Brighton search

The Brighton Magazine

Selected Brighton Magazine Article
Sunday 22 September 2013


Dreadzone Hit 20: The Clash’s Mick Jones Joins Dub & Bass Pioneers Ahead Of Sussex Date

Among their past band members Dreadzone can boast the likes of Melanie Blatt, Denise van Outen, Alison Goldfrapp and Don Letts.


And now the band has added The Clash's Mick Jones - who appears on the current single Too Late - to the above list. 

Dreadzone delighted us all back in '96 when they flew into the commercial domain with their unique, genre-busting dub / folk / electronic dance-epic "Second Light", which featured their debut top 40 hit, "Little Britain". 

Greg Dread said: "We were founded in the light of the new dance and techno movement in the early "90s so have always straddled the two, and other influences including Big Audio Dynamite mean we cast our net pretty wide. 

"I categorise our sound as Dread music." 


Formed Phoenix-like from the ashes of Big Audio Dynamite, Dreadzone are an intrinsic part of the UK dance heritage. 

From their first album "360", released in 1993 by Alan McGhee on his legendary Creation Records label, through their foray into the mainstream when snapped up by Virgin Records and onto 2011's "The Best of Dreadzone – The Good, The Bad and The Dread", Dreadzone have never stopped pioneering their genre-busting reggae-influenced danceable sound. 

They are proud to be celebrating their 20th anniversary in 2013.

"Escapades" is the band"s 7th studio album. Featuring guest vocalists Mick Jones (The Clash) and rising star Lena Cullen, the album was borne out of the heavy touring schedule which ensued when Greg and Leo resumed their drumming and bass duties alongside Mick Jones and Don Letts when Big Audio Dynamite reunited for a pan-world tour in 2012.


That tour lead to a long burst of creative musical juices flowing in B.A.D.'s studio bunker in Acton, which quickly became the foundation for new Dreadzone material.

Dreadzone founder Tim Bran, alongside Mick Jones and Don Letts, original members Leo and Greg Dread and "new" members MC Spee, Earl 16 and Chris Compton, soon transformed those foundations into musical reality, and Escapades was born.

Escapades is an album to enthuse committed fans, occasional acquaintances or those discovering Dreadzone for the very first time. 

There"s an equal mix of nostalgia and progression all fused within the band's instantly recognizable sound. 

The single, "Too Late" is a gritty, bass punching number with gloriously sleazy undercurrents features a sample from "Is Vic There" by New Wave 80"s band "Department S".

New album Escapades is out on Monday 9th September, and the band play The Forum, Tunbridge Wells, on Saturday 16th November. 


by: Mike Cobley



Related Images


   

A unique archive of photographs of Hollywood stars from the 1940s/50s/60s, many of which have never been seen before, will be going on show in Brighton in May as part of the Artist Open Houses festival.

The exhibition will pull images from a wide range of negatives that include images of Gary Cooper, President Harry Truman, Audrey Hep... more >>


Way Back is a daring new comedy set on Beachy Head, near Brighton, sensitively exploring the taboo themes of suicide, existential crises and disabled toilets. 

Beachy Head is a notorious suicide spot, the third most popular in the world ("Terrible, isn't it? Only third.")! 

Crystal Palace and Brighton fans have set aside their differences to help a little girl raise the money needed to help her walk unaided.

The parents of cerebral palsy sufferer Scarlett Hewitt, aged eight, of New Addington, last week appealed for help in their battl... more >>


To celebrate the publication of volume three of his Diaries, Travelling to Work 1988-1998, acclaimed actor, writer and comedian Michael Palin, has announced his first ever one-man stage tour, which will visit Brighton this autumn.

The show will see Palin looking back at twenty-five years of exploring the world and nearly fifty years in radio, television, books... more >>


The Whitehawk Camp partnership has received £99,300 from the Heritage Lottery Fundfor an exciting community archaeology project based in Brighton.

Local residents will work with professional and skilled volunteers on the nationally important archaeological monument in Whi... more >>


Brighton's festival of visual art and domestic space, has announced Yinka Shonibare MBE as the Invited Artist for its sixth edition, in co-commission with Brighton Festival 2014.

Inspired by the immigration, migration and refuge themes of HOUSE 2014, The British Library is presented in the dramatic Ed... more >>


Films from Cinema of Childhood, curated by filmmaker Mark Cousins and inspired by his latest feature documentary, A Story Of Children And Film, will feature at the Brighton Festival.

“These are some of the best films you've never had a chance to see,” Cousins says. 


A host of high profile acts have been added to the line-up for the Sussex-based Jazz FM’s Love Supreme Jazz Festivalincluding alternative hip hop pioneers De La Soul, who will play songs from their illustrious 25-year career as a full 10 piece live band.

Irish rockabilly star Imelda May, showcasing music from her brand new album Tribal,and acid jazz legends I... more >>


Following the success of his first UK shows in 30 years, in 2012, Michael Nesmith, the woollen hat wearing Monkee, producer, multi-instrumentalist and country rock pioneer will be returning to the UK this year and playing the Hove Centre.

Nesmith will be joined by a full band and will perform songs spanning his entire career, from his folk music beginnings through to the pre... more >>


Glyndebourne, in Sussex, has launched a national art competition inviting talented and aspiring young artists to design the cover of its 2014 Tour Programme. 

The winning artist will see their artwork grace the cover of 10,000 copies of the Glyndebourne Tour Programme and be commerc... more >>


Headlines
Search our archives for what's on and gone for the best of this city's theatre music comedy news and much more...