When I was first invited to a local concert, tagged with the words "sort of punk, sort of rock, sort of celtic", I was skeptical. However, the celtic part of the description intrigued me, so I came on to Amazon and looked the band up. Real World was the first album listed, so I figured I'd take a quick listen to see if I'd be interested in going to the show. With the opening of the title track, I was hooked. I immediately said "ok, let's go" and we headed out to the show. When I think back now how close I was to missing an incredible show - I almost kick myself.
From the first moment the dubs came on stage, I was entranced with their sound - starting with Dave's hypnotising drums. I've never seen someone so ... mellow produce such a thrashing good rhythm. Brendan's bass is rock solid...in a fluid way. Bob is a chameleon as his guitar produces such a variety of intriguing sound textures and patterns. Chas's rip-roaring fiddle has you dancing in spite of yourself. (hilarious to see how many hairs were hanging off the bow even after the first song - he must have to restring that thing every other show!) And Keith's strong vocals aren't even a match for his charisma and energy. If you ever have a chance to get to a dubs show, DO IT!
If you can't get to a show, get this album! If you *can* get to a show, get this album anyway! It was well worth the cost and has a great variety of sounds, moods, energies, and textures to entertain the most fickle of audiences. Thank goodness I clicked on the Real World link to decide if I wanted to go to the show! After the show, I bought Real World. Since listening to the CD nonstop for at LEAST four months, I waited and waited to hear when they were coming back to Fairbanks. I found out at the last minute (the day of the first show - and day before the last show) the dubs had returned (a year later) and couldn't contain my excitement. Imagine how lack luster and empty my life would be if I hadn't been introduced to the dubs! (Hey, I do live in Fairbanks, Alaka after all!) This album gets me through those long Alaska winter days. :)