For the Originalites, total world domination is the only cure for their need to entertain.
For the majority of this foursome of guys, all in their mid-20s, music is the priority and something they've done together since high school.
And they all have as much passion for surfing and skateboarding as they do for music.
The band is made up of Peter Fontes on drums, Tim Frankeny on bass, Daniel Tello on guitar and vocals, and Michael Belk on sax and vocals.
The Originalites will bring their mix of ska, reggae and hardcore punk rock to the Tri-Cities on May 18 at The Roxy Wine Bar in downtown Kennewick.
Fontes said there's a cosmic ripple effect that feeds the band's purpose.
"Our destiny is to travel through intergalactic space and time in order to cure, heal and enlighten the souls of the universe via stupendous harmonious vibrations," he told the Herald in a phone interview. "It's really a joyous lifestyle."
The band took its name from its determination to create only original music and a dedication to keep their songs as spiritual as they are packed with reality, Fontes said.
"It's a battle sometimes to find the time to write, but we all do it," he said. "Touring gives us time to write on the bus."
But when they're not touring, the guys like to hit the waves off the southern California coast, where they grew up.
For Fontes, music and surfing smacked him in the face when he was about a year old, he said.
"I remembering watching Sesame Street on television and suddenly the song Wipe Out starting playing," Fontes said. "I got hooked on music and surfing right then."
Doors open at The Roxy at 8 p.m. Music starts at 9:30 p.m. Cover is $10.
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