LOST GEMS: Get Hippy With Dynamic Pressure

In the interest of highlighting modern acts that were little known outside of certain circles, that issued only a few tracks or 1 “45” but were outstanding to see live and ahead of the curve, I’m kicking off a new feature to help spread the word about these “Lost Gems”.

Dynamic Pressure is one of those bands. They were a little known CA act that released just one 45 and a few compilation sides. They made a lasting impression on many people I suspect though. Ask Brian “Boom Boom” Dixon of the Aggrolites what Dynamic Pressure means to him and he’ll probably say “one of the best bands ever” or something to that effect.

They were surely ahead of the curve since they could probably be referred to as the band to first play that “dirty” or skinhead style reggae sound in California that begat the Rhythm Doctors (who will probably get a mention here soon too) and The Aggrolites.

dynamic_pressureTheir only proper release, a 7″ record with the song “Automatron” backed with “Set Me Free” was released in 1996. Both cuts are upbeat organ workouts in the classic style of Mittoo and The Upsetters.

The also released a track “Shwint’s Rock” on The West Coast Chronicles Volume One (Steady Beat Recordings) which you can still find sometimes.

Members moved to Hawaii and re-christened themselves the more world-wise and touring act Go Jimmy Go which I am sure needs no introduction to readers of this blog. The rest is history.

Check out this live video of the band doing a version of The Hippy Boys “Death Rides A Horse” which I was inspired to write about after the recent Spaghetti Western topics at my other blog Lawless Street HERE & HERE.

As an added bonus here’s Dave Hillyard & The Rocksteady 7 doing their version as well. Double video blast straight to you!

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  • http://ska4u.blogspot.com Moose

    I had the pleasure of gigging with Go Jimmy Go in Berzerkeley Skalifornia. They are a class act. As ska musician I sure do appreciate posts like this.

    The Uptones are working on our 2nd cd, btw. If that’s news to ya.
    Our first one is currently on i tunes.

    Alrighty then…
    Skank on!

    Moose- The Uptones