It’s onwards and upwards for the Dubmarine crew. As they consolidate years of hard work and commitment, in mid 2013 they’re on the cusp of their latest triumph – a new album.
Building on the success of their 2010 debut LP, ‘Depth Of Sound’, the band continues to garner the attention of fans from all corners of the globe with their energetic live show – while rather proudly representing their Aussie roots. And while their latest album was a 12-month production project, it also saw them reunite with long-time collaborator Paulie B and ARIA-winning producer Magoo.
Built on the modern technologies of the current electronic musical era, the mob has ensured not to overlook their roots. With all bases covered, their ensemble encompasses keyboards and percussion as well as bass and the drums – not to mention the sultry vocal talent that is Billie Weston. And all that effort has paid off – from nominations at the Queensland Music Awards, to being featured on the annual national HOME compilations that profile the country’s best new Indigenous artists.
Musically, Dubmarine are well entrenched in their unique, forward-thinking sound that fuses rock, hip hop, dub, reggae, dancehall as well as a little electronica. With that, the nine-piece outfit has recently released ‘Beat In Control’, the first single from their sophomore album that is due for imminent release. Titled ‘Laser Sound Beam’, Billie explains their determination to evolve and refine their sound, but also to ‘keep it real’ as it were.
“We are dedicated to the Dubmarine brand; it’s something we really believe in and something we want to make work, otherwise what’s the point?” she explains.
To begin with, the band was entrenched in the sound of the urban culture including dub, reggae and dancehall.
“Originally Dubmarine had a strong dub and reggae element,” Weston confirms. “But we’ve evolved over the years to refine the sound — and right now, we’re getting into the bass driven culture and we’re incorporating that sound into our music.
“We’ve got some Brazilian vibes too but really, there are all sorts of powers in play. We really approached the album to try to ensure the evolution was natural; we wanted to have fun with it of course, but it had to represent everything Dubmarine stood for,” she says.
Their first album ‘Depth Of Sound’ saw the crew travel to far-flung areas of the world, including Germany, The Netherlands, Belgium and The Czech Republic. Expect nothing less this time around, except that Australia gets to see it all first.
“We are scheduled to play some really good regional gigs around the country over the next few months,” explains Weston. “People have said that our show is like nothing they’ve seen before. It’s a really great compliment for us. So we’re kicking off the tour at Hi-Fi in Brisbane in August — and we’ve got a really great show planned. We’ve got some great supports, but we’ve also got some surprises in store for our fans as well.
“I think the best way to describe it, is that we’ve learnt from things we’ve done in the past and applied that to try in some ways to reinvent our sound. There is always a lot going on, on stage; it really is a show in the truest sense of the word and there are a lot of theatrical elements in there.”
And while the crew has seen some members come and go over the years, they remain a tightknit posse that’s hell bent on going higher and higher.
“The group was originally formed close to six years ago at a house party in West End. We’re still based there – and funnily enough, it’s quite an incestuous scene!”
Which in itself fosters enormous camaraderie among the band members. A relative newcomer to the group – she is a two-year veteran – Weston has been privy to their evolution to the extent that she feels the crew is well on top of their game right now.
“We’ve gone through some transformations sure, but that is part of growing and maturing as a band. I think right now, we’re really happy with where we are and where we’re headed.”
Finally, Weston shares a few more words on the forthcoming tour.
“We’re doing quite a few dates – a fair chunk of Queensland including the Sunshine Coast, but we’re taking in Melbourne and Sydney as well. And as a little bonus for our Brisbane fans, the ticket price also includes a copy of the new album, so that’s a pretty good deal.”
Dubmarine play The Hi-Fi Aug 9 as well as Bigsound Sept 11-13 and Island Vibe Oct 25-27. ‘Laser Sound Beam’ will be released Aug 8.