Interview: Dub Trio’s Stu Brooks Talks Latest Album “The Shape Of Dub To Come”

I was recently given the opportunity to interview Stu Brooks about Dub Trio’s latest album “The Shape Of Dub To Come” and more. You can check out that chat below.

METAL ANARCHY: Your latest album “The Shape Of Dub To Come” has been out since April. How have fans been responding to the new material?

BROOKS: Some people have been saying it’s the best one yet. It feels great.

METAL ANARCHY: How did it feel to finally release a new album after eight years?

BROOKS: Cathartic. Eight years is too long.

METAL ANARCHY: For those that haven’t heard it yet, how would you describe the effort?

BROOKS: This album is a culmination of 20 years of playing together. It is our first album with other vocalists besides Mike Patton. It has King Buzzo from The Melvins, Troy Sanders from Mastodon and Meshell Ndgeocello, all as guest vocalists.

METAL ANARCHY: I think it’s pretty cool how the name of the album pays homage to Refused’s “The Shape Of Punk To Come.” What made you decide on the title?

BROOKS: Yeah and also Ornette Coleman’s “The Shape of Jazz to Come”. Our friend Troy Zeigler, drummer for Serj Tankian suggested it at dinner one night and I thought it was perfect because it is an accurate description of our bands mission to expand the scope of the genre.

METAL ANARCHY: One song I really dig from the album is “Fought The Line” featuring Mastodon’s Troy Sanders. How did that collaboration come about?

BROOKS: We met Troy back in 2006, when we were playing in Peeping Tom in Atlanta and we quickly became friends. In 2015, I sent him a few instrumentals and he was stoked to jump on a track. He’s a bro.

METAL ANARCHY: What are some of your personal favorite songs from the album?

BROOKS: “Computery” and “Life Signs”.

METAL ANARCHY: You guys were recently opening for Incubus. How were those shows?

BROOKS: Great pairing. Their audience is so diverse and everyone is there to rock out. Everybody is listening and open. The guys in Incubus and their crew were so cool to us.

METAL ANARCHY: Now you guys are going to be heading to Europe and Japan. What can fans expect from those shows?

BROOKS: We get a great response in Europe and we love playing there. On our headlining sets we usually play about 80 minutes. It’s nice we get to stretch out at times and give ourselves space to improvise. We’ll play songs from our entire catalog.

METAL ANARCHY: Lastly, what are your plans for 2020?

BROOKS: More touring and a new record. Hopefully we hit South America. We’re going to Europe again and we’re already working on the next record which will have some surprises!

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Dub Trio Premiere New Video For “Fought The Line” Feat. Mastodon’s Troy Sanders

Dub Trio have premiered a new video for their new song “Fought The Line.” This track features Mastodon’s Troy Sanders and it will appear on the band’s new album “The Shape Of Dub To Come” (out April 26).

Sanders told Heavy Consequence the following:

“‘Fought The Line‘ references struggle. It comes from a poem that I wrote inspired by a conversation I had with cancer itself. I stared at a face of beautiful, soft skin and assured this face, ‘I will take care of you.’

We’re fighting one battle together. I’m right there, if things fall into my hands. The verses were therapy venting my anger. When people are fighting for their lives, it’s very easy to go off the line. If death is reeling you in, then you have to fight and do anything in your power to overcome it. I just wanted to be there to support.”

Dub Trio Post Preview For New Album “The Shape Of Dub To Come”

Dub Trio have posted a preview for their new album “The Shape Of Dub To Come.” That effort will be released on April 26 and it will feature a few guests including Melvins’ Buzz Osborne, who guested on the recently released song “World Of Inconvenience,” Mastodon’s Troy Sanders, who guested on “Fought The Line,” and Meshell Ndegeocello, who guested on “Forget My Name.“

Dub Trio Premiere New Video For “World Of Inconvenience” Feat. Buzz Osborne (Melvins)

Dub Trio have premiered a new video for their new song “World Of Inconvenience.” This track features Buzz Osborne (Melvins) and it will appear on the band’s new album “The Shape Of Dub To Come” (out April 26). That effort will also feature Mastodon’s Troy Sanders on a song called “Fought The Line” and Meshell Ndegeocello on a song called. “Forget My Name.“

Bassist Stu Brooks said the following about collaborating with Osborne:

“We are an instrumental band. We’ve only ever had one guest on our albums, Mike Patton. ‘World Of Inconvenience‘ was going to live on the album as an instrumental but the sludge metal riff was screaming for Buzz. So as a last minute add, we reached out to him. He took the instrumental to his studio in L.A. and we gave him total creative freedom. The lyrics are like a puzzle or a code that can’t be cracked in just one listen.”

He also discussed the new album title:

“We were a dub/reggae band, and we started implementing what we thought was cool from Refused and bands like that. ‘The Shape Of Dub To Come‘ describes our whole method; applying dub as a process to virtually any style of music. The future of dub doesn’t have to be just reggae. It’s a process rather than a genre.”

Tour Dates:

05/09 Washington, DC – DC9
05/10 Philadelphia, PA – Kung Fu Necktie
05/11 Hamden, CT – Space Ballroom
05/12 Cambridge, MA – Middle East Upstairs
05/14 Brooklyn, NY – Saint Vitus
05/16 Asbury Park, NJ – The Saint
05/17 Burlington, Vermont – Higher Ground
05/18 East Durham, NY – Flyday Music Festival

Circa Survive & Dub Trio Cover Bob Marley’s “Chances Are” To Benefit Hurricane Relief Efforts In Puerto Rico & U.S. Virgin Islands

Circa Survive and Dub Trio have collaborated on a cover of Bob Marley’s “Chances Are.” Proceeds from the track will benefit hurricane relief efforts in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.