LA’s Warbly Jets have been building buzz locally and nationally since the release of their debut single “Alive” last November. In addition to being named an Artist to Watch by KCRW and earning praise from both LA Weekly and LA Record, they’ve also racked up spins on Beats1 and KROQ, caught the attention of Liam Gallagher’s Pretty Green (who used “Alive” as the official song of its SS17 line), and landed slots opening for acts like The Dandy Warhols, The Mystery Lights, and Night Beats.
Now, Warbly Jets share their second single, “The Lowdown.” A snarling anthem meant to call out the music industry and its endless games, it’s the band’s way of saying that they’re here, and they’re here to stay. (Check it out below.)
“The Lowdown” was written last year, beginning with a backbeat and bass lick constructed by keyboardist Julien O’Neill. From there, the band added guitars, vocals, and additional melodies, along with a heavy dose of confidence and a playfully brash attitude. Inspired by their own experiences with the music industry at large — specifically the empty promises of stardom and money, all while major labels go bankrupt pumping out heartless music — “The Lowdown” is Warbly Jets’ way of asserting that they got where they are on their own, and they’re not going to wait for anyone to give them the green light.
Warbly Jets on Tour:
7/30: Denver, CO @ Lost Lake
8/2: Kansas City, MO @ Riot Room
8/3: Rock Island, IL @ RIBCO
8/4 – 8/5: Appleton, WI @ Mile of Music
8/6: Chicago, IL @ Schubas
8/8: Brooklyn, NY @ Baby’s All Right (Pond Magazine Presents)
8/9: Brooklyn, NY @ Baby’s All Right (Pond Magazine Presents)
8/10: Philadelphia, PA @ Kung Fu Necktie
8/11: Washington, D.C. @ DC9
8/15: Nashville, TN @ The Basement
8/19: Phoenix, AZ @ Valley Bar
8/20: San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar
9/5: London, ENG @ The Shacklewell Arms
9/12: London, ENG @ The Shacklewell Arms
9/19: London, ENG @ The Shacklewell Arms
9/25: London, ENG @ The Shacklewell Arms
Dub Pistols have spent the past 15 years winning over audiences globally with their infectious blend of ska, dub, hip-hop, electronic and punk. Now, Barry Ashworth and his motley crew are back with their fifth studio album, Worshipping The Dollar. Written on the road as a follow-up to 2009’s acclaimed Rum & Coke, the album will be released July 3rd on Sunday Best Recordings. Single “Mucky Weekend” features guest vocals from UK hip-hop legend Rodney P, who guests on several album tracks. The band released an electrically-charged video for the track that takes viewers on a fast-paced ride along with them for a night of mayhem. Check out the energetic “Mucky Weekend” video above.
Worshipping The Dollar sees a return to lyrical themes explored on earlier albums, with deeper, more conscious lyrics and what Ashworth describes as “a lot of food for thought.” The album’s title is taken from a track voiced by Akala, Ms Dynamite’s brother. “Living in squalor, worshipping the dollar, there is no flag large enough to wrap around the horror” — so runs a key lyric on the anti-war song ‘West End Stories,’ a scathing indictment of US imperialism. In addition to Rodney P, the album’s guest vocalists include Lindy Layton, who adds her smooth sound to “Rock Steady,” Barbados reggae legends Red Star Lion, who appear on the shimmering, horn-heavy track “Alive,” and London’s Dan Bowskill, plus regular Dubs MCs TK and Darrison. Having played sold-out shows across Europe, Dub Pistols were voted Best Live Act by DJ Mag last year and will continue to perform scores of live shows worldwide, kicking off with a handful of UK festivals this summer. Stay tuned for more from Dub Pistols as they invade the US!
Dub Pistols will be releasing their fifth album, Worshipping The Dollar, July 3rd via Sunday Best Recordings. The band was named “Best Live Act” by DJ Mag and has written music for the new Rob Lowe movie “Knife’s Edge.” Worshipping The Dollar features guest vocals from UK hip hop legend Rodney P and up-and-coming Barbados reggae act Red Star Lion.