Rock-reggae pioneers Long Beach Dub Allstars have released their self titled album at the end of May. The album is currently on all digital platforms and has made a huge splash debuting at #1 on the iTunes Alternative Charts. Long Beach Dub Allstars also charted at #28 on the overall iTunes chart and charted in Canada, Germany, and more.
It’s been 15 years since Long Beach Dub Allstars disbanded, but in 2016 the group continued their path of musical evolution and the legacy they started with Sublime. Now, after this lengthy hiatus, the Long Beach Dub Allstars have returned with their first new music in nearly two decades with a new album “Long Beach Dub Allstars”, which was recorded with producer Cameron Webb (NOFX, Mad Caddies) at his facility Maple Studios in Santa Ana, CA.
Celebrating family, the ones they’ve lost, and each other on their upcoming self-titled album, the Long Beach Dub Allstars have returned with a back to basics approach. The new album is 10 tracks deep and harnesses the feel-good vibrations and the SoCal musical roots of the band’s past, as the band puts everything into one musical melting pot of Reggae, Ska, Dub, Hip Hop, and Punk. The album takes the listener through a range of emotions with good-times anthems like “Tell Me”, while paying tribute to fallen friends and family on “Owen Brothers”, addressing the current level of gun violence that plagues America on “Youth”, or frontman Opie Ortiz reflecting on the passing of his mother on “Dream”. Collected together, the 10 songs add to the musical legacy of the Long Beach Dub Allstars and prove that these musical professors have honed in on their musical chops during their time out of the spotlight.
Today’s generation of reggae-rock fans may not fully understand how critical this group was to the Reggae-Rock genre following Sublime’s conclusion in 1996. They played at a time when social media was non-existent. There was no Youtube, Facebook, and this was before Myspace or even iTunes. They were the torchbearers of a genre that Sublime introduced and the original ‘Dub Allstars were involved in cultivating that Reggae-Rock sound.
You can purchase Long Beach Dub Allstar’s self-titled album in a limited edition red and yellow vinyl alongside t-shirts and CDs at Suburbax Xoize Records