Wed, 22 September 2004
Euphonic Productions presents:
Dub Is A Weapon
9:30pm, Wed, Sept 22
$8 at the door
488 Flat Shoals Avenue
Dub Is A Weapon
Dave Hahn - lead guitar, mixology (Antibalas, Easy Star All-Stars)
Larry McDonald - percussion (Gil Scott-Heron, Peter Tosh)
Buford O'Sullivan - trombone (Toasters, Easy Star All-Stars)
Ben Rogerson - rhythm guitar (Fu-Arkist-Ra)
Dave Wake - keyboards (Recycled Future)
Ras Iray - bass (Easy Star All-Stars, Meditations)
Benny Herson - drums (Skavoovie & the Epitones)
After just a short time together, Dub Is A Weapon has already been hailed as, "a sprawling supergroup that combines the spacey atmospherics of dub with the brassy big-band soul of African pop" (New York
Magazine). Their hard-hitting combination of militant beats and live dub mixing has quickly gained them a loyal following on their home turf of New York City.
Dave Hahn, who has most recently worked as dub engineer for the Easy Star All-Star's "Dub Side of the Moon" live show and as a touring guitarist with Antibalas, leads this Brooklyn-based dub coalition. Jamaican percussion legend Larry McDonald serves as the group's spiritual godfather, sharing his vocabulary of grooves gained through years of service with the likes of Gil Scott-Heron, Taj Mahal, Ernest Ranglin, and Peter Tosh.
Establishing themselves at underground Brooklyn venues such as the Afrospot Temple (the former Antibalas collective house), Dub Is A Weapon has since presented its distinct vision of dub music at New York City
hotspots such as the Knitting Factory, Joe's Pub and S.O.B.'s. While many artists now clamor to adopt the increasingly fashionable sounds of dub, Dub Is A Weapon is recognized as NYC's top-ranking dub warriors,
with "drums and bass coming so hard and dangerous you can see the competition's bloodstains" (Village Voice).
The group recently undertook its first proper tour, spending endless hours on the road in order to make debut appearances in Detroit, Milwaukee and Chicago. Critics immediately embraced the group's, "volatile package of soaring, heart-pounding rhythms," (Chicago Sun-Times), and fully recognized the group's ability to roduce,
"chassis-rattling dub beats that stretch the limits of rhythm maintenance." (Chicago Reader). The result of such amazing praise was inevitable: packed dub sessions that firmly established the group as a force to reckoned with.
A recently completed album will be the coalition's first statement on wax, a mostly instrumental recording produced by bandleader Dave Hahn. Their efforts have received advanced praise, with critics embracing
their signature, "West London-influenced steppers sound" (The Beat). Special vocal appearances by Rob Symeon (Easy Star Records) and Congo "Ashanti" Roy (The Congos) provide a dose of Rasta idealism alongside Hahn's heavyweight rhythms.
With a solid number of "irresistibly irie" (Flavorpill) performances behind them, Dub Is A Weapon has a firm foundation upon which to start spreading its gospel of dub. Fans and critics alike should prepare themselves for future sessions of rootical beats and heavy bass from a group that is truly dedicated to the preservation of live dub chemistry.
"Live & Direct: Chicago, IL" - 2004 (Dub Patrol)
"Dub Is A Weapon" - 2003 (Dub Patrol)