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Heavy Dub jumps states and genres

One of the last places you might expect to find a dub outfit would be out on tour with heavy-hitters like Clutch, right? But if you're talking about Brooklyn's Dub Trio, who has been mixing it up with everyone from Gnarls Barkley to The Who, it's really not too unlikely of a scenario.

True, Dub Trio pays homage (albeit rather subtly) to dub pioneer King Tubby but not before taking a slightly more noticeable nod to Bad Brains.

Uh ... having a hard time relating due to the broadness of influences and/or tour mates? If not, maybe you can digest that these guys are also Mike Patton's (Faith No More, Tomahawk) back-up band for his newish Peeping Tom project. If you are having difficulty following along, maybe we should just keep it to ourselves that bassist Stu Brooks plays in 50's G-Unit, drummer Joe Tomino also pounds the skins for the newly reunited Fugees and guitarist D.P. Holmes has played with Macy Gray among many others. Yup, these guys are all over the place -- musically and right now geographically -- and they don't show the slightest sign of slowing down.

En route from Florida to Texas and nearly forgetting about our interview all together (and who could blame him, after all these cats stay busy), Holmes casually took a few minutes to take inventory on where the band has been and where they're headed. It goes something like this: After the tour with Clutch wraps at the end of this month, they're hitting the road with Peeping Tom, which includes a gig at Coachella. Then it's off to Europe and Australia. Come July they're hoping to release a live album they just recorded back in Brooklyn a few weeks ago, which would then most likely coincide with another tour of the states. At some point, they'll record a new Dub Trio record and if and when they do get back home, chances are the phones will start ringing for each of them to do some individual session work again. (So busy might possibly be an understatement!)

Holmes says this live record will be a good mix of tracks from the first album (Exploring the Dangers of from 2004) and last year's record, New Heavy, with several new songs.

"Oh yeah, we're playing a lot of new ones [on tour] and getting ready to record a studio album in '07 to be released in early '08. No, we don't stop. Not for anybody."

Seriously, when the band isn't in the studio or on stage, they like to devote some of their time to interacting with fans via their MySpace page (www.myspace.com/dubtrio). Holmes thinks it's definitely vital to make a connection considering how the masses are used to being heavily engaged these days with nearly everything only a click away.

"MySpace is good to connect with people and it's good for bands to connect with other bands. We do it all ourselves and answer all the questions."

But back up for just a second: Did we mention how the Peeping Tom project also allows the band the unique opportunity of actually opening for themselves? Holmes explains, "Peeping Tom is actually a pretty big band. There's us, a keyboardist, a beat boxer, and another vocalist, but we're like the core band. We'll perform a couple of our songs during the Peeping Tom set and we'll [Dub Trio] open some of the shows."

On what it's like for a band who copped their name from something someone wrote on a club's marquee because they'd started gigging before they had thought of a name to landing opening slots for classic rock icons (The Who) and one of the biggest buzz bands of 2006 (Gnarls Barkley), Holmes seems to think their eclectic mix of mostly instrumental music speaks universally.

"Our music kinda spans a lot of genres. We mix in rock, heavy metal, punk, dub, reggae and even a little electronic. I think it appeals to at least some of the people in all those crowds, or sometimes a lot of them."

He continues, "It's always cool to turn people on that don't really expect to hear what we're about to play or have never seen something like us. That happens a lot on these tours."

Dub Trio play Saturday, March 24 at Tremont Music Hall with Clutch and Five Horse Johnson. Tickets: $17 in advance and $20 at the door. Call 704-343-9494 or visit www.tremontmusichall.com for more info.

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