Old Byron town will be spinning off its axis on Friday when two great bands converge to launch their albums – Dubmarine will launch Laser Sound Beam and CC The Cat will see their new release Song from the Sea launched.
Dubmarine lift off with Laser Sound Beam
It was only ever a matter of time. Having spent the past few years building a reputation as one of this country’s finest live bands, Brisbane eight-piece tour de force Dubmarine have hit the next level with their simply extraordinary new long player Laser Sound Beam.
The band’s second album, Laser Sound Beam finds them moving into new territory. 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 is truly their own.
Easily their most powerful studio record to date, Laser Sound Beam is a synth and bass-heavy, brass laden record that captures a band prepared to take music in a whole new direction. It’s big, it’s fun, and it’s something you have never heard before!
Recorded over the past 12 months, the album saw the band re-unite with long-time engineer and collaborator Paulie B, with ARIA-winning producer Magoo brought in to add the finishing touches.
Laser Sound Beam is more than just a striking sonic landscape, it marks the emergence of D-Kazman as one truly irrepressible frontman. More than a dancer, vocalist and writer he is an Indigenous man with something to say. Talking through the songs, he explains the album moves through many moods.
And his growing confidence as an artist finds him turning his attention to more powerful ideas, no more obvious than on the songs Bullyman and Cabinet Fever.
The new album comes at the end of a phenomenal year for the band that has seen them take their music to huge audiences around the country and the globe. Earlier this year the band played to more than 3000 people on the Beat in Control Single Tour before they headed off to perform at the International Jazz Festival in Capetown, South Africa – that trip was just the latest in a long run of overseas sojourns that has included major shows and festivals everywhere from Europe to the Reunion Islands.
The release of Laser Sound Beam will be celebrated as the band hits the road for the remainder of 2013, kicking off with a run of venue shows and festival appearances including Brisbane’s BIGSOUND and the newly announced Boomerang Festival at Byron Bay.
CC The Cat Songs From the Sea second album release
Australian dynamic roots act CC The Cat are an anthem pumping, drum and bass-heavy, brass-blowing, booty-shaking, eye-popping reggae-funk-soul explosion fronted by sexy soul diva Claire Cottone (aka CC), whose powerful soul voice ranges from gutsy depths to soaring heights, and whose addictive songs push boundaries from reggae, ska and dancehall to funk and soul, acoustic rock and a twist of jazz.
After launching the first single, Rock My World to radio nationally in July, the Brisbane/Gold Coast 5-piece launched their new album Songs from the Sea with a national tour kicked off at The Soundlounge with Dubmarine in August.
Songs From the Sea is CC The Cat’s second full-length album, following their 2010 debut, reggae odyssey and radio fave Inna Babylon Jungle. The album was crowd-funded by CC’s fans through Pozible.com and was produced by Paulie B in Brisbane’s reggae capital of West End. The tracks range from upbeat pop-ska love tunes, to deep beautiful soul tracks, happy reggae numbers, bangin’ dancehall and old-school funk, with guest performances by some of Brisbane’s greatest musicians including members of Bobby Alu, Kingfisha, Bullhorn and the Queensland Orchestra.
Catch this fantastic double this Friday September 20
The Great Northern, Byron Bay
$18 @ Door / $13+BF Presale