Dub Pistols announce joint headline tour with Neville Staple from The Specials
Notorious party-rockers head out on UK tour with ska legend
There’s gonna be some serious skanking going down at all the dates of this twin-pronged ska-tinged tour. Party-rockers the Dub Pistols — who mash-up ska, punk, hip-hop, breaks, dub, drum & bass and more — are heading out for some UK dates in March with ska legend Neville Staple from The Specials.
As a slightly wayward teenager, Dub Pistols main man Barry Ashworth was heavily into multi-racial 2-Tone ska band The Specials. Never in his wildest dreams did he think that one day he would not only work with several key members of the band, but be instrumental in the reformation of The Specials in the late noughties too.
The Specials are one of the most influential bands of all time. Bursting out of Coventry in the Midlands region of England in the post-punk late seventies, their conscious ska tunes caught the imagination of disaffected British urban youth. They quickly had a top ten hit with “Gangsters’ on their own 2-Tone label, which would soon also put records out by The Selecter, Madness and The Beat. These 2-Tone bands — along with the label’s iconic logo, the skinny Walt Jabsco figure in black suit, white socks and pork pie hat — caught the imagination of the nation’s youth and 2-Tone was soon a bona fide movement.
The first Specials album in 1979 was a landmark release. Mixing up a couple of rocksteady covers of Prince Buster, Skatalites and Toots & the Maytals tunes with their own compositions, it’s still featured on many Best Albums Of All Time lists. Deadpan lyrics from skinny white vocalist Terry Hall were offset by the rudeboy toasting of Neville Staple and the animated antics of foregrounded vocalist/guitarist Lynval Golding. The whole ska-punk show was masterminded by keyboard wizard Jerry Dammers, who took the band’s sound into more of a cosmic, easy listening ‘muzak’ territory for second album, ‘More Specials’.
After their seventh consecutive top ten hit, the haunting tale of urban decay that was ‘Ghost Town’, peaked at No.1 just as the UK was engulfed by inner city riots in 1981, The Specials broke up with Terry Hall, Neville Staple and Lynval Golding going on to found hit-makers the Fun Boy Three for a few years.
Barry Ashworth, meanwhile, formed the Dub Pistols in 1996 after previously promoting parties, singing in acid house band Déjà Vu and teaching himself to DJ. At first the Dubs surfed the big beat wave with block-rockin’ tracks like ‘Cyclone’ and ‘There’s Gonna Be A Riot’, but for their broader ‘Six Million Ways To Live’ album Barry managed to recruit a certain Terry Hall — one of his all-time heroes — to guest on Dubs ska tune ‘Problem Is’.
Terry began guesting with the Dubs at live shows, and soon they started performing ‘Gangsters’ too — the first ever Specials single. Hall contributed a number of tracks to the next Dubs album, ‘Speakers & Tweeters’, and Lynval Golding also joined the Pistols on stage a few times — at Bestival and the anti-racism festival Rise in London — to play guitar and contribute vocals to ‘Gangsters’. Terry Hall is on record as saying that singing live with the Dubs in the noughties made him realise how much love there was out there for his short-lived former band, and this was instrumental in one of the biggest reunions of modern times — The Specials reforming.
Indeed, the Dub Pistols were asked to support The Specials at some of their early reunion shows, and in the summer of 2013 Neville Staple asked Barry to sing ‘Gangsters’ onstage with him at his Glastonbury show.
Mixing up drum & bass, dub, ska, punk, hip-hop and electronics, the Dub Pistols are like a 21st century version of The Specials. Their love of 2-Tone might only be one element of their sound, but their next single — the lead track off their forthcoming ‘White Lines’ album on Sunday Best — is a collaboration with Neville Staple himself. Seeing as Neville also has a new album out on Casablanca Records in March, it made perfect sense for the Neville Staple band to head out on tour with the Dub Pistols. Neville’s band performs many classic Specials tracks along with some choice ska, reggae and rocksteady standards.
