New Dub Pistols Album: 'Worshipping The Dollar'!

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7 May 2012, 3:06


London-based dub collective Dub Pistols have returned with their fifth studio album this year, and will be putting it out on June 2nd.

Barry Ashworth and his motley crew created their latest long-player 'Worshipping the Dollar' in between gigs every weekend following the release of acclaimed 2009 album ‘Rum & Coke’. The record sees a return to lyrical themes explored on earlier albums with deeper and more conscious lyrics and a pacier feel to the tracks, which mirrors their increasingly frenetic live shows.

The title of the album is taken from a track voiced by Akala, ms dynamite’s brother. “Living in squalor, worshipping the dollar, there is no flag large enough to wrap around the horror” — so runs a key lyric on the anti-war song ‘West End Stories’, a scathing indictment of US imperialism.

Other highlights on the album include the return of UK hip-hop hero Rodney P, who has become part of the Dub Pistols extended family over the years, on a couple of the album’s drum and bass tracks: the firin’ ‘Gunshot’ and the hilarious standout ‘Mucky Weekend’.

Other guest vocalists include Lindy Layton, formerly of Norman Cook’s chart-topping Beats International project (guesting on ‘Rocksteady’ with Rodney P); reggae legends Red Star Lion (Barbados) and Dan Bowskill (London); plus regular Dubs MCs T.K. Lawrence and Darrison.

“There are a lot more statement songs - a lot of food for thought on this one,” says main man Barry Ashworth. “It’s more uptempo, there’s some drum and bass, but the lyrics are deeper and darker. It’s more like our old stuff in a way.”

From their early beginnings as a soundsystem project, Dub Pistols have grown into a party-rocking live band that ignites festivals and venues. Their infectious blend of ska, dub, hip-hop, electronic music and punk has won them many fans around the globe over the past 15 years and, following sold-out shows across Europe, they were justifiably voted the Best Live Act at DJ Mag’s Best Of British Awards at the end of 2011. Scores of live shows have been booked in this year - including an album launch at Electric Brixton, London on 11th May.

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