Dub Trio’s third studio album, Another Sound Is Dying, finds drummer Joe Tomino, bassist Stu Brooks and guitarist D.P. Holmes working again with producer/engineer Joel Hamilton. The 14 massive tracks showcase Dub Trio’s chops and vocabulary (all three members are also seasoned session players) as they pummel with wrecking-ball force on tunes that simultaneously embrace metal, dub, punk and reggae while pushing all of the above into dazzlingly unfamiliar areas.
While again a mostly instrumental set, Another Sound Is Dying features a return vocal cameo from Ipecac co-owner/art-rock jack-of-all-trades Mike Patton. The musicians’ first collaboration, “Not Alone,” appeared on Dub Trio’s 2006 album, New Heavy, as well as the eponymous debut that same year from Patton’s Peeping Tom project; and when he took Peeping Tom on the road, Brooks, Tomino and Holmes became the only constant members in Patton’s backing band.
Their 2004 debut album for ROIR, Exploring the Dangers of, testified to Dub Trio’s jaw-dropping live skills: the album was literally recorded as a live-dub experiment. But with New Heavy, the trio made good on their album’s title, creating a metallic K.O. grounded in serious low-end theory. That year’s Peeping Tom tour, in which they shared stages with the likes of Gnarls Barkley and The Who while opening for and being part of the headlining act, proved that Dub Trio’s sound crossed genre and audience barriers as much as it bridged them.
A live album for ROIR, Cool Out And Coexist, kicked off 2007; and between session work–the members have recorded with 50 Cent, Mos Def, Common, the Fugees, Tupac and Matisyahu among others–and tours with artists such as Gogol Bordello, Clutch and Helmet, Dub Trio teamed with Ipecac to unleash Another Sound Is Dying. As much as the album continues the louder, heavier progression of New Heavy, it also finds Dub Trio melding their preferred styles into a sound that’s at once bigger and more cohesive than ever.