Knocking Roots

“I want to continue to grow the band and the brand and take in to the next level,” says Sensi Trails frontman Kyle Rising.

Williamsburg, Virginia native Kyle Rising believes that “things come full circle.”

He says his parents have always joked that he was conceived in the Outer Banks of North Carolina, which was the element that unconsciously drew him back there when he was around 18 years old. He lived for several years in a seasonal beach town, started the reggae band Sensi Trails and kicked off his musical journey.

Then a couple of years ago, Rising decided to relocate from the pristine North Carolina shore after the group disbanded. He packed up his van with all his belongings and drove west, where he settled in San Diego. It was a completely foreign place, devoid of any memories.

“I didn’t really know anybody in [San Diego], but just went for it,” Rising says. “When I first got out here I was stressed out with a lot of doubt that it would work out.”

But he didn’t give up. A few months after relocating, Rising (guitar and vocals) found Kaya Hall (bass) and Jordan Starke (drums) online. Rising used bandmix.com, a site dedicated to hooking up musicians with bands, and kicked off a new and improved iteration of Sensi Trails.

“It turned out that we get along super well,” Rising says. “It feels like it was meant to be – now we’re just cruising.”

Sensi Trails is loaded with dreadlock spirit that fuels Cali Roots regulars like Tribal Seeds and Dirty Heads.

“Just Livin’” (featuring KBong) is the new incarnation of Sensi Trails’ first single and the title track of their debut full-length record, which Rising hopes to release this upcoming summer. The tune is propelled by a straight reggae rhythm juiced to the max with positive vibes.

Rising penned the song during a transitional point in his life.

“It was right before I moved to [San Diego],” he says. “The band was struggling and not really getting along, I’d just split up with a girl and I was living couch to couch. I said, ‘You know what? I’m just living.’” Rising knew what he wanted his life to be, he just didn’t know how he was supposed to get to that place.

“Paying my dues and learning my lesson, this life is such a blessing,” Rising croons.

One of the most important lessons Rising’s learned so far: “Be kind to everyone.” And with that, success has followed.

“I’m super grateful for everything that’s happened,” he says. “It’s been amazing. I want to ride this wave as long as possible.”

SENSI TRAILS 9pm Friday, May 3. The Jade Lounge, 2110 Fremont St., Monterey. No cover. 324-4261, thejadelounge.com

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