Old friends Nick Garbett, Jeremy Rose, Al Hicks and Matt Smith grew up in the Illawarra, and spent time maturing in places as far away as New York City, Japan, the UK, Norway and Senegal in West Africa. Reunited in 2008, they began writing new music inspired by their travels and musical experiences, and expanded to a 10-piece ensemble. With a calling card of powerfully melodic horns, heavy rhythms, infectious bass lines, and the easy musings of Reggae master Ras Roni, from Barbados via London, and Fijian MC LTL Gzeus (Little Jesus), The Strides faithfully channel the sounds of Bob and Damien Marley, Fela Kuti, Tony Allen, Barrington Levy and Mos Def. With the release of their self-titled debut album in 2009, The Strides have taken their magnetic stage presence, dubbed out beats, and hypnotic rhythms to the Bellingen Global Carnival, the 2010 Darling Harbour Jazz & Blues Festival and Peats Ridge where they have established themselves as festival favorites. 2010 sees them continue to build on their impressive touring reputation having repeatedly sold out shows from Sydney to Byron Bay and back. Follow up album "Reclamation" is scheduled for release on Record Kicks on November 14th 2011 and is sure to have you losing yourself in the blissed-out grooves, pulsing World beats and smooth dub sounds of The Strides.