The unstoppable Dub Pistols return with their fifth album, Worshipping The Dollar, released July 3rd via Sunday Best Recordings.
From their early beginnings as a soundsystem project, Dub Pistols have grown into a party-rocking live band that ignites festivals and venues. Following the release of acclaimed 2009 album Rum & Coke, Barry Ashworth and his motley crew created their new record on the road. During the album sessions, Dub Pistols also recorded the title music for the new Rob Lowe movie “Knife’s Edge”, written by Bill Clinton’s former spin doctor Chris Lehane.
The new album contains standout single “Alive,” full of thumping bass and bright burst of horns set to an infectious beat. You can check out the “Alive” (radio edit) MP3 where it premiered with Discobelle.
Dub Pistols are calling on fans from around the world to contribute to their brand new video for “Alive,” and you can be part of the action! The band wants to see what you think it’s like to be “Alive in 2012”—all you need to do is snap a photo showing what being alive means to you using the popular photo-sharing app Instagram, and add the hashtag #Imalive2012 by June 5th. The band will include their favorite fan-submitted images in their new video, to be released June 25th.
Worshipping The Dollar 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. “There are a lot more statement songs - a lot of food for thought on this one,” says Ashworth. “It’s more uptempo, there’s some DNB, but the lyrics are deeper and darker. It’s more like our old stuff in a way.”
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 include the return of UK hip-hop hero Rodney P, on several of the album’s DNB tracks: the firin’ “Gunshot” & the hilarious standout “Mucky Weekend.” Other guest vocalists include Lindy Layton, reggae legends Red Star Lion (Barbados) and Dan Bowskill (London); plus regular Dubs MCs TK and Darrison.
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. 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. The band will perform scores of live shows worldwide, including a number of exciting summer festivals, kicking things off in the UK this month!
Dub Pistols On Tour This Summer!
6/1: Volks Festival - Plymouth
6/2: Strummercamp - Manchester
6/3: Kaya Festival - Bangor
6/4: Hallabaloo Festival - Leckhampton, Cheltenham
6/15: Ravonstondale Festival - Cumbria
6/16: Glade - Norfolk
6/17: Golden Down Festival - Devon
6/22: Rock Oyster - Cornwall
7/7: Lounge On The Farm - Kent
7/13: Larmer Tree Festival - Wiltshire, Somerset
7/28: Camp Bestival - Dorset
8/4: V-Dub Festival - Isle Of Wight
8/5: Standon Calling
9/8: Bestival - Ise Of Wight