The Hippodrome in Kingston-Upon-Thames was transported to Kingston Jamaica on Thursday (April 6) when New Slang hosted a rowdy performance from Gentleman’s Dub Club.
The nine-piece, all male dub band that originates from Leeds have been making themselves known on the reggae and festival circuits across the globe. Not only have they headlined shows but also supported iconic artists such as The Wailers and Roots Manoever, and last year secured a spot at number one in the iTunes Reggae Chart with their second album The Big Smoke.
With an impressive catalogue of performances under their belt (including Glastonbury, Outlook and Boomtown Fair) the gentlemen had no problem hyping up the small crowd at New Slang in an intimate set that showcased their new album Duptopia.
Gentleman’s Dub Club delivered a phenomenally high-octane performance that warranted more than the solo crowd surfer (who may have made the boys’ night from their reaction). Their stage presence was natural and it was a joy to see a band who do not take themselves too seriously whilst still nailing every song and extended solos.
The opener, ‘Let a little love’ from the new album received a loud reception from the crowd and started the night off with a warm, relaxed, syncopated reggae beat with a rich sub-bass that lazily meandered its way through. The lyrics reflected popular themes from the genre of overcoming struggles in everyday life by letting a “little love in your life.”
The new song ‘Dancing in the breeze’ (now already at 66th place in the UK iTunes Top 100 Reggae Chart) was a crowd-pleaser with the crowd singing along with frontman Johnathan Scratchley to the catchy, carefree lyrics and mellow melody. The percussion sound clips and brass were well-balanced, whilst the funky guitar solo drew cheers.
Without a doubt ‘High Grade’ (which controversially gives a cheeky nod to the reggae culture’s popular marijuana themed lyrics) was the highlight of the night, sending the audience into a fury.
True to their name the band were perfect gentlemen and were happy to sign albums and pose for photographs with fans.
Stewart Grant who was at the show told Rebel Rebel:
“Despite the show being less busy than the typical New Slang event (probably due to half term), this event turned out to be a pretty sweaty gig and allowed everyone enough room to bounce around!
“The sound was great and the band put on a good show.”
The band have a busy tour ahead of them with shows lined up all over the UK, Morocco, France and Croatia.
The new album Dubtopia is out now on Easy Star Records.