RESINATORS with Rhymestone and DJ CHOCOLATE at Ted's Wrecking Yard (549 College), Friday (May 25). $8.
the resinators have one goal in
mind -- to bring the dub. Oh, and maybe rough it up a bit with jungle, punk and house elements.
And when they hit the stage Friday (May 25), they'll be exploring some of their own history.
The Toronto dub quintet's original turntable and sample technician, MSG, makes a one-night guest appearance after leaving the group six months ago to become sound technician for the New Deal.
No harm done, though. The Resinators -- including new decks and samples man Jesta -- have performed more times in that six-month period than they did in the group's first five years.
In fact, low-end provider J-Bass says it was Jesta who gave the Resinators the wake-up call they needed.
"He brings something new, a fresh vibe to every rehearsal or gig, and he was responsible for lighting a fire under us in the last six months," he says during a long-weekend rest.
"We counted on MSG to provide so much to the show, because basically, the samples contain the message. But Jesta brings a new, young element."
Along with Jesta, the Resinators lineup includes J-Bass, guitarist GFX Dub, mixmaster Mountain Dred and legendary dub and reggae percussionist/vocalist Raffa Dean. Since each performance is mixed live onstage by Mountain Dred, it's the group's claim that no two shows are alike.
"We're making a conscious effort to bring studio-based music to the stage," J-Bass says. "At the same time, there's that improv element where you're free to create in the moment. It's when you allow the accidents to happen that the dub really takes over."
The band continue to sell their first indie album, Live Dub Experience, at shows and plan to release their second by the fall. They admit to being soldiers of dub amid a sea of either rock or reggae purists.
"We want to break down those barriers," J-Bass explains. "Why can't reggae be played in rock clubs and vice versa? Why can't dub and reggae be a part of everyone's everyday lives?
"It takes a lot of energy to keep five or six people concentrated on one project for a long time, and this is a tough city."