Reggae rock band kicks off Eagle Outside Fest on Friday |

Reggae rock band kicks off Eagle Outside Fest on Friday

Melanie Wong
The Movement kicks off their summer tour and recording sessions with a getaway to Eagle as the headliners for the Bonfire Block Party.
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Who: The Movement, with openers The Altitones and Fox Street

What: At the Bonfire Block Party kicking off the Eagle Outside Festival.

Where: Bonfire Brewing Company, Eagle.

When: Friday, music starts at 4 p.m., with The Movement at 8:30 p.m.

Cost: Free entry, drinks and food for sale.

More information:" target="_blank">Bold"> . Turtle Bus & Turtle Tubing will offer a specially-priced round trip from Vail, West Vail, Avon and Edwards to Eagle as part of the Bonfire Block Party. Reservations are required by 3 p.m. on Friday by calling 970-471-0547 or emailing Cost is $20 per person.

Turtle Bus Schedule, Friday:

Depart Vail Transportation Center: 5:30 p.m.

Stop #1: Ale House, West Vail

Stop #2: Loaded Joe’s, Avon

Stop #3: Woody’s Bar & Grill, Edwards

Departure from Eagle is slated for 10:15 p.m.

It has been a long, long road for The trio of reggae rockers known as The Movement. As frontman Joshua Swain, who sings vocals and plays guitar, will tell you, it was by no means an easy journey, but now The Movement seems to be the better for all its ups and downs. The band’s latest single, “The Rescue,” is a catchy, easy-going, positive tune about allowing music, friends and passion to pull you out of dark times, and Swain feels the song really describes the path he’s taken.

Listeners at the upcoming Bonfire Block Party, which helps kick off the Eagle Outside Festival, might not catch the deeper story behind the music, but they’re likely to be swaying to the easy beats or dancing to the reggae rhythms with a tasty craft beer in hand.

In 2004, a trio of Sublime and Pixies fans, Swain, Jordan Miller and John Ruff, launched The Movement with their alternative reggae debut album, “On Your Feet.” The band eventually became its current makeup of Swain, Jason Schmidt and Gary Jackson. Swain spent some tumultuous times away from the band after getting burned out on traveling and the tour lifestyle, but a few years ago, he made his way back, and The Movement has been on an upward swing ever since, with plans to record a new album this summer.

Swain chatted with the Vail Daily from his home in South Carolina about the ups and downs of the reggae lifestyle and how The Movement got its groove back.

Vail Daily: How would you describe your music? What kind of performance can folks expect in Eagle?

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Joshua Swain: I think we have a lot of energy. Our bassist is always kind of soulfully dancing. It’s super happy and bouncy. It’s aggressive reggae, but not in an angry way. It just has an intense energy of good vibes. Some songs are kind of dancey and others you almost want to go down and mosh. However people choose to enjoy the music, we really just want people to have a good time.

VD: What made you come back to the band after a few years away?

JS: In 2012, I moved out to Denver for a year and half and quit the band. I told them to keep going, and I was going to wash my hands of it. I was pretty lost during that time. I had all this stuff going on, including trouble with the law — I was just really messed up as an individual and burned out. I was basically just being a loser. I didn’t have any idea what I was doing. I do think that I was still a musician at heart, but that time was a straight loss.

I moved back to South Carolina, and during that time, one of the band members quit, and they called me to fill in for a couple shows. We ended up going out to California and recording an album and starting again at square one.

VD: Where would you say the band is headed now, and how has The Movement grown since those early days?

JS: For me it’s definitely better than it’s ever been. We have a long way to go — we’re a three piece right now, and I think we could add another layer of sound. We’ve also never put out an album that really captured us, so we hope to do that this summer. We’re all different people now, too, taking life and this career more seriously. The huge thing is really just our attitude as musicians — we had so many years of being crazy mess-ups and addicts and being pretty insane people. We realize now we have to be different for our careers to be different.

VD: Tell us about your newest single, “The Rescue.”

JS: A lot of our songs have a duality. They mean something but also mean something else. This song came out as a stream of consciousness. It’s about what I was really looking for in music. It was about me being lost and the band coming to my rescue … from not being in the band. It’s also about addiction and about how friends have helped through a hard time. It’s about me being powerless and how outside factors came to help me out of what I was going through.

Assistant Managing Editor Melanie Wong can be reached at 970-748-2927 and Follow her on Twitter @mwongvail.

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