Lee Scratch Perry and Subatomic Sound System

Lee Scratch Perry and Subatomic Sound System

The Forwards, Bobby Babylon

Sun · January 21, 2018

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

$20 advance/ $22 day of

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Lee Scratch Perry and Subatomic Sound System
Lee Scratch Perry and Subatomic Sound System
a reimagining of his genre-defining 1976 dub reggae classic Super Ape!

As part of the "Super Ape Returns To Conquer" album tour, Lee "Scratch" Perry will perform his reincarnated Super Ape album in its entirety with NYC's Subatomic Sound System, his hybrid band of new school electronics and veteran Jamaican musicians from Perry's Black Ark era recordings. They will also perform brand new music like their recent single "Black Ark Vampires" and other classics from Perry's work with the likes of Bob Marley, Max Romeo, and many more.

Lee "Scratch" Perry & Subatomic Sound System's acclaimed new album "Super Ape Returns To Conquer" http://bit.ly/SS033s is a bold re-imagining of his 1976 masterpiece Super Ape heralded as his best work in the 40 years, topping both reggae and electronic charts. Based on over a year's worth of anniversary live performances with his touring band of the last 7 years, the album brings together the best of Perry's Jamaican production style with the bass heavy styling of NYC's Subatomic Sound System heard on track like their 2015 single "Black Ark Vampires" http://bit.ly/BAVss

Producer, mixer and Grammy-winning reggae dub artist, Lee “Scratch” Perry has been overturning tradition and confounding conventional wisdom for more than five decades. In the process, the widely acknowledged father of dub reggae became arguably the first creatively driven "artist-producer" in modern recorded music. In 2004, Rolling Stone Magazine ranked Perry on their list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.

Born in Jamaica in 1936, Lee Perry began in the music business in the 1950’s and by the 1960’s became known for his innovative production techniques as well as his eccentric character. His first single "People Funny Boy" in 1968 was notable for its innovative use of sampling as well as a fast, chugging beat that would soon become identifiable as "reggae". Concurrent with his own releases with the Upsetters, Perry produced numerous reggae artists at his Black Ark studio, including Bob Marley and the Wailers, The Heptones, and Max Romeo.

After his famed Black Ark Studio was consumed by fire, Perry took refuge in England and the U.S., performing live and making records with collaborators from a wide range of musical genres, all artists who had been inspired by his innovative work: British dub producers Adrian Sherwood and Mad Professor, punk legends The Clash and Public Image, rap innovators the Beastie Boys, and in recent years the Rolling Stones' Keith Richards, Funkadelic's George Clinton, rocker Andrew W.K., electronic artists like The Orb, and of course NYC bass music specialists Subatomic Sound System who back in 2007 collaborated with Dubblestandart on Scratch's first dubstep remixes.

For over seven years in the USA, Subatomic Sound System has been Scratch's go to band for bringing his Black Ark Studio sound live to the stage, a unique hybrid configuration that brings together a handful of live musicians like legendary Jamaican percussionist Larry McDonald (Peter Tosh, Bob Marley, The Skatalites, Gil Scot Heron) with computers and live dub mixing of classic recordings as well as brand new sounds Scratch hears from outer space. Lee “Scratch” Perry, now into his sixth decade as a pop-music provocateur, has few peers when it comes to fresh ideas and their implementation. Perry remains one of the world’s most imaginative sonic architects and live show with Subatomic Sound System in support of "Super Ape Returns To Conquer" is proof that at age of 81, he continues to break ground.

Subatomic Sound System and the Subatomic Sound label, NYC dub and bass music specialists, sound revolutionaries, and founders of Dub Champions festival. Touring worldwide as DJ, live performance, or backing band for Lee Scratch Perry.
The Forwards
Bobby Babylon
Venue Information:
2549 North Howard Street
Baltimore, MD, 21218