In the new Feels Good EP, Kore Ionz continue to bring the warmth of Hawaii and the soul of reggae into their brand of pop that resonates with Michael Franti & Spearhead as much as Bob Marley & The Wailers. “Feels Good” is a song that can turn rain into sunshine and features the powerful and iconic voice of Hawaii-born singer/songwriter Daniel Pak, which the Seattle Weekly describes as sounding “like it was birthed right in the heart of New Orleans, with enough jazz heart to lead a Jamaican revolution of peace and love.”
Alongside the eponymous first single, the EP includes four other tracks, including a remix of “Love You Better,” the lead single off the band’s 2011 release, World War Free. The song hit #1 on Native FM in Hilo and Kona and received heavy rotation throughout Hawaii after debuting live on Seattle’s KEXP 90.3 FM, trailing right behind Death Cab For Cutie on the influential station’s Top Live Performances chart.
Following a sold-out show in Honolulu, the band shot the music video for “Feels Good” on the island and released it in April 2014. Director Terrence Jeffrey Santos also produced the music video for “First Avenue,” featuring a guest appearance by Prometheus Brown of renowned Seattle hip hop duo Blue Scholars. The videos reveal another artistic dimension to the band, whose reputation for remarkable live performances includes sharing the stage with legends such as The Wailers, Toots & The Maytals, and Steel Pulse, and playing sold-out shows in Seattle venues like Showbox at the Market, The Crocodile, and The Triple Door.
With a multi-cultural cast of musicians that have played and collaborated with artists ranging from Digible Planets to Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Kore Ionz brings a positive energy that feels familiar, but takes reggae, rock, and pop to astonishingly new places.
“Kore Ionz has a higher calling that involves changing lives.”
– Marian Liu, The Seattle Times
“Kore Ionz should not be missed. If not for the reggae, for a lesson in love.”
– Shantel Grace, Honolulu Weekly
Daniel Pak lead vocals, rhythm guitar
Ahkeenu Musa percussion
Teo Shantz drums
Owuor Arunga trumpet
Darian Asplund tenor saxophone, flute
Greg Kramer trombone
Masa Kobayashi bass
Max Levin keyboards