Unquestionably one of the UK’s most exhilarating and refined live acts, northern reggae/dub collective Gentlemans Dub Club have deservedly gained a solid reputation amongst music fans the world over.
From regular, stand out performances at some of the most coveted music festivals to releasing numerous critically acclaimed records, the group have succeeded in achieving the highest status within the British reggae scene, dominating for well over a decade.
Consisting of members Jonathan Scratchley on vocals, percussionists Tommy Evans and Niall Lavelle, Luke Allwood on keys, Nick Tyson on guitar, Toby Davies on bass and synths, brass section Matt Roberts and Kieren Gallagher, and sound man Harry Devenish, the prolific 9-piece first came together in 2006 whilst studying at university in Leeds. Meeting regularly at a monthly dub event held in the city – SubDub (run by legendary soundsystem crew Iration Steppas), the group discovered a shared passion for reggae and dub culture, and soon set about forming what would become Gentlemans Dub Club.
Three years later, in 2009, the band’s debut EP, ‘Members Only’ was released via London-based independent record label Ranking Records, owned by members Harry Devenish and Toby Davies. Showcasing their unique, self-proclaimed ‘dancefloor reggae’ sound, the record struck a note with fans, critics and tastemakers alike.
Word of the group quickly began to spread, with the likes of ‘Rebel Dread’ Don Lett’s, David Rodigan MBE and BBC Radio 1’s Huw Stephens championing the collective. It wasn’t long before all nine members found themselves on the road performing relentlessly across the UK and beyond, whilst simultaneously creating new material that would later appear on the band’s first full length record – 2013’s ‘FOURtyFOUR’.
The groups sophomore album ‘The Big Smoke’ was released in 2015 via New York based reggae/dub label, Easy Star Records (The Skints, Lutan Fyah, Jesse Royal) and signalled the start of a highly productive era for the band.
GDC have since released a further 3 LP’s, 2017’s ‘Dubtopia’, 2018’s ‘Pound for Pound’ and ‘Lost in Space’ released in 2019, with two additional remixed editions of ‘The Big Smoke’ and ‘Pound for Pound’ also being issued. The records feature appearances and collaborations with some of the most recognised names within the reggae/dub scene, including Fat Freddy’s Drop, Prince Fatty, Hollie Cook, Lady Chann, Horseman, Joe Dukie, Shapeshifter and Mungos Hifi, with many of the LP’s still charting within the top 40 of the Itunes store album reggae charts.
From supporting the likes of UB40, Roots Manuva, The Streets and The Wailers, to performing infront of huge audiences at some of the worlds most renowned music festivals, such as Glastonbury, Bestival, Outlook Festival (co-founded by vocalist Jonathan Scratchley) and Boomtown, where the group appeared infront of 100,000 doting fans, this band have quite literally done it all.
Do not miss your chance to see this stalwart of the UK’s dub music scene at Highest Point 2021, on Saturday 15th May.
Tickets are now on sale at Skiddle.com
Image credit: Gentlemans Dub Club