Zion Train are British dub reggae pioneers and known for the groundbreaking Follow Like Wolves single 1992, which fused Dub and Acid House styles. It is a band where mixing is an instrument just like drums or base, even live. They were one of the first bands to the practice advanced on-stage dub mixing (not only echoes). They started as a sound system in Oxford 1988 by Neil Perch, and Ben Hamilton, Colin Cod and Dave Tench joined 1990 after a relocation to London. The line-up was expanded with the vocalist Molara 1992. Their first studio album A Passage to Indica was released 1993 and their latest, Land Of The Blind 2015. There was a bitter feud within the band beginning around 2001, which led to Neil Perch continuing the band with an almost new line-up
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Zion Train, formed in Oxford, England 1988, have been undisputed leaders in the genre for more than 15 years. The band are heavily involved in alternative and DIY underground culture and have been since the 90s as well as being purveyors of the finest Roots Reggae music throughout this period. They are one of the finest live dub acts in the world and promoted the practice of dynamic onstage dub mixing which they perform alongside acoustic instruments and the best live vocalists.
Zion Train was founded by Perch (live dub mixing/production), in 1990 and he was later joined by Cod (melodica/production), Tench (production), Molara (voice), Hake (trumpet), and Forkbeard (trombone). Between 2001 and 2005 Dubdadda added extra live vocals and Bigga replaced Forkbeard on trombone in 2001. The live line-up has always been very flexible, varying from Perch and a vocalist for sound-system gigs, to the full lineup for larger events. From 2006 Molara will concentrate on her solo projects and Zion Train live will feature a variety of renowned vocalists including Brother Culture and Kenny Knots alongside Earl 16 and Tippa Irie.
Zion Train have been one of the planet's most prolific groups, along with a mammoth recorded output and innumerable production credits, remixes and song writing collaborations they have produced magazines, CD-ROMs, Internet sites and built sound systems. Their early releases were on their own Universal Egg label, until in 1995 they signed to China Records. They released the world's first promotional dub music video for the 'Get Ready' single and caused a furore with the publicity campaign for their ‘Homegrown fantasy’ album.
Back on their own Universal Egg label since 1999, they have continued to release quality dub, electronica and world dance music. Their work from the past decade and a half still sounds fresh to today's discerning ears.
Last year saw the reissue of the bands seminal and long unavailable first and second albums; 'A Passage To Indica' and 'Natural Wonders Of The World In Dub' remastered for 2005. 2006 will see the re-release of the third album 'Siren', which was thought by many to herald the birth of the dub-dance vibe that swept the globe in the 1990s.
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