Black Star Dub Collective Interview
Redstar73 Blog: Please can you introduce your band. When was it started?
BSDC: BSDC started at the end of 2009/early 2010. The intention was to form a collective of people who both had and hadn’t been in bands before and express our love of reggae and dub music in all its forms. The expression was to be in the format of a live band with a varying line up who all believed in the need for our music to discuss political and social issues. Our desire to deal with topical political issues was very much inspired by the way the music coming out of Jamaica and in the 60’s,70’s and 80’s had a quick fire response to social commentary (most famously the song ‘Poison Flour’ by Dr Alimantado) and how tunes could be out on record as quick as a week after the inspiration for the song had happened.
We spent a long time creating our song writing and abandoning many songs until we were comfortable with our line up at which point we booked a few gigs to force ourselves to get with the program and get our sound to the ears of the underground.
After 8 or 9 months of heavy touring and gigging including a trip out to France in summer 2011 we recorded a selection of songs to be released on a split with Manchester Dub Punks Autonomads paying homage to the birthplace of both bands we called it ‘From Rusholme With Dub’.
Last summer we continued to tour heavily and began working on new material and played lots of festivals..
Redstar73 Blog: You have just released a new single. Could you tell us more about it? When was it recorded? Who was involved?
BSDC: The song was a tune we had been jamming live based upon a dub by the Revolutionaries called ‘Kunta Kinte’ with a few borrowed lyrics from the song ‘Beware’ by Creole over the same Rhythm.
We decided to record it last summer and then the opportunity to have P. Lush of Nucleus Roots produce it came about and we jumped at the chance as we are all big fans of what Nucleus Roots do. The track was recorded by Matt Pumpkin at Pumpkin Records studios then later mixed and mastered by P. Lush.
The track is now out on 7″ and is available through,
Pumpkin Records (UK)
Mass Prod (France)
Redstar73 Records (Spain)
Kauriala Society (Finland)
Only 500 copies available so get one quick ..
Redstar73 Blog: Whats going on in Manchester? Any new good bands we should check out? Whats going on politically?
BSDC: There are lots of good bands in Manchester for the reggae punky/reggae fans check out Nucleus Roots,Liberation and Autonomads, for the punk fans check out Dead Subverts and Holiday and for the folk fans keep your eyes and ears peeled for Joe Yorke and the fresh band out of the ashes of Wigans finest raggamuffin dub/punk/ska legends John Player Specials the Reservoir Coots.. The OK Cafe has always got plans in Manchester it is a squatted cafe that crops up every 4/6 months for 3 or 4 weeks, running work shops, gigs and meals twice daily. Manchester Anti Capitalist Action (131 Crew) and Anti Fascist Action (161 Crew) are always working hard and Manchester Hunt Saboteurs are working very very hard.
Redstar73 Blog: What are your plans for the future?
BSDC: We have a lot of new songs that we are working on and a few new members who are contributing heavily to the sound of the new material. In the immediate future we are playing out in Athens on the 18th of May, promoting our new single, gigging and playing festivals over the summer and we have just recorded a new track for a split 7″ with Bristol reggae band One Shot which will one again be produced by Nucleus Roots Productions and hope fully released in a similar fashion to our newest 7″ across the UK and Mainland Europe (and anywhere else that will have us).
Redstar73 Blog: Last words
Check out our new single available from the record labels mentioned above thanks very much to Redstar for helping us with the release…
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