Reggae, Reggae, Zurich
– The new heroes of the spaghetti western are from Switzerland, and they confidently ride their monster dub through the urban jungle of the 21st...Read Biography
The new heroes of the spaghetti western are from Switzerland, and they confidently ride their monster dub through the urban jungle of the 21st century. These four outstanding instrumentalists live and breathe their passion for dub and electronic dance music through their electrifying live performances. They have been working with the legendary Hamburg-based dub label Echo Beach— a residence for artists such as Steward Copeland, Dub Syndicate, Jan Delay, Seeed, Tackhead, King Tubby—since 2006, and so far the collaboration has produced numerous outputs, including the Clash tribute album 'The Clashification of Dub', the live album 'Live in Dub' and the hallucinatory 'Burroughs in Dub' album.
The quartet has been performing all over Europe during the past decade. Its festival résumé includes performances in Summerjam, Cologne; Fusion, Berlin; Overjam, Slovenia; Reggae Summer Chiemsee, Übersee; Gurten Bern, Switzerland; Blue balls, Luzern; Télérama Festival, Paris; Jazz Festival, Willisau. That, and about 400 club shows, shaped the group into one of Europe’s top live dub acts.
Dub Spencer & Trance Hill dexterously plays instrumental psychedelic dub-reggae with rock and trance influences. What most dub acts can achieve in the studio only, is actually played live on stage by these guys. Their rich detailed sound, adventurousness, passionate playing on stage and in the studio, and ability to transform popular hits into humorous yet respectful dub gems, have impressed the press and captured the hearts of avid music lovers all over the globe. They brilliantly maintain the spirit of dub but don't afraid to twist and spice things up in order to create something fresh. This combination of expertly carried out classic dub gymnastics with eclectic flavours of rock, electronica and intoxicating psychedelia always creates something timeless.
Another equally prominent protagonist in this project is the Munich-based sound and dub specialist Umberto Echo, who has been regularly joining the band on tour for years in order to contribute his magic via the mixing desk as a fifth instrumentalist. Echo does echo and Echo knows what it takes to keep the cowboys in their saddles in order to let them trot for hours and hours.