|Benji Webbe of Dub War
There will be a rare chance to catch classic alternative metal band Dub War as they play a one-off Christmas Show gig at Newport’s Six Feet Under in Stow Hill this weekend.
The band who were formed in Newport in 1993 offered an innovative mix of punk, ragga and metal and subsequently released release two albums, Pain, in 1995 and The Wrong Side of Beautiful in 1996.
Dub War split in 1999 following creative differences with their label Ear ache Records, but lead singer Benji Webbe along with drummer Martin Ford and Bass Player Ritchie Glover went on to form an early line-up of Skindred with whom Webbe still performs with.
Of returning with his old band for their first in 18 years, Webbe says: “The Newport alternative scene once had amazing Christmas shows with the likes of Cheap Sweaty Fun who used to put shows on. After losing TJ’s and the fact that I’m home this Christmas, we thought let’s resurrect this mastodon and have a good old knees up Port-style!”
Webbe admits rehearsing with Dub War once again has brought back “Fun Memories”. “We are digging up the first albums more raw side that first got interest from labels back in the early days”
Webbe says he is likely to revisit the sounds of Dub War with Skindred during 2015, “We are hoping to fit some Dub War material in at festivals this coming year, but this will be our last club show in Wales, I know that much.”
The Dub War gig will take place at The Bassment in Six Feet Under on December 27 from 7.30pm. Tickets are available from Newport outlets Diverse Music and Kriminal Records.