Friday, 20 September 2013 00:00

Island Vibe Weekend Double Pass

Returning for its eighth year, Island Vibe has earned its reputation as the finest reggae, soul and dub event in the South Pacific.

The event is headlined by the likes of Soom T, J Star, Ill Gates, J:Kenzo, Sticky Fingers, Electric Punanny, Dub Terminator, Silva MC, Jah Red Lion, Soulware, Organikismness, Kingfisha, Oka, Bobby Alu, Dubmarine and many more on North Stradbroke Island from October 25-27.

To win a weekend double pass valued at $480 This competition has closed.
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Terms and Conditions:

1. Winners will be drawn at random at 11am Friday 27th September at Level 2, 192-210 Brunswick Street, Fortitude Valley. [Winner drawn]
2. Winners will be notified by e-mail. [Winner notified]
3. Entrants' email address will not be used for any other purpose except the conduct of this competition.

Published in Competition
Wednesday, 07 August 2013 15:20

Noah Slee: Top Five Fried Chicken Places

1. Sylvia’s Restaurant (Harlem NYC). I legitimately understood why it’s called soul food after this experience. The fried chicken melted against my taste buds.... oh lord.

2. KFC. You can't go wrong with the Colonel — he’s been helping obesity internationally for many years, and those secret flavours are finger lickin’ good.

3. Maylings (West Auckland). Chinese takeaway that have pieced together a magnificent fried chicken with garlic as the flavour base.

4. Sushi Station Buffet (West End). The sushi buffet has offered unlimited fried chicken nibbles that leaves your mouth drenched in grease!

5. Sita’s Fried Chicken (A mate! Will not reveal her address). Homemade fried chicken swag!!! Say no more.

Noah Slee supports Dubmarine at The Hi-Fi this Friday, August 7.

Published in Electronic
Thursday, 01 August 2013 11:06

Dubmarine CD-Ticket Pack

Having spent the past few years building a reputation as one of this country’s finest live bands, Brisbane eight-piece Dubmarine have hit the next level with their extraordinary new album, ‘Laser Sound Beam’.

Capturing the legendary energy of a Dubmarine live show, this collection of tracks finds them moving away from their roots in reggae, dub and dancehall and finding a whole new sound that’s truly their own.

To win a copy of ‘Laser Sound Beam’ and a double pass to their show at The Hi-Fi on Friday August 9 This competition has closed.
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1. Winner will be drawn at random at 12pm Wednesday 7th August at Level 2, 192-210 Brunswick Street, Fortitude Valley. [Winner drawn]
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3. Entrants' email address will not be used for any other purpose except the conduct of this competition.

Published in Competition
Tuesday, 26 March 2013 19:34

Dubmarine & Kingfisha: Live Review

Live Review from The Hi- Fi March 22

It was reggae, but perhaps unlike anything you have seen before. A unique combination of soul mixed with electro and a splash of pop, West End hosted a night to be remembered if you ignored the strange smells coming from some of its dreadlocked patrons. Friday night at The Hi-Fi launched the latest singles from Dubmarine and Kingfisha: ‘Beat In Control’ and ‘Digging For Fire’. But first up were special guests The Chocolate Strings, who were great to watch. Beginning the night to a smaller crowd, they did their best to get the beats flowing and their onstage presence is not something easily forgotten.

Combining great sounds and shall we say varying dance styles, The Chocolate Strings are ones to watch. Dubmarine’s nine-piece band were in sync and had clearly rehearsed. Front-woman Billie Weston did not disappoint fans, and alongside front-man Kazman the duo brought plenty energy to the stage. Kingfisha also brought to the stage clean and synced sounds, but lacked the same onstage ‘oomph’ that Dubmarine had. But you’re better off soaking in their brand of reggae dub, with plenty of heads nodding in appreciation as the night went on.

See photos from the night at Scenestr

 

Published in Pop/ Electro
Thursday, 28 June 2012 16:25

Finalists Announced For QMAs

The finalists are in for this year’s Queensland Music Awards.

Busby Marou, Kate Miller-Heidke, DZ Deathrays, Kingfisha, Dubmarine, Rainman, The Medics, Impossible Odds, Seven, Texas Tea, Pigeon and Cub Scouts lead the way, with nearly 50 judges across the state selecting the finalists.

Album of the Year honours will be contested between Ben Salter (‘The Cat’), DZ Deathrays (‘Bloodstreams’), Kellie Lloyd (‘Magnetic North’) and The Grates (‘Secret Rituals’).

Winners across 20 categories will be announced at The Old Museum on August 14, with live performances from Ed Kuepper, Ball Park Music, The Art of Sleeping, Gentle Ben and His Sensitive Side, Rainman and Velociraptor.

