The Dub Pistols formed in the mid-90s out of the chaos and energy erupting from the Heavenly Social-spawned big beat scene. Barry Ashworth had been in indie-dance outfit Deja Vu, who scored with their cover of the Woodentops Why Why Why, while Jason was half of Wall Of Sound duo Ceasefire with noted reprobate Derek Dahlarge. The pair appreciated the vast musical earthquakes going back to the late 50s when ska was born, determined to mirror their wildly-diverse tastes in similar fashion to heroes like The Clash and Specials, who spectacularly broke out of punks confines to embrace other musical forms like reggae.
Few bands can raise a roof or ignite a festival crowd with more rabble-rousing aplomb than this crew. They recently supported The Specials, in Brixton, during the latters phenomenal come-back tour last year.Dub Pistols then embarked on a national tour before a hectic string of festival dates, including Glastonbury, Bestival, Glade, Beautiful Days, Rock Ness and Bloom.
This is part of my site The 'Gerald that I set up in a fury of excitement when I first came to Folkestone in approximately 2004. I'd been a frequent visitor for a while before that so I am technically one of those Down From Londons you get now. The site was a lot more dynamic with a calendar of events and voting for favourite venues and things, + I know it was a useful reference for others who were thinking of moving here. Now I've moved out of Folkestone again (though only a couple of miles) it doesn't get as much attention as it used to. Ironic really as The town is now becoming the exciting place we always thought it was just about to. My name is not Gerald by the way, this comes from a fake newspaper in an episode of The Day Today or something, the Portsmouth Gerald, + how there is a local newspaper here called the Folkestone Herald. Puns like this are great aren't they? Do get in touch if you have anything to offer, email anythign @ this domain, or try @folkestone or @pauly on the twitter.