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Ehh, brah: Reggae rockers The Supervillains coming

The reggae party boys of The Supervillains like their music a little dirty.

They blend a little rock and a bit of punk into a reggae beat for a muddy ultimate "Ehh Brah" party, front man Dom Maresco said in a recent interview.

That "ehh, brah" (or eh, bro) is a familiar greeting used throughout the world of reggae music.

The Supervillains will bring their latest national tour, called Ehh Brah, Party, to the Tri-Cities on Nov. 5 for a wailing night of music and dance at Ray's Golden Lion in Richland. Showtime is 9 p.m.

Also appearing with Supervillains will be Ballyhoo.

"This tour sort of celebrates a new beginning for us," Maresco said. "We have a new producer and we're seriously thinking about releasing our new record ourselves instead of using a record company."

To celebrate this new beginning, the band from Orlando, Fla., plans to perform some of its new material off the soon-to-be released self-titled album.

"We've come a long way from our days when we first started out in this business," Maresco added. "Our sound is better, our songwriting is better, we're just better."

Maresco, who does lead vocals and is the drummer, writes many of Supervillains' songs, some of which have been described as infused with humorously edgy lyrics.

Maresco finds that term a bit funny, but doesn't disagree.

"I'll admit I like to say things (to the audience) just to see their reaction," he said. "And some people might not think that's cool. But it still works."

That edgy side of Maresco doesn't include being a sexist or homophobe, however.

"I have to laugh when people ask me that because it's so absurd," he said. "I was raised by good parents who taught me about accepting all lifestyles without judgment. But I'll joke about it sometimes."

Supervillains' style is all about being reggae happy, even if it's a sad song.

"I've been told many times that I can write a sad song and make it sound happy," Maresco said. "I like that."

The rest of the band includes guitarist Scott "Skart" Suldo, sax man Jonathan "Smally" Cestero and bassist Dan Grundorf.

So if you're looking for a night of musical fun with a recipe that includes one part ska, two parts reggae and a splash of punk rock tossed in, then Maresco says come on down to Ray's.

"We like to have as much fun as our fans do when we play," he said. "So come and dance, drink, party and have a good time with the night."

*Dori O'Neal: 582-1514; doneal@tricityherald.com

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