For a full list of nominations, click here.
Published in Events Music
Friday, 01 June 2012 06:36

Point The Bone: Dubmarine

Featuring an animated battle between a five-legged octopus and a robot, the latest video clip from Dubmarine takes stop motion animation to a whole new level.

Filmed for the Dubber’s second single, ‘Point The Bone’ — from debut LP 'Depth Of Sound' — the video took more than 200 hours to shoot.

The clip depicts a modern day clash of the titans between octopus and robot, set in a hand-sculpted city-scape. Animator Debbie Steer was assisted by a team of filmmaker friends who’ve worked on such films as ‘Happy Feet 2’, ‘Transformers’ and ‘Sucker Punch’ to create the 'home-made' five-minute clip.

The video is a nod to Ray Harryhausen, a pioneer in stop motion animation whose six tentacled octopus (six instead of eight to save money!) starred in the 1955 flick ‘It Came From Beneath The Sea’.

Dubmarine are currently in the studio recording new material.

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Published in Reggae/ Roots
Wednesday, 07 December 2011 03:01

Dubmarine

Exploring The Depths

For Dubmarine's frontman D-Kazman, diversity is what makes us human, and eclectic is best.

"The job of a storyteller or songwriter is to contemplate things and bring it all together. Some songs just come out of nowhere, but others can take time to process. I actually like those songs the best, the ones that you take time to think about, get your subject matter and converse with people about. Great songs don't come from one mouth. They come from a multitude of different ideas."

For Kazman, Dubmarine is as much a dub group as it is a vessel through which ideas and emotions can be shared. The message is one of harmony and acceptance, working towards a world where differences are celebrated rather than separated. On stage, he's the embodiment of this idea. "The guy on stage is a character that I've created. Byami Melchisedec is the name that I've given him. Byami is the name of the serpent and Melchisedec is this deep spiritual practice involving Kaballah and angelic work. He's essentially a depiction on the corroboree.

"The corroboree is a collaboration of all the arts together, and when you had a corroboree, the whole family was connected. You had the storyteller, that would tell stories, and then song men would sing the story and the painters would paint it as it was being told. The dancers would dance the story, and the musicians would play the music, rhythmically in tune to the story. So all the different elements of art were united. I guess that guy is a modern depiction of all of those together."

Live, Dubmarine are known as a force to be reckoned with, and Kazman, with his primal dancing and vocal gymnastics, leads the way. "That's why I paint up before a show. I have the Aboriginal flag around as a modern take on who we are as people, and I mean everybody, y'know - we use flags to recognise our identity. I recognise it as that but also just as a cool piece of cloth that I can wrap around myself and even take the piss out of a bit."

Dubmarine launch their new single, 'Unconditional', at The Hi-Fi Saturday December 17. They also play Woodford Folk Festival December 31.
Published in Reggae/ Roots
Wednesday, 02 November 2011 02:56

Island Vibe Review 2011

Home Beach, North Stradbroke, Oct 28-30
Friday, day one, and the vibe was steadily building amid the glorious surrounds of North Stradbroke Island. Despite perpetual cloud cover the UV index was extreme, although it couldn't melt your heart as completely as the bluegrass sounds of The Rusty Datsuns. The folk trio relaxed us into puddles on the floor, and then shaped us up again for a good ol' fashion hoedown.

With spirits now high and willing, Afro Mandinko provided the body with reason to move. The contemporary African dance ensemble dispensed a vibrant, irrepressible rhythm that engaged the entire Main Stage in a single groove. By day two 'island time' had truly kicked in, and the sun was out to celebrate. Leading us into the much-anticipated Saturday night were Cheap Fakes, with suave suits and a party-inducing fusion of funk, reggae and pop that blew the unsuspecting afternoon crowds away.

Dubmarine continued the trend, exploding onto the stage with a truly dynamic live set of dub and dancehall reggae. High-octane frontman, D-Kazman, worked up a frenzy, pulling audience members up to 'help us dance for this one!' Roots legends Blue King Brown then took to the stage, bringing things down a notch for the beginning of their set. However, they couldn't repress the energy for long, and brought out Nicky Bomba to step it up with a whirlwind percussion jam.

Sunday afternoon shook away the morning clouds as the ever-eager crowds began to drift in, and Electric Wire Hustle was waiting with their unique take on soul music that combined sweet vocal lines, heavy layers of synth and some astounding live drumming. To cap off a sensational weekend, crowd favourite Chali 2na graced the stage with a mischievous attitude and a funky-ass backing band. Some Jurassic 5 numbers and his personal style of driving hip hop drew the most animated reaction of the entire festival.
By: Jerath Head

The Silver Bullet Rollers had a nice '50s style 'desert/ surfer' vibe about them — unfortunately though, the Alice Springs group were plagued with various sound problems throughout their set. However, after a few false starts they soon got into the swing of things, and were able to show off their fun, upbeat sound.

