The Leeds born dub band Gentleman’s Dub Club formed back in 2006 and has just released their fourth LP The Big Smoke. Having remained in the British Reggae Charts for months with their older LPs, this new album had been highly anticipated and has succeeded in spreading their music further, with a number of tour dates now on the cards for the coming months.
Leeds has always been a hotbed for new music, with Gentleman’s Dub Club (GDC) being one of the hottest exports from the city in recent years. Made up of nine individuals compromising drums, percussion, sax, trumpet, guitarist, bassist, keys and a soundman doing live effects and mixing, the bands settles between the genres of dub, roots reggae and Ska, GDC had a flurry of festival appearances last year which cemented the foundations for their rise to fame over the past couple of years.
Influenced heavily by a number of sound systems including Leeds’ own Iration Steppas who started the SubDub parties, as well as Aba Shanti-I and Jah Tubby, but also legendary artists including The Wailers, Bob Marley and Peter Tosh, you will find heavy bass littered with short snappy hooks from the brass and guitars, all along with vocals that provoke a bit of a sing a long.
Throughout February and March, GDC will be playing up and down the country with dedicated gigs in Brighton, London and Sheffield, but also with an appearance for David Rodigan’s Ram Jam tour.
12th Feb - SWX Bristol, Bristol
19th Feb – David Rodigan’s Ram Jam, The Rainbow Venues, Birmingham
27th Feb – Concorde 2, Brighton
10th Mar – KOKO, London
11th Mar – O2 Academy 2, Sheffield
Words by Josh Plews
Photos courtesy of Modify Music