Back in 2002, my wife/lead singer/collaborator Dunia and I left our home in NYC for the sunnier skies of Los Angeles. It was a bittersweet move, because we had to leave behind our awesome neosoul/jazz band Brave New Girl. Fortunately, our friend Noah connected us with another East Coast musician, Matt Urbania, who had just moved out to LA as well. Together, the three of us and Dunia's brother Ahmed formed a band called Dubistry, which aimed to take elements of reggae, punk, breakbeats and jazz and fuse them into something new. We recorded a demo and played a lot of gigs, and even cut a little acoustic track, Roll Away, which was on a bunch of compilations and soundtracks, but we never recorded a proper studio album.
In 2007, we moved back east, and so did Matt, so we started Brave New Girl up again, this time with him in addition to our BNG co-founder Todd Nocera. We started gigging, and put out some recordings, including our 2013 EP, Thanks for Being on the Show. But we missed the reggae vibe of Dubistry, so we starting gigging under both names with the same personnel, sometimes playing soul/jazz sets as BNG and other times playing reggae-oriented shows as Dubistry.
This summer, we finally got Dubistry into the studio to produce the band's first official album. In addition to Todd, Matt, Dunia and myself, we were joined by a great drummer named Rashad Randolph, and by Dunia's mother, the legendary Ahmondylla Best, on percussion. We decided to do it right, and recorded at Orange Studios, a beautiful facility in NJ owned by bassist/producer extraordinaire Bill Laswell. We worked will Bill's engineer James Dellatacoma, and got to play with all kinds of great vintage recording gear, including an original Echoplex.
Last week, we finally released the fruits of our labor: Dubistry's first album, Fuel for the Fire. It was worth the wait. For my part, I think this is the best musical recording I've ever put out, and I know other band members feel the same way. The songs are great, the playing is relaxed but tight, and the production is top-notch. I'm really proud and excited to be able to share this music with the world.
Please check the album out. You can stream it freely on Spotify, YouTube, and any number of places. You can download it for free, or for any price you think is appropriate, from Bandcamp. You can buy high-quality MP3s from CDBaby, iTunes, and elsewhere. Pretty soon, you'll also be able to buy CDs and listen to the music on Pandora. Our songs are also Creative Commons licensed, so feel free to share them noncommercially with your friends and networks (the only exception is the final track, "Blue," which is Dunia's reggaelicious arrangement of the Joni Mitchell classic).
If you like what you hear, please spread the word. Also, you can check out our other music. We took those old Dubistry tracks from LA and put them out under separate cover, on an EP called "Freeway." Also, Brave New Girl has a pretty deep catalog. We're particularly proud of the album No One Ever Said.
Thanks for listening!