Dubmarine chart unique sonic course

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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.’’


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

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