Dub Pistols, Concorde 2, Madeira Drive, Brighton, Friday, November 28
If these guys haven’t reinvented and reinvigorated ska, no one can.
Despite years of being at the forefront of beats culture The Dub Pistols still sounded as fresh and exciting as when they burst onto the scene back in 1996.
Their riotous blend of ska, dub, hip-hop, breakbeat, punk and drum & bass makes them a surefire festival favourite but happily the band’s unique sound translated just as well to the Concorde 2.
A strong electro /dance vibe dominated much of this extensive set on this their second last date of an extensive UK tour, and the result was an audience with more smiles than a Cheshire Cat convention.
Exactly what element it was that made you want to grin inanely throughout an evening with Dub Pistols is difficult to pin down, but the combination of brass and electro and hip hop vocals created a joyful noise indeed.
Renderings of The Stranglers’ classic Peaches and Madness’s Night Boat To Cairo whipped the crowd into a frenzy early on and there was no let up in the energy stakes for the besuited and booted fellows on stage, with favourite track Cyclone just one of a myriad of songs belted out by the crowd as well as the band.
Some true hands in the air moments, some good natured riffing with the audience and a rousing encore ensured it was the perfect Friday night gig.
This was their ninth appearance in Brighton. May there be many more.