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Relentless7: Live Pictures @ Spaceland

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Relentless7: White Lies for Dark Times

On October 29th at the Chevrolet Center in Ohio — where he joined the Beastie Boys on the Swing State Voter Awareness Tour — Ben Harper debuted a whole new band.

“It’s called Relentless7,” Ben exclusively tells the S.S. “It’s just a name that has been kicking around in my consciousness. I always said that if I got another band together, I’m gonna call them Relentless7.”
In Ohio, the four-piece — with guitarist Jason Mozersky, drummer Jordan Richardson and bassist Jesse Ingalls — debuted new songs like “Fly One Time,” “The Word Suicide” and “Lay There and Hate Me”  that will eventually appear on their debut album, White Lies for Dark Times (due next May).
From the Village Studios in Santa Monica, CA — where he’s currently mixing the album — Harper reports that the band’s story dates back more than ten years. On August 22, 1998, Harper was in the middle of the HORDE Tour, on his way to a gig in Austin. “The guy driving the van on the way to the gig said, ‘Hey Ben, do you mind if I play you my band’s demo,” he says. “But when you’re about to hit the stage, you either want to hear no music, or music you choose, so I was like, ‘Y’know, man, I don’t mean to offend you…”
Then Ben felt bad. He told the driver, the singer from a band called Wan Santo Condo, to go ahead and play the demo.
“The guy put in the demo and I was plastered to the back of the van,” says Harper. “It was so good.”
Harper scored the band a record deal, and remained extremely tight with their guitarist, Jason Mozersky.
Fast forward to 2005. While Harper was recording his double-disc, Both Sides of the Gun, he invited Mozersky to lay down a guitar part on “Please Don’t Talk About Murder While I’m Eating.” Mozersky told Harper about a couple of his old musician buddies from Austin, who had recently relocated to Los Angeles with their band, Oliver Future. “He was talkin’ up his boys and I was like, ‘I’ll take your word on it,'” says Harper. “Per his description of these cats, I had the right song for them.” The next day Mozersky returned with Richardson and Ingalls, and together they laid down “Serve Your Soul.” “In that moment I knew I’d be hooking back up with these guy at some point,” he says. “And we did it.
“It’s absolute, unapologetic rock music,” says Harper. “It’s rock music from the places that you want rock to be from. There’s some Queen in there, and some Floyd-isms, and there’s a good dose of Blues and Soul.”
Relentless7 are gearing up for some lo-pro club shows in L.A. and New York in December, perhaps at tiny places like the Mint, or the Mercury Lounge.
The million dollar question is what happens to the Innocent Criminals, Harper’s backing band?
“Dude, I’ve been with the Innocent Criminals a long time, and I’ll always be with the Innocent Criminals,” he says. “And everything I do now helps further what I do with them. But for the moment, it’s just time to do something else.”


Next Relentless7’s tour dates:

Dec 3 2008 – Belly Up Tavern – Solana Beach, CA – 21+ TIX | WEB

Dec 4 2008 – Spaceland – Los Angeles, CA – 21+ TIX | WEB

Dec 5 2008 – The Mint – Los Angeles, CA – 21+ TIX | WEB

Dec 7 2008 – The Catalyst – Santa Cruz, CA – A/A TIX | WEB

Dec 8 2008 – The Independent – San Francisco, CA – 21+ TIX | WEB

Relentless7: Good Times Bad Times

Listen to a new song recorded by Ben Harper and his band Relentless7.

Title: Good Times Bad Times (Play now)

Good Times Bad Times is a song written by Led Zeppelin from the album Led Zeppelin. This song was the first LP produced by the band, the 10th of march 1969, with B-side Communication Breakdown. This song was 80th in the US charts.

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Relentless7 logo: © 2008 Inland Emperor, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Ben Harper & his new band: Relentless7

Ben Harper and his wife Laura Dern were, the 25th october in the University of Boulder, Colorado,to say it’s very very important to vote for change.

Ben played 3 songs with his Martin acoustic guitar. Just befor the first song, he anouncedJ, he finished at 5pm to record a new album with his “new backing band” The Relentless Seven“.

You can listen to this Live performance with the Radio


1. Laura Introduces Ben (download)

2. Up To You Now (download)

3. Gather ‘Round The Stone (download)

4. Better Way (download)

if you check the credits of Welcome To The Cruel World, you can see “Relentless Seven” named! Recently, the members  played on Both Sides Of The Gun, for the song “Serve Your Soul”. They are, old Ben Harper friends…

Band “Relentless Seven” :

Vocals, Guitars Ben Harper

Bass, Keys Jesse Ingalls

Lead Guitars Jason Mozersky

Drums Jordan Richardson

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