This four piece hand from Reading have become figureheads in the genre of music known as dub. Formed in 1991 by some of the originators of the reggae /free festival cross-over scene they have constantly been at the forefront of some of the most imaginative and diverse sounds around.
Frontman, bass player and songwriter Steve Swann has worked with and been part of such luminaries as the 'Kaya Collective' (1983), 'Military Surplus' (1984), Radical Dance Faction (1984), Dub The Earth (1987), Hi Tech Roots Dynamics (1991) and a founding member of Revolutionary Dub Warriors (199l).
Keyboard player and songwriter Richard Patterson has featured and played in most of the same bands as Steve Swann resulting in a special musical understanding only obtainable after a considerable amount of time working together, giving the Revolutionary Dub Warriors their own unique fluid sound.
Drummer Kevin Maxwell is a self taught musician who is also house drummer at The Theatre Royal. Kevin has also heen part of many session and touring bands playing many diverse styles of music to an incredibly high standard.
Percussionist Paul Tillotson started his musical career as a vocalist and bass player with various anarcho-punk bands, followed by a succession of bands and multi-media projects before switching from bass to playing the Djembe drum from West Africa. Paul played with various dub outfits before joining the Revolutionary Dub Warriors in August 1995.
The Revolutionary Dub Warriors sound is that of raw roots reggae dubbed up in their own unique way. The band use live drums, bass and percussion but are not afraid to use electronic effects and instruments to enhance the mesmerising effect of their music.
In the studio their tribal rhythms coupled with the talents of Adrian Sherwood and Skip McDonald on the mixing desk have brought a new and exciting edge to their music.
Live the Revolutionary Dub Warriors continue to wow audiences over the U.K. and mainland Europe with exhilarating rhythms and exploding dub excursions guarenteed to get even the most Iaid-back patrons dancing.
Since their formation in 1991 the Revolutionary Dub Warriors have played venues as diverse as small pub gigs to huge outdoor events, always to a raptuous reception. They have also supported some of the finest exponents of the reggae and dance cross-over outfits such as Lee 'Scratch' Perry, Dub Syndicate, African Headcharge, The Mad Professor, Third World, Gary Clail, Culture, lsrael Vibration, as well as forging strong links with the likes of Transglobal Underground, Fundamental, Zion Train, Iration Steppa's and Back To The Planet.