Tropidelic is a six-piece band from Cleveland, Ohio, with the band’s individual members repping truly diverse musical tastes ranging from hip-hop, metal, funk, reggae, and more. While these genres may seem at odds to some, collectively, the group is tight, offering an eclectic and compelling sound that fuses these disparate elements into one cohesive sound. Underlying it all is Tropidelic’s desire to keep things fresh and original while still maintaining the freedom that comes from remaining grounded and keeping things fun. Led by charismatic frontman and vocalist Matthew Roads, the band—also composed of James Begin (trombone/vox), Bobby Chronic (guitar), Darrick Willis (drums), Pags (bass), and Derek McBryde (trumpet)—has become known for its sincere vocals, powerful horns, and their high-energy live shows that leave attendees grinning from ear to ear.
On Friday, November 10th, Tropidelic will release a brand new album titled Heavy Is The Head via Law Records. “A lot of our songs are upbeat and funky,” said lead singer Matthew Roads about the new album. “It’s very eclectic, which is what all of our albums have been, but this one even more so. We combined our efforts more than we ever have in the past for this record. The album features songs written by several members. We did more refining and filtering on this record than on any other in the past.” When asked, what’s the story behind the album’s title Heavy Is The Head, Roads says, “The title is a direct reflection of the sacrifices, struggle and pain endured en route to the top, or when you reach the top of whatever it is you’re after.”
Ahead of Friday’s release of Heavy Is The Head, Live For Live Music is proud to premiere a stream of Tropidelic’s new album ahead of its official release. You can take a listen for yourself below.
Tropidelic has also earned a name for itself as one of the hardest working bands in the business, consistently touring across the country and having shared the stage and supported acts like Slightly Stoopid, 311, The Dirty Heads, Pepper, and The Wailers. Over time, the band has also picked up a number of high-profile festival gigs, playing festivals such as Electric Forest, Werk Out, Surrounded By The Sound, Night Lights, and more. To catch the group live, check out their tour dates below or on Tropidelic’s website.
Tropidelic Upcoming Tour Dates
NOV 10 The Mousetrap Indianapolis, IN
NOV 11 Lamasco Bar and Grill- Evansville, IN
NOV 17 Mohawk Place- Buffalo, NY
DEC 08 Clazel Entertainment- Bowling Green, OH
DEC 09 The Livery Microbrewery- Benton Harbor, MI
DEC 30 Rex Theater Pittsburgh, PA
DEC 31 The Grog Shop Cleveland, OH
FEB 07 Tellus 360- Lancaster, PA (w/ Badfish)
FEB 10 Newport Music Hall- Columbus, OH (w/ Badfish)
FEB 13 City Winery Nashville- Nashville, TN (w/ Badfish)
FEB 14 Mercury Ballroom- Louisville, KY (w/ Badfish)
FEB 15 Bogarts- Cincinnati, OH (w/ Badfish)
FEB 16 Pops Nightclub- Sauget, IL (w/ Badfish)
FEB 17 Concord Music Hall- Chicago, IL (w/ Badfish)
FEB 18 The Intersection- Grand Rapids, MI (w/ Badfish)