Grimy Styles, Austin-based instrumental dub roots reggae outfit, is excited to announce the release of debut album, 'Rewind,' and accompanying tour set to kick off June 13th with 16 dates confirmed in New Mexico, Arizona, California, Utah, Colorado and Texas.
Formed in 2001 with keyboardist Martin Moeller, Grimy Styles expanded to their current quartet with Matt Beebe (guitarist), Jacob Benenate (drums) and Chris Nerren (bass) to record their live debut, 'Restoration of the Bathouse' in 2004.
As Grimy Styles refines their self-proclaimed "melting pot" sound, they use the dub roots reggae genre as a platform to develop what has become their signature sound. "We call it global dub music because it's exactly that," explains Moeller. "Whether it's Middle Eastern or American Soul or Jamaican Reggae, Afro pop, Afro beat – it all comes together." Furthermore Grimy Styles applies a progressive approach to their live performances using cutting edge mixing techniques and unique onstage signal processing, rewarding both the careful listener and recreational dancer with imaginative soundscapes. "You feel the music in your heart and your head or your hips and your legs," clarifies Beebe. "With no vocals in dub music, it's open to your own interpretation."
Their new album, 'Rewind' captures a bold, panoramic vision of dub now synonymous with Grimy Styles. Seeking to create an album that carried the spontaneity of its dub predecessors yet remain deeply rooted in structure, Grimy eschews the dub tradition of one-take processing on a rhythm track for slightly less conventional studio techniques. Slamming an old spring reverb on the floor, plucking the strings of a shabby upright piano, or running takes backwards through the tape machine was all part of a normal day's work for the band during the Rewind sessions.
Intricate descriptions of 'Rewind' aside, the music is very easy to listen to. "Something we were going for was to create an album that works as a 'household LP': You can throw it on without having to think about it and know you'll have nice background music," says Moeller. He adds that if you really want to tune in however, you should put on headphones and "you can probably find new things every time you listen to it."
Having recently shared the stage with the likes of dub legend Mad Professor and Lee Scratch Perry, an internationally acclaimed innovator of the dub movement, Grimy Styles has rapidly risen to the forefront of the Austin music scene with a growing, loyal fan-base. Grimy hopes to expand their following beyond Austin with their upcoming tour.
The tour launches in Albuquerque, New Mexico on June 13, and has nearly nightly shows booked throughout the Western US. Grimy Styles closes the tour in the comfort of their hometown Austin, Texas on June 30.