Dub Apocalypse is an instrumental dub reggae band from
Boston, MA. Band members are Tommy Benedetti-drums,Van
Martin-guitar,Johnny Trama-guitar,Aaron Bellamy-bass,and
Timo Shanko-sax/bass. The band came together in 2007, led
by drummer Tommy Benedetti and guitarist, Johnny
Trama.Tommy Benedetti is one of the founding members of
American Reggae Pioneers,John Brown’s Body. He brings a
wealth of experience from the reggae/dub scene to the
table,having recorded albums for the legendary Shanachie
Label,John Zorn’s Tzadik Label (mixed by Bill Laswell),and
is currently with John Brown’s Body on Easy Star Records.
This history is combined with almost 2 decades of
International touring,as well as backing some of the giants
of Jamaican music,including The Meditations and Justin
Guitarist Johnny Trama adds a soulful blues touch to the
Dub Apocalypse signature sound.Trama has spent time on the
road with the great Ron Levy, BB King’s organ player, as
well as many other regional rock and soul/r&b acts. Not
long after Dub Apocalypse came together, longtime friend
Timo Shanko entered the fold.A dual threat on both bass and
saxophone,Shanko is a veteran of the blues and free jazz
scene.He spent many years on the road with Blues legend,
Eddie Kirkland, as well as with G. Love and Special Sauce.
Shanko is also a prolific composer,and his improvisational
stylings are an integral part of the Dub Apocalypse sound.
Although DA started out as more of a collective,in the past
few years the lineup has solidified with the addition of
bassist Aaron Bellamy and guitarist Van Martin. Bellamy is
a longtime fixture in the Boston funk scene,and in
combination with Benedetti ,they form the deep,militant
sound at the core of Dub Apocalypse.
Originally hailing from Chicago,Van Martin rounds out the
lineup on guitar. Martin has much touring experience as
well, including appearances with Bernie Worrell and Big
Daddy Kane. His sonic textures,adventurous playing and
songwriting have helped Dub Apocalypse take their sound to
a new level. The DA sound is an evolving mix of original
compositions and their own interpretations of classic
Jamaican and UK songs and dub plates. Heavy hitting drum
and bass grooves set the table. A twin guitar attack, with
Trama’s rhythmic anchor,and Martin’s dub sonics, swirl in
and out in tandem. These pieces, combined with Timo
Shanko’s Coltrane inspired sax approach, give Dub
Apocalypse a sound that is truly their own.
The band has appeared at many clubs and festivals
throughout New England.They’ve won a Boston Music
Award,were named “One of 10 Local Acts You Need To Hear
Now” by The Improper Bostonian,and have one of the most
popular and longest running weekly residencies in
Boston.Dub Apocalypse released their first cd, “Road To
Oblivion” in March 2015.The cd release will be followed by
an International release on vinyl through Mnemonic Dojo
Records out of the UK.
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