007 is the brainchild of Jeffrey "the Houseman" Clemens (drummer for G,Love and Special Sauce), who found one musical stone unturned on the vibrant music scene in his adopted hometown of New Orleans, Louisiana. Knowing that rocksteady is an essential era for fans of Jamaican music, Clemens assembled a band of outstanding local musicians dedicated to celebrating this treasured sliver of 1960s pop music. Emerging in the mid-60s, rocksteady is, in simple terms, ska at half speed, minus the horns, with a prominent bass line. It's the mellow precursor to Bob Marley-style forthright reggae, and its simple vocal harmonies spout lyrics about good times, romance, and the politics of freedom. In spite of their collective affinity for the Jamaican tradition, the band members come from a variety of musical backgrounds. With Clemens singing and anchoring the beat, guitarists Alex McMurray and Jonathan Freilich make up the front line. McMurray is best know as front man for popular New Orleans rock band Royal Fingerbowl. Freilich, a local avant-garde jazz mogul, plays with the New Orleans Klezmer Allstars. The lineup is rounded out by bassist Joe Cabral, who is best known as saxophonist for Tex-Mex outfit the Iguanas.