Line-up /The Bug & Warrior Queen (UK), Nam Shub of Enki, Samedi Soundsystem, Delstar, Citizen, Swob, Walrii, Danck, Lao Mirador
Dank Morass and Monster Mash (in conjunction with Civil Society & 4ZzZ 102.1FM) are proud to present the debut Brisbane show for Kevin Martin's epic dubstep project The Bug. The Bug currently stands in the centre of the UK dubstep scene, but his history as an artist plumbing the depths of sinister, bass heavy music stems back more than two decades. Martin's projects have shaped the sound of the UK underground and in his latest incarnation he has produced one of the quintessential albums of the burgeoning dubstep genre, London Zoo (Ninja Tune, 2008).
The sound of The Bug is monstrous. Martin's epic production distils the elements of dancehall, noise, grime and hip-hop and combines them to produce a sonic explosion of devastating proportions. He cuts up pounding bass, driving rhythms and dancehall beats with stunning vocals from the likes of Tippa Irie, Rick Ranking, Flowdan and the irrepressible Warrior Queen, who joins The Bug on stage as the vocalist for this tour.
This night of bass mayhem will commence early, from 4pm, allowing Brisbane to round off its Australia Day long weekend with one of the most overwhelming sonic assaults in the world today - even if you have to work on the Tuesday! Be advised that the Dank Morass & Monster Mash crews have organized additional sound and lighting rigs for this one-off, epic performance. dB levels will be pushed to the limit so ear plugs (and a spare pair of shorts) are highly recommended.
The Bug AKA Kevin Martin's long resume of projects include Techno Animal, Ice and God (all with Justin Broadrick of Napalm Death and Godflesh), Curse of the Golden Vampire (with Broadrick and Atari Teenage Riot's Alec Empire) and many more. Other collaborators in his esteemed career include John Zorn, El-P, Blixa Bargeld and Antipop Consortium.
Amidst a synthesis of diverse genres, The Bug places a 21st-century twist on reggae's Babylonian rhetoric, embedding biting commentary on society in the midst of the pulsating basslines. Tracks from London Zoo are certified dancefloor killers, at the same time being compared to the "rage-filled exuberance of such classic state-of-the-world addresses as Specials, Marvin Gaye's What's Going On and Black Flag's Damaged" (The Observer)
Originally Hailing from Jamaica, Warrior Queen will join The Bug on stage as his MC for the show. She has an extensive body of work in dancehall, garage, dubstep and beyond, including collaborations with Skream and DJ Zinc. She has voiced the iconic Bug single "Poison Dart" as well as the stunning album track "Insane". The Bug and Warrior Queen are currently completing a series of US dates with Nine Inch Nails.
THE BUG & WARRIOR QUEEN (UK/Ninja Tune/Hyperdub)
Nam Shub of Enki (Monster Zoku Onsomb)
Frosty (Hard Graft)
Samedi Soundsystem (4ZzZ)
Citizen vs Delstar
Swob (Dank Morass)
Walrii vs Danck (Dank Morass)
Lao Mirador (4ZzZ)
Monday, January 26th (Australia Day public holiday)
doors open at 4pm (gig should finish around midnight for those who have to work on Tuesday)
Step Inn in main downstairs room
(cnr Brunswick St & St Pauls Tce, Fortitude Valley)
$20 pre-sold from Rocking Horse Records, Butter Beats, http://www.oztix.com.au and all Oztix outlets
$25 on the door if available