As they gear up to celebrate 20 years of unhinged lunacy, Dub Pistols return with ‘Crazy Diamonds’, the first track to be taken from their forthcoming seventh studio album released October 13 via Sunday Best. A typically raucous Dub Pistols track built for big fields and summer sound systems, ‘Crazy Diamonds’ features South London hip-hop duo Too Many T’s who smash it with their mystifying quick-witted lyrics that always hit the mark.
One of the hardest working bands in showbusiness, Barry Ashworth and his motley crew have added a much-needed swagger to the UK dance scene in recent years. Proudly working class as a band, Dub Pistols have been tearing up venues and festivals throughout their career. Inspired by the Second Summer of Love, the band were founded by ubiquitous Londoner Barry Ashworth in 1996 and have been at the forefront of beats culture ever since.
The band’s reputation as an explosive live act has seen them turn into super-tight festival regulars, with Dub Pistols headlining some of the biggest festivals in Europe including Glastonbury, Bestival and Beat-Herder. Their bass-driven live machine has seen them win numerous plaudits along the way and recent live guests have included vocalists Rodney P, Ragga Twins, MC Navigator, The Specials’ Terry Hall and Neville Staple. Dub Pistols have also turned their hand to the world of remixing and have remixed the likes of Ian Brown, Moby, Limp Bizkit, Korn and Bono and worked with hiphop legend Busta Rhymes. The band’s music has been used by Playstation and major Hollywood films.
Ashworth is also a much sought-after DJ which has won him many fans around the globe over the last 15 years. Additionally, he is founder of Westway Records, a London breakbeat and hip-hop label that’s put out releases from many currently-emerging artists from the UK dance music underground. He is currently working on a warts 'n' all documentary about the band’s career; a mix of archive and new footage that charts Dub Pistols’ strange journey from chancers to hot property to epic f**k-ups to unlikely triumph.
UK tour dates:
14th Oct POOLE Mr Kyps
3rd Nov MANCHESTER Sound Control
4th Nov LEICESTER The Shed
10th Nov LEEDS Brudenell Social Club
17th Nov GUILDFORD The Boileroom
18th Nov SOUTHAMPTON The 1865
23rd Nov BRIGHTON Concorde
24th Nov BATH Nest
25th Nov SWINDON Level 3
1st Dec PLYMOUTH The Hub
2nd Dec BARNSTAPLE The Factory
7th Dec LONDON Islington Academy
9th Dec PERRANPORTH The Watering Hole
15th Dec HITCHIN Club 85
16th Dec BIRMINGHAM Hare and Hounds