Yellow Dubmarine Release 'Abbey Dub' | A Reggae Take on The Beatles' Abbey Road
42 years and a day after the most legendary band of all time released a classic album that would be their swan song, another band presents their re-imagining of that same recording. It was September 26, 1969 when The Beatles gave the world the legendary Abbey Road. On September 27, 2011, Yellow Dubmarine offer up their stunning reggae re-make, Abbey Dub.
For these dub-reggae rockers who formed in the fertile music communities of Washington D.C. and Baltimore, the choice to take on The Beatles' classic for their debut album was a simple one: "There was a natural vision for it," Yellow Dubmarine explain. "It is a timeless piece of music that we knew we could do something cool with. Not just because of the songs, but because of how it works together. We have a concept and we felt this would be the perfect place to start."
Yellow Dubmarine's Abbey Dub is an aural journey through the history of reggae with The Beatles as your guide. The band keeps the heart of the original 17 songs present, but simultaneously breathes new life into each track. Producer Kenny Liner, of The Bridge, crafts a sonic landscape that in one instant recalls traditional Nyagbinghi drumming before morphing into a simple Rock-steady cadence. Ska grooves full of Caribbean and Calypso coloring gives way to bass heavy Dub riddims. Horns emerge where there was once the voices of John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison and a mellow skank where there was once Ringo Starr's four to the floor beat. Song by song, Abbey Dub seems to discover the long lost island-roots of Abbey Road. It is quite simply a chance to hear the much loved classic album again for the first time.
Yellow Dubmarine will tour extensively this fall and winter. Upcoming dates are:
September 30 | 9:30 | Washington, DC
October 1 | Stirfry Music Revival | Wind Gap, PA
October 6 | Daniel St | Milford CT
October 7 | Putnam Den | Saratoga Springs, NY
October 8 | Rocks Off Concert Cruise | New York, NY
October 14 | Capital Ale House | Richmond, VA
October 15 | Martin's Downtown | Roanoke, VA
October 28 | North Star Bar | Philadelphia, PA
October 31 | Rams Head Live | Annapolis, MD
November 4 | Thunderbird Cafe | Pittsburg, PA
Novermber 5 | The 8x10 | Baltimore, MD
Novermber 9 | Westcott Theater | Syracuse, NY
November 10 | Beachland Ballroom & Tavern | Cleveland, OH
Novermber 11 | Birdys | Indianapolis, IN
Novermber 26 | World Cafe at The Queen Live | Wilmington, DE
December 3 | Middle East Upstairs | Cambridge, MA
December 12 | State Theater | Falls Church, VA