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The Routine Premiere New Song, "Black Tropics"

Today, GuitarWorld.com presents the exclusive premiere of "Black Tropics," a new song by San Diego rock 'n’ soul band the Routine.

It's the title track from the band's new EP, which will be released February 26.

“Afro-centric, fresh and uplifting, 'Black Tropics' is a bright spot on our new EP, weaving American soul with African rhythm and tones," says the Routine guitarist Russell Ramo. "The song was built around my triplet-driven slap guitar riff over the E major pentatonic scale. Lyrically it is a social commentary on the struggle for free space to find one’s own identity."

The Routine defy categorization. While the band's first EP, Welcome, showed more of their rock side, Black Tropics boasts a funkier vibe while maintaining that rock influence. The result is a dynamic range of sound, taking the listener on a journey across the world, along the equator. A sonic melting pot of electric blues, soul and world styling, they're not simply a band—and they're anything but “routine.”

The EP was produced by Grammy winner Alan Sanderson (Rolling Stones, Elton John, Switchfoot).

For more information, visit theroutineband.com.

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Damian Fanelli
Editor-in-Chief, Guitar World

Damian is Editor-in-Chief of Guitar World magazine. In past lives, he was GW’s managing editor and online managing editor. He's written liner notes for major-label releases, including Stevie Ray Vaughan's 'The Complete Epic Recordings Collection' (Sony Legacy) and has interviewed everyone from Yngwie Malmsteen to Kevin Bacon (with a few memorable Eric Clapton chats thrown into the mix). Damian, a former member of Brooklyn's The Gas House Gorillas (opens in new tab), was the sole guitarist in Mister Neutron (opens in new tab), a trio that toured the U.S. and released three albums (opens in new tab). He now plays in two NYC-area bands.