Originally formed in 2006, UK fuzz rockers Stubb recorded a three-song demo called Dropout Sessions in 2007 before exchanging rhythm sections. Guitarist/vocalist Jack Dickinson remained, and in 2009, drummer Chris West and bassist Pete Holland (both also of Trippy Wicked and the Cosmic Children of the Knight) joined on, giving Stubb a new trio dynamic and more or less a new start.
There’s reportedly an album already recorded from the Dickinson/Holland/West lineup (no confirmation on whether “Dickinson Holland West” was considered as a moniker for the band) of Stubb, and they’ve made their first recorded output — an unmastered track called “Scale the Mountain” — available for streaming for anyone who wants to check it out. Take a listen on the player below.
Comparing it to the demo, which you can hear on Stubb‘s Bandcamp page, some of the classic rock worship has been replaced by meatier riffing. No doubt Holland helped in this, but Dickinson still retains identity in both his guitar and vocals, and West‘s crash provides cathartic drive to the overarching groove of the song.
In the true On the Radar spirit, this is just a heads up on the band. According to Dickinson, who posted notice of the band and song here, the finished mix is expected in the next couple weeks and the master shortly thereafter. Good news as far as I’m concerned. Going from “Scale the Mountain,” I’m looking forward to seeing what this trio can do over the course of a whole album.
Tags: London, Stubb, UK, Unsigned bands