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After surfacing in 2013 with their debut EP, ‘Wasters & Wannabes’, The Kubricks soon became one of the must-see ska bands of this generation. Tracks from their debut release were supported by Huey Morgan (BBC 6Music) and Tom Robinson (BBC Introducing – 6Music), and The Specials’ bassist, Horace Panter, championed the band, claiming, “I can hear Madness, The Ruts, Squeeze and The Clash in there…” The timing was perfect, and coincided with a new interest in ska music, as many of UK’s festivals began dedicating entire stages to the genre. Riding on the back of this wave, the band soon found themselves supporting legends such UB40, Bad Manners and The Toasters, in addition to sharing the stage with The Skints, Buster Shuffle and Bombskare.
Whilst the The Kubricks continued performing to huge crowds across the country, the band had been busy writing the next album. Heavily-influenced by the 2-Tone bands of the late seventies and eighties, they wondered what those bands would sound like in 2017, and were keen to experiment with the ska genre. The band had been listening to some of the best acts in this field, including The Skints and Gentleman’s Dub Club. The latter proved particularly enticing, so Jon reached out to GDC band member and producer, Toby Davies, to produce the new album.
Upon release in January 2017, the band’s work reached beyond the ska community. The UK’s longest-running skazine, Do The Dog, immediately commented that it was already, “A very strong contender for album of the year”, whilst Bucketlist in Canada claimed, “The Kubricks bring something surprisingly refreshing to the table. A gem of an album that makes ska and reggae seem like a perfect fit with 21st-century musical trends.”
Tom Robinson (BBC 6Music) immediately shared the title track “The Heist” with his listeners, and BBC Introducing in Essex soon began supporting the album too, regularly featuring songs from the album, and inviting the band in for a live session and interview.
As the band plot their next move in the studio, they look forward to another summer of festivals.