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!