January 31, 2013

Time on their side

BURLINGTON — Time is not counted from daylight but from the witching hour.

So, almost, goes the tagline of Midnite, a St. Croix roots-reggae band that thumps the Queen City from its midwinter slumbers Monday night at Club Metronome. Special guest is DJ Big Dog.

Midnite — brothers Vaughn (lead vocals) and Ron Benjamin (vocals/keys/bass), Christian Molina (drums), Edmund Fieulleteau (guitar), Edwin Byron (guitar) and Ras L (keys) — lyrically and rhythmically deconstruct 21st-century Babylon at the altar of Jah Rastafari.

The Benjamins are the sons of a professional musician in their native Virgin Islands.

“One of the important things I know from my youth days, he (father) would say, ‘Go on stage, don’t pretend to be anyone else. Just be yourself,’” Vaughn said. “That’s your real truth. It’s very important to be your real truth so you don’t attract energies that are different from your real truth. The laws of magnetism, karmic lives, are involved also.”

Vaughn is a seeker of truth among the laws of nature.

“You come to the true realization … understand more your place and responsibility and obligation and such to posterity and legacy and future and so forth; life isn’t just one present tense.”

Vaughn, astrologically lion-hearted, is the youngest of four children. He’s proud to play with his own flesh and blood.

“My brother plays in the band. He guides me, adjusts the fine tuning of our sound. He’s a player of multiple instruments. We’re together in the band. Jah’s being good to us,” he said.

The band is at work on a new CD project.

“Melody and lyrics, I make together. When I go to studio, I don’t go with a song whatsoever, with no music. We make the music right on the spot. That’s how the albums are being made. Of course, sometimes I can feel the vibration, I will answer. Everything is by vibrations, by true-ness, the feeling,” he said.

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