Dub Pistols (UK) + Gaudi (UK) at Blue Frog, Mumbai

  • Date / Time: 02/07/2014 : 10:30 PM
  • Location: The Blue Frog
  • Address: The Blue Frog, Mathuradas Mills compound,Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel West,Mumbai,Maharashtra,India
  • Entry: Rs. 800 or Rs. 2000 full cover post 6.30pm
  • Organizer: The Blue Frog
  • Phone: (+)91-22-61586158, (+)91-22-65251716, (+)91-22-65251718
  • Email: info@bluefrog.co.in, reservations@bluefrog.co.in

Opening Act: BBC

Dub Pistols
Festival favourites and party-rockers, the Dub Pistols – led by main man Barry Ashworth – are a national treasure. The London-based ska-dub-punk-hoppers have been active for 15 years, causing dancefloor uproar wherever they go.

The Dub Pistols formed in the mid-90s out of the chaos and energy erupting from the Heavenly Social-spawned big beat scene. Barry Ashworth had been in indie-dance outfit Deja Vu, who scored with their cover of the Woodentops’ ‘Why Why Why’, and initially hooked up with Jason O’Bryan who was half of Wall Of Sound duo Ceasefire with noted reprobate Derek Dahlarge.

The pair appreciated the vast musical earthquakes going back to the late 50s when ska was born, determined to mirror their wildly-diverse tastes in similar fashion to heroes like The Clash and Specials, who spectacularly broke out of punk’s confines to embrace other musical forms like reggae.

The first Dub Pistols singles appeared and were roof-raising outings like ‘…Riot’, ‘Cyclone’ and ‘Westway’. Soon their live shows were turning into much more than decks, DATs and the odd cheerleader. A full Dub Pistols live band booted off, swiftly blowing up in the US. 1998’s debut album, ‘Point Blank’, helped, hoisting Barry and Jason into remix work which included Moby, Ian Brown and Crystal Method [most recently Lily Allen] plus video games and soundtrack work, including a track for Blade 2 with Busta Rhymes.

Second album, ‘Six Million Ways To Live’, stomped on any remaining big beat associations as former Specials singer Terry Hall repaid the endless homaging by appearing on the ‘Problem Is’ single, dubbed “the best Specials ska single the Specials never wrote”.

The album marked the beginning of a fruitful relationship with Rob Da Bank’s label Sunday Best. “Signing with them was the best thing we’ve ever done,” grins Barry. Job done, they then took a different tack on ‘Rum & Coke’, their most chart-friendly album to date.

The Dub Pistols have played a hectic string of live festival dates during the  summer of 2012 to promote ‘Worshiping The Dollar’ and after the winter recording their new album White Lines are smashing it at festivals in the UK and Europe.

Gaudi’s innovative approach to live performance and versatility as a producer has kept him at the forefront of his field throughout a notable and prolific career. His music is stylistically hard to pin down as he is an artist in constant evolution.

His musical exploration, over the last 30 years in the industry, has however seen him foray into punk, new wave, dub and reggae, world, experimental electronica and ‘stuff that rocks dancefloors’.. he has however got deep roots, which run like a vein throughout his music, and they are in the big basslines and spacious soundscapes of dub and the anarchic sonic potential of the world of electronic music… where anything’s possible.

He’s a full time internationally touring solo artist, a studio producer in demand and a respected musical innovator. He’s had chart hits, gold discs and awards and nominations for his work; he has released 12 solo albums, has more than 250 productions and 90 remixes to his name and his tracks feature on more than 120 compilations… There is however no resting on laurels for this London-based, international bass man.