It's been four years since groundbreaking reggae band John Brown's Body last put out a record, 2008's Amplify, which debuted at number one on Billboard's Reggae Chart. The wait for new music is over, as the octet will release an EP of mostly instrumental dub, JBB In Dub, on September 18th. Two days later the band kicks off their fall U.S. tour at One Pelham East in Newport, RI. The four-week tour will span the Northeast, the West Coast, and Colorado.
Once again working with their longtime label Easy Star Records, John Brown's Body has focused this latest release on dubs that reflect both their foundations in classic reggae drum and bass-style music and their usual progressive approaches to the genre. JBB In Dub features six dubs, plus "The Grass," featuring vocals from front man Elliot Martin. The songs were mixed in Boston by former JBB engineer and current 10 Ft. Ganja Plant member Craig "Dub Fader" Welsch (State Radio, The Aggrolites) at his studio.
The band has posted the song "Wellington" for free download on their Facebook page, so fans can get a taste of the new music.
Quote from drummer Tommy Benedetti:
"This will be the first time we have brought some of the heavy dub explorations of our live show into a studio setting. We put together a set of brand new songs, classic JBB dubs that have never been recorded, and a new version of our fan-favorite "The Grass." After seven full-length albums, this EP represents a unique sound for us, and we can't wait for people to dig into it!"
When it was released, Amplify was praised by All Music Guide as having "some of the most gorgeous melodies in all of modern reggae music." It was followed by a remix EP, Re-Amplify (2009), while the band continued their usual heavy touring schedule. In the past four years, JBB completed first-ever tours of New Zealand, the UK, and Europe. Based in Boston, Ithaca and Brooklyn, NY, the eight-piece band has already begun recording a new full-length studio album, slated for release in 2013.
For a full list of tour dates, visit JBB's website.
John Brown's Body
JBB In Dub EP