Eye on the horizon 26.4.2010

So…Dreadzones sixth studio album is released this week and though it has been a long time coming some will understand why.. although it is still probably best if we don’t take as long next time (we wont). It’s been some journey , a time of reflection and rebuilding, of new beginnings and positivity, an honest trek through moments so intertwined with music and writing that the emotion has been able to channel into some pretty truthful songs. This album encompasses elements of dread past and present, whilst facing forward to a sound future…the eye is on the horizon.  It’s where we have found ourselves as songwriters, something thats been growing over the years. it was a conscious decision to do that..maybe because we had so much to say,like a kind of cathartic release, but more likely because the vocalists are so embedded in the dread sound now.
Spee and I have spent a fair amount of time as sound system traveling and band touring best mates.. we have both lost our brothers, are both gemini monkeys alike and are keen explorers of word and melody. We embrace the role of songwriting and the input from the band setup has been the ideal setting… Earl Sixteens distinctive voice is another reason why we set our sights high, giving us inspiration to extend the harmonic range. Melody has risen up from various sources , inspired in places by the guitar work of new man Chris Compton that fills the album…and of course the rhythm section ,twenty five years strong now, laying down the foundation of organic and technologic.  As well as the band i am well pleased with the contribution from my son Marlon, who played some significant keyboard parts, also the involvement of my co founder of Dreadzone Tim Bran, who mixed half of the album. On mix duties as well is an old friend who we worked with on the Biological Radio album, Adam Wren, who is also renown for mixing half of Leftism. The third man in the mix is a new cohort for us in soundscaping, Nicky D’Silva aka Inchie (Ctrl Z and Pyramid) who brought his sonic weight to bear on three tracks.Together they made the simple production approach come to life and complimented the variation of sound. Respect is due to the part band member Chris Oldie played for enabling the recording and processing with love and dedication ,the extra ears on backup. Spee’s old vocal partner Sweetie Irie crops up on one track and our good friend Marcie supplies breathtaking vocal backup on 2 tunes… and one track we kept my late brother Steve’s guitar in there and used it on a reprise for him at the end of American dread…  The last few years have been a real emotional rollercoaster..but things feel better because we love this record ,its been my salvation and to hear all the love and positive feedback for it so far is the definition of real happiness. x