The Show: Wednesday, December 26, 2002
A D V E R T I S E M E N T
A D V E R T I S E M E N T
Wreck Room

By Ken Shimamoto

Congratulations! You made it through this year of economic uncertainty, election foolishness, and war fever. You deserve a party. How best to celebrate? Try spending New Year’s Eve with Denton dub magicians Sub Oslo.

Dub was the late-’60s brainchild of pioneering Jamaican engineers like King Tubby and Lee “Scratch” Perry, who re-mixed the instrumental tracks of reggae singles to create a spacey, minimalist groove. It’s mind-expanding body music, built around the deepest pulse imaginable, with heavy atmospherics from added effects like reverb and echo. (Old punkers might have some awareness of dubwise culture from the Clash’s dabblings in the style around Sandinista! time.)

Formed in 1996 by bassist Miguel Veliz and drummer Quincy Holloway, Sub Oslo is the avowed favorite band of lots of Fort Worth musos and scenesters, in spite of the fact that the band has been hard to find on local stages of late. As exploratory as a 1970s Miles Davis album, their music is totally improvised and re-mixed on the spot by engineer John Nuckels, with swirling visuals by Paul Baker. Live, a single piece can last up to an hour, as the eight band members listen and react to one another. The resultant sensory experience can be hypnotic and entrancing, for those with the attention span for the journey. Those in search of slam-bang rock action, however, would probably fare better elsewhere.

A Sub Oslo performance is filled with the thrill of discovery and the promise of new possibilities — not unlike the new year itself.

Tue at the Wreck Room, 3208 W 7th St, FW. 817-348-8303.


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