B i o g r a p h y
The Medicine Box is the epitome of roots music emblazoned with lyrics of healing, love, and consciousness. Miami, Florida knows a thing or two about variety and this band revels in it, with styles spanning various sub-genres, mostly stemming from reggae with a latin flavor. Cultural backgrounds include a percussion and drum section of Cuban heritage comprising Oba Frank Lords and Eddy De La Cruz, Brazilian bassist Brik Vieira, Colombian guitarist/vocalist Chris Orange, and Venezuelan cuatro player Te Uno, whom also takes on lead vocals. English and Spanish are both primary languages of The Medicine Box, with Italian and Portuguese occasionally adding even more variety to their lyrical repertoire.
These styles are all showcased sequentially in their debut album: Somos (2014), a project that also highlights the diverse spiritual influences behind The Medicine Box both sonically and lyrically. The entire album is rich with Santana-esque guitar leads and a wide array of afro-caribbean percussion. Dame la Luz shows an edgy, more aggressive side of the band while tracks like Pa' Ti and Leave a Message have fun-loving instrumentals contrasted by the irony of stories about mending heart wounds. Tracks like Voy Subiendo and Tierra Firme are the band's best instrumental examples of their latin folk influences and a lyrical example of their poetic reverence toward the forces of nature. Meanwhile, T. One World and their cover of John Lennon's Imagine speak on a more political level with optimism about world issues, unity, and oneness.