Dub Trio and Skindred’s Benji Webbe Cover Legendary Reggae Artist Ini Kamoze
Despite their lean into heavier territory on recent releases, seminal dub/metal hybrid outfit Dub Trio know their roots. To that end, the band has posted a cover of “Them Thing Deh” by legendary reggae artist Ini Kamoze. What’s more, the band has tapped Benji Webbe of ragga-metal kings Skindred to handle vocals, as perfect a choice as exists.
Bassist Stu Brooks explains how the cover came together, inspired in real time by the Black Lives Matter protests that took place earlier this year:
“We’re putting this song out for the love of it. We knew we wanted to do a track that paid homage to our fore-fathers of reggae and dub, rhythm section greatness, Sly & Robbie. They have been an endless source of inspiration to us as a band from the beginning.
“So, as helicopters swarmed over Hollywood during BLM protests, my wife and I felt compelled to finally break quarantine. As we approached Hollywood and Vine to join in solidarity with the protesters, ‘Them Thing Deh’ happened to be the soundtrack in my headphones. Feeling the anger we share with the BLM movement, the lyric ‘got to keep your cool’ really spoke to me as I could feel the tension in the air.
“That week, we quickly put the rhythm tracks together, recording from 3 different states, with the help of Roger Rivas on organ and keys and hit up our old friend, legend Benji Webbe from the UK band, Skindred. Benji is the ultimate genre-masher, soulfully clashing metal, reggae, punk, dub, dancehall…all the sh*t we love!”
Check out “Them Thing Deh Dub” below, along with the original. Dub Trio released their 5th full-length album, The Shape of Dub to Come, in 2019.