In an era of ridiculous band names that often not only don’t fit the band but lead you in an entirely different direction, if any (Ben Folds Five, Manchester Orchestra, Natalie Portman’s Shaved Head), here’s to Dub Trio, an instrumental band of ace session players, for telling it like it is.
The three-piece indeed specializes in Dub, the echoing, low-end offshoot of Reggae, but they come at the music with an experimental eye, keeping Dub at its core but branching off often into unexpected areas (Metal? Sure!). The trio’s members have mad studio skills, as evidenced by their work with Mos Def, The Fugees and Matisyahu, and their multi-instrumental tendencies give them even more to work with. Dub Trio has a big fan in ber-freak Mike Patton, who signed them to his Ipecac label and took them on the road as both an opener and backing band for his latest Peeping Tom project.
The group’s latest Ipecac release, Another Sound Is Dying, is its most atmospheric, dark and strangely accessible album yet. The Trio performs at 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Southgate House with Ampline, The Frankl Project and City of Ships. $8.
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