This week the Dub Pistols hit the road for the last time this year, you can we free tickets to the shows in Leeds University on friday , and Manchester @ Lowdown & Dirty on Saturday see below for details
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lowdown present dub pistols – live tickets
sound control, manchester sat 30th november 2013
The mighty Dub Pistols and Barry ashworth bring their selection of punk ska electronic beats return to Sound Control for another riotous show, this will be the bands final night of their UK tour and they are promising to put on a party that no one will ever forget. The lowdown and dirty crew are personal friends of the band and the venue Sound-control is one of their favourite place to play, make sure you do not miss this one!
Date: Saturday 30th November 2013
Venue: Sound Control »
Location: Manchester »
Doors: 7:30pm til 10:30am (last entry 9:00am)
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Loosen your belts and stock up on Alka Seltzer, Christmas season is coming at us quicker than Fritz the bratwurst guzzler on a taboggan! This means our annual shindig at one of London’s swankiest venues, Somerset House, is nearly upon us.
With the best ice rink the capital has to offer, a classic wintery setting that could rival even Mayrhofen’s chocolate box cuteness and mulled wine that will blow your ear muffs off, there really isn’t a better Chrimbo experience available. To cap it off, we’ve rounded up a gaggle of Snowbombing legends of past and present to dust off their favourite seasonal records and bring a slice of Snowbombing to Skate.
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Dub Pistols frontman, Snowbombing veteran and all round magical elf Barry Ashworth is set to bring the Dub Pistols Soundsystem for a set of seasonal dub and jungle classics (apparently he has a ska version of Jingle Bells) whilst we’ll be the edging the mistletoe over the pretty head of disco diva Sophie Lloyd, who’s seen more Snowbombing’s then Wolfgang the 79 year old Penken lift operator. Chuck in fellow disco elf Guy Williams of Studio 45 fame and we have the makings of a Christmassy carnival of funk drenched fun to accompany your graceful glidings across the deck (or more likely, you’re clumsy crashes into the walls).
Seeing as it’s the season of goodwill and we’ve gathered a collection of heritage heroes of the ‘hoff, we’re urging all ‘bombers from down the ages to get a ticket before it’s too late and join in with the seasonal goodwill down at ye old Somerset House. Fancy Dress won’t be frowned on (this is Snowbombing after all), we think long gloves, mink ear muffs and fur coats are the order of the day!
So let’s link up on the 11th for a Yuletide yarn with tales of great Alpine anecdotes and lashings of Mulled Wine…good will to all ‘bombers!
Dub Pistols have teamed up with Sturban Clothing and recorded a brand new Jungle DJ mix for you to listen to and a chance to win a Dub Pistols “royal crest” t-shirt
It’s good to have friends in high places and this new podcast and giveaway comes with love from none other thanBarry Ashworth of the Dub Pistols who has put together a little 30 min Drum and Bass podcast especially for Sturban and all our friends and if that wasn’t enough there’s a few little gifts from the boys for share and caring.
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Dub Pistols have been confirmed on the line up for Snowbombing 2014
SNOWBOMBING IS A FESTIVAL FILLED WITH FRESH AIR, BLUE SKIES BLACK RUNS & WHITE-HOT PARTIES…
A week-long whirlwind of world class DJs and bands, in the idyllic alpine setting of Mayrhofen, Austria. Days are spent skiing/boarding, enjoying music on mountain -top stages or relaxing in the spa of a 4* hotel. Nights deliver cutting edge performances from world-class acts in unique venues; from a sky high igloo, to an enchanted forest clearing. Now in its fifteenth year, Snowbombing is regarded by many as, “The Greatest Show on Snow”. Mystical. Musical. Without equal.
Artists confirmed include, The Prodigy, The Chemical Brothers dj show,Rudimental, Carl Cox, Chase & Status, dub Pistols and many many more
For full info go to http://www.snowbombing.com
This Saturday 2nd November Dub Pistols return to Southampton for the most intimate date on their “White Lines” Tour @The Joiners Tickets are £13 in advance http://www.joinerslive.co.uk/product.php?xProd=2108&xSec=1 or £15 on the door, support will come from the awesome Ben & Lex