “Mystery Babylon” is a bitter one, and the pain is piled up high from the very beginning – thus that the band’s cosmic take on “Dear Mr. Fantasy” sounds like escapism into a dream – but they somehow eschew, even in the most roaring riddims and rhymes, the righteous rage the others would opt for. There is ire under “Fire Is Burning” and smouldering coals in its all-encompassing dub restyling at the end, yet the anger is shaped as a prayer: that’s why “The Lion Of Judah Hath Prevailed” trades it for acceptance of triumph.

The humor is here, too, what with an acoustic calypso of “It Is No Secret” which Garrick Owen adorns with exquisite six-string lace, or “Time Has Come” where David Asher’s silky voice shines in lyrical rays. Still, the update of classic story in “Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde” that is spiked with Dick Wagner’s solo, one of the late guitarist’s last cuts, turns into a slice of social satire, with skank and a smile, to alleviate its moral angle, while the riff and infectious chant of “Gypsy Wind” up the rock game immensely. And though the toasting of individual Wailers and other proponents of Jah music in “Tribute (To The Heroes)” is saved only by its sincere seriousness, “Return The Treasures” – one of a few Adrian Sherwood’s mixes on display – is a festive, if culturally sharp, gathering of various generations, as Lee Perry, Ghetto Priest and Little Axe all cut into the drift.

So yes, the band may be mad, but it’s often the madmen who tell you the truth.

Dmitry M. Epstein

Monday, October 24, 2016

THE WIREBENDER PRESENTS THE PROCESS -INTERVIEWS, TRACKS AND REMIXES FT ADRIAN SHERWOOD AND NISSENENMONDAI

 October 28th 20:00 hours UK time, 3:00 PM Eastern Standard Time.. 
"The Show features interviews with Skip McDonald, Little Axe​ and David Asher, 
THE PROCESS recorded in Detroit/London. 
The interviewed is followed by mixes from the On-U Sound Records​ vaults, David Harrow​ and Adrian Sherwood at the controls and the Rex Offender providing some dub mash ups.
In the last part we have Adrian Sherwood with Nissenenmondai recorded live in Japan.”


Ras Seymour McClean
The show starts with an interview. Simon Wade calls in from London. David Asher and Skip McDonald answer the call in Detroit. Chicago? What is the reason that such a long-distance connection should be established?
One clue to the answer is Ras Seymour Mclean. He is also the gentleman in the picture above.
And the following is part of his story, word to Simon:
#Return The Treasures”  featured in the Wirebender’s show the album by THE PROCESS, “Who Is That Mad Band?”, was inspired by the tireless work of Ras Seymour Mclean, in his efforts to return the treasures of the fortress of Magdala in Ethiopia, which was looted by the British in 1868, back to the land where they belong. The holy relics and crown jewels are held to this day, in the British National museum.”
The content of the show: ‘Return The Treasures’ features Skip McDonald aka Little Axe, Ghetto Priest, Mikki Sounds, Adrian Sherwood and the voice of the mighty Lee “Scratch” Perry.
The Show features interviews with Skip Macdonald Little Axe and David Asher The Process  recorded in Detroit/london.
The interviewed is followed by mixes from the On u sound vaults  David Harrow and Adrian Sherwood at the controls and the Rex Offender providing some dub mash ups
In the last part we have Adrian Sherwood with Nissenenmondai recorded live in Japan.”


Friday, September 30, 2016

Album Review of The Process Who Is That Mad Band? at CultchaClash.com

Album Review of The Process Who Is That Mad Band? At CultchaClash.com
By Jon J Cut Soldanels
I wasn't familiar with Detroit's The Process before their current album Who Is That Mad Band? was sent to me via file transfer by their vocalist and co-founder (alongside Garrick Owen), David Asher. It immediately got my attention due to contributions from some of my musical heroes from the On-U Sound & Tackhead camp - namely Adrian Sherwood and Skip "Little Axe" McDonald as well as Ghetto Priest, David Harrow and the Mighty Upsetter, Lee "Scratch" Perry.
Upon further research I found that the band has been fusing Rock & Reggae since 1989, ("On a mission to fight ignorance, apathy and social retardation," says their website), they have produced 8 albums and several singles (available Here). Besides the On-U Sound collaborators, there is a Mothership connection in the band as well, with drummer Gabe Gonzalez who played with the P-Funk All-Stars. The album also features one of the last recordings from Dick Wagner, a name previously unfamiliar to me but after some research it became apparent that I'm well aware of his work with Lou Reed, Alice Cooper and Kiss to name but a few.

The 13 song album is strong all the way through, starting with the rocking "Mystery Babylon" that would appeal to a fan of Bad Brains heavy Reggae sound. Next comes "Dr. Jeckyll & Mr. Hyde" on which genetic modification becomes the topic. "Tribute (To the Heroes)" is one of my favorites on the album, as the title implies an homage to the legends, with a hype steppers riddim and an ill clavichord track, it's definitely a powerful tune. More Roots, Rock, Reggae on "Fire Is Burning," the dub of this one is also included and is well wicked! "Dear Mr. Fantasy" has a driving electronic rhythm with a ballad-like feel. There's more Rasta-Inspired consciousness and progressive Reggae on "The Lion Of Judah Hath Prevailed" and "Psalms Of David." On "It's No Secret" there is a strong world-roots vibe. "Gypsy Wind" is another Reggae rocker and "Time Has Come," with it's unique structure and sparseness, has an On-U Sound feel without a doubt.
"Return The Treasures" brings more reality lyrics from Ghetto Priest and Lee "Scratch" Perry and brings it once more with a super-tough dub.
The only complaint I have about this album, being the vinyl fiend that I am, is that it is not (yet) available on wax. If it were within my powers to press it myself, I would but I understand that that isn't a cheap...shall i say, Process. Big Up The Process, keep doing what you do! :) selecta j-cut
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Monday, September 19, 2016

THE PROCESS CHARTS #7 on earshot NATIONAL INTERNATIONAL CHARTS

THE PROCESS Who is That Mad Band? Charts #7 on !earshot NATIONAL INTERNATIONAL CHARTS, Tuesday, September 13, 2016!



Wednesday, September 14, 2016

THE PROCESS album "Who Is That Mad Band?" is in consideration for a 2017 GRAMMY Award. If you are a voting NARAS (National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences) member, please support THE PROCESS in our bid. Thank you!