Brisbane group Kingfisha were one of the acts of the festival, with their blend of reggae and big band sounds. Anthony Forrest's smooth vocals suited their laidback Jamaican-inspired rhythms to a T. Playing tracks from their debut EP, 'Promises', as well as some new material, it was a great way to usher in the evening. At the Jolly Roger tent, DJ Katch was busy spinning tunes in his idiosyncratic way: jumping from behind the booth, to in front of the stage, to sitting at his drum kit, to appearing side of stage to hand out free CDs; it was clear to see he's not one to sit still. With a set list that spanned Mexicana (while wearing his wrestling mask) all the way through to material from his Resin Dogs days, his scattered approach may have confused some punters, however, most seemed to lap up his eclectic style.

Headliners Blue King Brown were next on stage, and following the high intensity performance of Dubmarine before them, they seemed happy to take things a back a notch. Surprisingly, it was their first time playing at the festival that seems tailor-made for their brand of 'conscience' music. They ran through a mix of their hits, including 'Water (For The Fire)', 'Stand Up' and 'Moment Of Truth' with vocalist Natalie Pa'apa'a also speaking to the crowd about taking care of the planet and each other.
By: Colleen Edwards
Published in Reggae/ Roots
Wednesday, 01 December 2010 10:43

Dubmarine Interview

Depth Charge

In the internet age of abbreviated attention spans and bumrushes to international stardom, Dubmarine are very much playing the long game. Only now, four years into their recording career, are they releasing their debut longplayer, ‘Depth Of Sound’, and that’s after a gestation of 18 months.

“The way I see it, it has taken us from the beginning of last year,” explains Dubmarine frontman, D-Kazman. “Getting all the beats down and so on, to the process of mixing and everything that we’ve done and then to getting it out there, releasing it in June overseas. So I guess we’ve evolved a fair bit since then and the album itself I see as a wonderful start, but definitely open to expansion, I think.”

Kazman has an engaging way of peddling his ideas down the phoneline, his crisp, clear voice one part intelligence and one part boundless enthusiasm.

“It’s got a big dance vibe about it, but it’s also got a nice listening vibe to it, so you can sit in the car and enjoy it, or you can hear a few tracks in a club and you just want to dance to that. I think it’s going to be good too for people to actually listen to and tune into some of the lyrics that are written, because a lot of it is pretty esoteric and has deeper spiritual and scientific ideas. I think Dubmarine – we have this crazy idea we’re this spaceship from Atlantis, and we’re coming to take everything back from the reptiles, or something,” he laughs. “Maybe not so much save the world, but realign it.”

It was a big leap forward from the group’s two early EPs, in approach and attitude as much as sound and execution.

“Putting it simply, the EPs I see as promotional music. The first EP we did, ‘Dub From The Deep’, it was just an opportunity to get our stuff recorded and out there for people to hear. We’d been together for about a year at that stage and it was like, ‘Yeah, we need to get some stuff out there.’ Because you can’t just rely on your live shows to be the selling point. That CD went really well, and then after that we did ‘Chip’, which was like a precursor to the album. It was all about adding to the promotional thing – just getting more stuff out there and creating a bit of a catalogue.

“Now the album is a prime example of where we can go artistically with the recording process. I’ve always been a big believer that if you’ve bought a good longplayer and you feel comfortable with it, you can have it in the background and just enjoy it – you turn some songs up, you turn some down. It’s like doing a long-distance drive – which we do, you know, we listen to bands like Red Eye and Salmonella and that sort of thing and MIA – you just want to listen for what’s the next thing they’re going to do, or he or she’s going to do. This album – it’s definitely an enjoyable listen.”

The midyear overseas release for ‘Depth Of Sound’ was timed to coincide with Dubmarine’s first sojourn into European territories. No doubt an epic experience for the group, but also something pretty special for Dubmarine’s thousands of new fans.

“On the musical side of things we played six shows,” Kazman explains. “One was played at The Hague. We got invited to the ambassador’s residence in The Hague, we had dinner with her in the embassy and later on we had a gig at Het Paard van Troje – this famous place where Faith No More have played, Prince, guys like that. We also played at a number of large festivals, the big one for us being in the Czech Republic at Colours Of Ostrava. It was the biggest stage and the biggest audience we’d ever played to. Not only that, the festival itself sells out three months prior to the event and what people do, they get online and check out your music. So it was a beautiful surprise, three of our songs they knew straight away – the whole crowd knew them – and seeing 15,0000-20,000 people responding and singing along to your music in a country you’ve never before been to was a total blow-out!”

