Three distinct personalities functioning as one unit, Dub Trio seems capable of making all manner of sounds. The three gentlemen collectively known as Dub Trio bring noises into this world that are unique, and decidedly new and fresh.Drawing on music at large, rather than forcing a marriage of two things that were never quite divorced, the Trio brings an ecclectic and attractive take on the term "new music." Just Drums, bass, and guitar primarily, but the "job description" for each member seems to vary from track to track.Staying away from overtly cliche'd genre restrictions, Dub Trio is free to bring you to the dance floor, or to tears, or at least give you a peek at the three minds at work.
The drums function as a section, rather than as one instrument, in the hands of Joe Tomino. You will hear this section transform over the course of a record, or live show, the pulse never wavering yet morphing into drum machine-esque sounds, then suddenly, big rock drums assault. The inspired, moment to moment decisions acting as a foil to the three way cat and mouse game that the band brings nightly to the stage.
The bass is the foundation. Stu Brooks delivers low end like it was a weapon.one moment like a telephone pole, swinging towards your gut, the next moment a playful rump shaking pulse locked in with Joe and letting it roll. The bass also changes faces many times in a performance, but never loses the pocket. Amazing that "feel" is measured in milliseconds, when Stu is at the controls of a big oceanic sound.
The guitar in Dub Trio, played by DP Holmes, always seems to be the device for cueing a response in the listener. Dave makes shapes, and colors, and devices for emotional control one moment, then is careening down the highway at 120 in a rusty chevy nova the next. The medium becomes the message when the distortion kicks in. Aggressive, dreamy, liquid, solid. There is a command of the elements in the guitar section.
With this second record, "New Heavy," Dub Trio shows us a more aggressive side of life. Guest vocalist Mike Patton lends his voice to "not alone," the albums standout hit. Heavy, moody, melancholy music at its best. This is a record to be enjoyed LOUD!