Rock-reggae pioneers Long Beach Dub Allstars have returned with their first new album in nearly 20 years. The punk/ska/reggae outfit, which was born out of the ashses of Sublime following Bradley Nowell‘s death in 1996, saw their first studio release since 2001 rocket to #1 on the iTunes Alternative album chart upon release.

LBDA consists of Opie Ortiz (vocals), Jack Maness (piano), Edwin Kampwirth (bass), Sublime contributor Michael “Miguel” Happoldt (guitar), former Sublime drummer Marshall “Ras MG” Goodman (drums, turntables, percussion), Tim Wu (saxophone, flute, vocals), and Roger Rivas (organ)

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Long Beach Dub Allstars shows a band that has been hard at work since reuniting in 2012 following a breakup that lasted nearly 10 years. The band’s blend of multiple genres including punk, reggae, ska, dub, rock, hip hop, and more shines through, and presents them as the forefathers of the scene that other crossover acts have inherited. With lyrics from principal songwriter Opie Ortiz, the group explores such modern themes as the crisis of gun violence in the United States on “Youth”. The album also chronicles the personal journeys such as the mourning of lost friends on “Owens Brothers”, or the passing of Ortiz’s mother on “Dream”. Of course, this 10-track album also contains the type of feel good party anthems that bred the Long Beach sound, featured on songs like “Tell Me”.

“We haven’t released a full-length album since 2001 so this a paramount release for us.”  Opie Ortiz said. “This album will show fans exactly where we are right now as a band and I feel like this album feels like a classic Long Beach Dub record from the moment it starts playing.”

Listen to Long Beach Dub Allstars, the band’s first studio release since 2001.

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