With the Australian release of the album now upon us, it’s time for local audiences to reacquaint themselves with Dubmarine’s stellar live show, or perhaps even experience it for the first time. And the best place to do that will be at The Zoo later this week for the ‘Depth Of Sound’ LP launch.

“We’ve got a couple of things specially planned,” Kazman says. “When we get there I like to paint up, so I wear the Aboriginal flag as a sarong and I paint up my body to project that tribal element, and then I’m gonna get a couple of tribal dancers to come and accentuate that. I’m not sure exactly what’s going to happen yet. We’ve got to work on the choreography – maybe have a bit of a jam and choreograph the song itself to suit the moment – I’m not sure exactly what the end result will be. All I know is that whenever we get an idea or a vision, I just have a lot of people who enjoy the vision and put their heart and soul into it and try to make it a reality.

“We’re looking forward to it so much, it’s not funny,” he laughs. “We love playing at The Zoo for a start. The system there is just fantastic. We’ve done a few shows there now and we’re pretty good friends with guys who run the place. I still think that The Zoo is pretty much the strongest venue in town for live music: it has a good system, a wooden floor, and the building itself just resonates good sound. It has a great dancefloor. It gets a bit hot there in summer, but it’s going to get hot when you dance anyway, right?!”

‘Depth Of Sound’ is out now. Dubmarine launch the album at The Zoo December 3.

Published in Jazz/ Fusion
Wednesday, 15 September 2010 16:09

Big Sound Review 2010

Live Review: Fortitude Valley Sept 8-9

A noted British expat who shall remain nameless - fuck it, it was Everett True - recently took exception to the “mighty big industry bun-fest” that is BIGSOUND based on the selection criteria for showcased artists. Specifically, True thought it a bit much that bands wishing to be paraded before the industry's biggest wigs should be able to list their recent media achievements (ie. radio play, write-ups in rags like this one), their current support team (managers, agents, etc) and their tour schedule (pretty self-explanatory).

Now, does that really sound that hard to you? Is the ability to write up a CV or make friends with someone who can do it for you - one of those pesky managers or agents, perhaps - too much to ask in return for an audience with the Gudinskis of this world? Is obscurity such a virtue that the chance to ply your wares in front of Brisbane's most passionate industry types isn't worth the time it takes to fill out a form?

I've got nothing but respect for Mr True, but I just can't convince myself that those of us who turned out to see the likes of The Medics and Dubmarine thought we were about to discover the next cog in the corporate wheel; or that those artists who have reaped commercial rewards from these types of showcases - take, for instance, Artisan's killer Wednesday night lineup of Hungry Kids Of Hungary, Dan Kelly's Dream Band, Washington and The Gin Club - have been in any way harmed by the experience. If you're in a Brisbane band on the make, take a look at a group like Ballpark Music - who packed out The Club House on Thursday night and made the absolute most of it - and start thinking about how you'd fill out that application next year. It might not be as fun as writing up a rider, but it sure couldn't hurt.

Rohan Williams 


Knowing that NZ five-piece The Checks have been headhunted for support slots by the likes of REM and Oasis, I was pleased to discover that their polished, high-energy rock sounds aren't just a product of the studio - The Checks well and truly deliver live as well.


Frontman Ed Knowles led a dense half hour set, displaying vocal and sartorial muscle as he (clad in singlet and vest) and band pumped out a succession of extremely tight tracks. Lead guitarist Sven Pettersen impressed with his cool-hand riffs and solos, skilfully making use of myriad effects pedals to achieve the studio sound, an ability especially well showcased in tracks like 'Crows' and 'Ballroom Baby'.

Rhythm guitarist Callum Martin deserves special mention for his consummately understated arrangements and rich harmonies. Although there was more foot-tapping than all out rug-cutting going on, The Checks made a clear impression at The Troubadour on Thursday night. A brief stroll up the mall and down Ann Street brought me to Bakery Lane, a name reminiscent of a fairy tale, appropriate, really, for the exaggerated childlike outfits worn by Dubmarine.

As I wound my way to the blind alley venue I felt a little like Little Red Riding Hood, which I suppose would make the Big Bad Wolf Dubmarine's inimitable Kazman, whose vocal acrobatics are far more impressive than the Wolf's impersonation of grandma. The alleyway swelled to near capacity with 300 plus bodies keen to have a taste of what Kazman described to me post-gig as “modern Australian music”. The band opened with a couple of tracks from their pending debut album, 'Depth Of Sound', and while these early offerings were met with some characteristic chin-stroking from the largely uninitiated audience, it wasn't long before the full on sound assault that is the 'Dub Sub' prevailed, and by the time they busted out 'Chip', indie kids in skinny jeans were pulling moves they didn't know they had in them.

Oliver Hildebrand

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