Dubmarine chart unique sonic course
DANCEHALL, reggae and highenergy dub stars Dubmarine are firing on all cylinders as they embark on a national tour to show off tracks from their masterful new album, old favourites and brand-new material.
Lead by enigmatic indigenous star and Gangulu man D-Kazman, the eightpiece Brisbane band was nominated for best new talent and best film clip (for Beat In Control) at the recent National Indigenous Music Awards.
Renowned for their brew of dub, dancehall, reggae and drum ’n’ bass– topped off with some wicked brass – Dubmarine have distilled their influences and captured their magic on new album Laser Sound Beam, out through Sugar Rush Records.
D-Kazman says Dubmarine enjoy a strength in their number, with consensus surprisingly easy to reach.
‘‘Generally everyone’s ears are equalised,’’ he says.
‘‘It’s weird. We just trust each other. We’ve gone through all these stages of trying to work out what it is we’re doing and always had this sense of really listening to each other. We acknowledge each other’s perception or input into it.
‘‘The overall vibe is what we’re attached to.’’
That overall vibe is crystalised on the lushly produced new album.
Powered by lyrics with a point, D-Kazman adopts a three-part approach to songwriting.
‘‘Generally what I do lyrically is have a three-part process – the problem, where the problem comes from and then the solution. It’s a quick formula I use in writing and I’ve always had it.
‘‘Every song that I write lyrically is based on a concept or situation in the world that needs to be brought up but you can’t be boring people with your political views or spiritual standpoint.
‘‘I don’t want to depress people. I want to give them or myself optimism. There’s no problem out there that can’t be fixed.’’
D-Kazman says Dubmarine took their sweet time (‘‘a year and a half’’) to make Laser Sound Beam – and make sure they were happy with it.
‘‘We’re used to things taking time. Whenever you do it in a short amount of time it never is the level you want it at,’’ he says.
‘‘What happens is we just say, listen to it in different stereos. We listen to it in little stereos or a phat one, trying to get a taste or vibe of what it will be like on radio. We put it in the mix with other tunes, listening to see how it feels with the rest of them.
‘‘Of course, we’re biased about it – you can’t help but be inside of the music when you listen to it.
‘‘We’ll put it down for a month and come back with fresh ears.’’
Laser Sound Beam follows Dubmarine’s acclaimed 2010 debut, Depth of Sound, which earned them fans around the globe and a reputation for fabled live shows at festivals including Byron Bluesfest, WOMADelaide, Woodford, Good Vibrations, Parklife, Island Vibe and Reggaetown.
Fans can look forward to something old, something current and something brand-spanking new when the band plays the recently reopened Soundlounge tomorrow night.
‘‘Our drummer, Jo Alexander, is a massive genius when it comes to lighting musically. He’s come along and taken a few of the older songs and remixed them and reshaped them a bit to sound like today,’’ D-Kazman says.
‘‘We’ve written a heap of new songs and put it all together and then in between there are segues . . . so there’s a continuous flow of sound.
‘‘The set itself – we don’t worry about a build up of energy. From the top, we just smash it out and get as much music and sound out there as we can.’’
– SUZANNE SIMONOT
Dubmarine and CC The Cat play The Soundlounge tomorrow night. Dubmarine also play the Boomerang Festival, at Tyagarah Tea Tree farm, from October 4-6.
Brisbane band Dubmarine bring tunes from their new album to Soundlounge