"The dense, heavy-gauge sound of “IV” (Roir), the fourth album by Dub Trio, could be taken as a sign that the band has shed its dub reggae obsession in favor of full-throttle instrumental metal. That would be wrong of course. The band — Dave Holmes on guitar, Stu Brooks on bass, Joe Tomino on drums — has lately been touring as the backing unit for Matisyahu, the Hasidic reggae singer, and some tunes on the album, notably “Ends Justify the Means,” adopt an idiomatic low-frequency wobble. But “Patient Zero” and “Swarm” do flirt meaningfully with thrash metal; “Control Issues Controlling Your Mind” periodically disrupts a creeping groove with bursts of distortion. Aside from the prepared-piano tinkering on a track called “1:1.618,” this album actually represents a stylistic entrenchment. The music, as dark and viscous as a tar pit, once again insists that dub is more a process than a style."
–New York Times, October 2011
–New York Times, October 2011
Dub Trio is back with their fourth and most powerful studio album to date, an overwhelming blend of sounds and styles aptly titled “Dub Trio IV.” The band – drummer Joe Tomino, bassist Stu Brooks, and guitarist D.P. Holmes – co-produced the album with engineer and “honorary fourth member” Joel Hamilton, at four different studios across New York City in a period of just seven days, a fusion of environments which provided many diverse perspectives for the record. “As with all our records, we make the music we want to make. If we are all on the same page with a concept or style, we’ll incorporate it in our sound. No idea is a bad idea,” says Tomino. IV finds the members playing multiple instruments, tweaking, turning & torturing knobs, cutting and chopping the audio itself, and shaping the compositions to create their own unique interpretation of “dub” as an art form.
“If archeologists in the future excavated Brooklyn after the next ice-age recedes, and they found Dub Trio IV, I think they would have found an artifact that well represents the general state of society today. If we didn't have this musical opportunity to vent, who knows what kind of horrible people we would be.”
In the past, Dub Trio has worked closely with Lady Gaga and Faith No More’s Mike Patton as well as 50 Cent and G-Unit, Mary J. Blige, Tupac Shakur, Yoko Ono, The Fugees, Lauryn Hill, Tom Morello (of Rage Against The Machine), Mos Def, Mobb Deep, Peeping Tom and many more. In addition, Dub Trio spent much of 2010 touring with Hasidic Reggae star Matisyahu as his backing band and sometimes opening act. This collaboration gave them the opportunity to perform at the 2010 Winter Olympics where Matisyahu’s “One Day” was chosen as the theme for the winter games. The band also made numerous public appearances with Matisyahu including television performances on The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien, The Late Show with David Letterman and Jimmy Kimmel Live. Between tour dates, the band was able to play on and to produce studio sessions with a variety of artists – including a single mix of “One Day” by Matisyahu, and Matisyahu’s version of Elton John’s “Circle Of Life” for the Disney record “Disney Reggae Club.”
The weight of Dub Trio’s power comes from their incredible musicianship, their versatility as performers and the intense scope of their creativity as Producers. Their own records are a mind-ripping sonic collage of impossibly different musical structures all working together to build something much more staggering than the sum of its parts. Their 2004 debut album for ROIR, Exploring the Dangers of testified to Dub Trio’s jaw-dropping live skills: the album was literally recorded as a live-dub experiment. While the band’s second album, New Heavy, made good on its title, creating a metallic K.O. grounded in serious low-end theory. A live album for ROIR, Cool Out And Coexist, kicked off 2007; and between session work for other artists, Dub Trio teamed with Ipecac to unleash their third studio release, Another Sound Is Dying which found Dub Trio melding their preferred styles into a newer, bigger and more cohesively original sound.
With IV the band succeeds dramatically at emphasizing the ideas, emotions, sounds, and concepts of their current musical exploration. “This record is a snapshot of where and who we are at this moment in time,” says Joe Tomino. “There are a lot of twists and turns sonically, emotionally, and stylistically on this record. Play it loud!”