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Bad Brains "I and I Survived" (Dub)

By Philip Booth


Bad Brains, reggae-tinted guitar thrashers before that sort of thing was cool, or lucrative, reunited in 1995 to record for Madonnaís label; the disc stiffed and the support tour was marred by ego clashes. Two decades after their cassette-only debut, and following the release of this yearís hard-to-find "Soul Brains" live disc, the heaviest of the heavy are back. Charismatic singer H.R. is in absentia for the Washington, D.C. bandís first-ever dub project.

Gary "Dr. Know" Millerís chain-sawing six-string volleys duly surface in remakes of 1983ís "How Low Can a Punk Get?" and 1989ís "Gene Machine." Elsewhere, itís about soul-deep grooves and trippy atmospherics, chill-out music deserving of respect in the morning, after the voyage back down. Horn lines linger in the air at the start of "Jah Love" before echoing into the soundscape and making way for the rhythmic incantations of Daryl Jeniferís bass thud and delay and drummer Earl Hudsonís reverberating snare thwack.

"I and I Survive," also from 1983 and an apropos comment on the musiciansí faith in their cause, like several other tracks here is all rootsy riddims, jazzy back-and-forth riffs and alternating rhythm and brass drop-outs, and earthy keyboards - in other words, the classic dub vibe. The "Shiner Massive" mix of the title track does it edgier, with more sonic abrasives and mini-raps. Feels real. Feels right.

-- Philip Booth

This review was originally published in CMJ New Music Monthly

Philip Booth, a musician and journalist based in Tampa, FL, writes about music and film for the St. Petersburg Times, Down Beat, Jazziz, Billboard, CMJ New Music Monthly, Miami New Times and other publications. He may be contacted at

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