Tuesday, July 30, 2019

DAB (David Asher Band) working with On.U Sound.

David Asher has been busy in the UK, working on new DAB (David Asher Band) recordings, with the On.U Sound production team. A full length release is planned, stay tuned! 

David Asher with Producer Adrian Sherwood. 

 David with vocalist Mikki Sound.

 With Skip McDonald, Ghetto Priest and Adrian Sherwood.

 At DWR Online Radio with John Oliver and Michael Jenkins, co-hosting "Roots Locker". 

Sunday, June 09, 2019

The Process reviewed on the I-94 Bar website.

I-94 Bar, real rock action from Sidney Australia via the Bowrey and the Motor City. http://www.i94bar.com/

Who Is That Mad Band? - The Process (Temple Gong Recordings) & Dub World - The Process (Temple Gong Recordings).

You’d be right if you said reggae doesn’t get much of a look-in at the I-94 Bar. It's not that anyone’s allergic to it, but rock and roll is the staple beer on tap. 
You can argue that the Clash turned out their own kind of rock-reggae with mixed results, but the genre remains at the margins around much of the world - like its distant punk rock cousin. 
Bob Marley introduced the wider world to reggae in the ‘70s but it had been entrenched in Jamaica for generations. A generation of immigrants had already spread rocksteady and ska to the UK. 
The music that Marley brought to stadiums and concert halls was a few steps away from the sound that pervaded the alleys of Trenchtown. Major labels provided th bread, not Jah, and their producers rubbed the rough edges off Marley, Peter Tosh and Jimmy Cliff to make them acceptable to mass market ears. 
To be brutally honest, that Rastafarian patois that runs through the authentic stuff is impenetrable unless you’re staring down the business end of a two-metre spliff that's so potent you've convinced yourself that you’re the reincarnation of a dead African ruler. The social commentary that runs through the kyrics drifts over our heads like sacramental smoke. 
Michigan band The Process isn’t a typical reggae act in most (white) peoples’ perception. They’r probably not even a typical Michigan band, whatever that is - half the world thinks of the Stooges but most Detroiters think of techno - also the area has a substantial reggae scene. The Process straddles turf of their own cultivation, where dub, syncopated rhythms, toasting and big grooves all merge with rock.
So some context: The Process have won innumerable awards in their home-town and have released a string of albums over 20 years. My curiosity from half a world away was piqued by the presence of Michigan guitar legend, the late Dick Wagner, as a guest on their 2016 album, “Who Is This Mad Band?”
Wagner (with Steve Hunter) was half of the flashy and fearsome guitar combo that made Lou’s “Rock and Roll Animal” a tour de force. He worked with Reed on the razor-blade-to-the-wrist classic that was “Berlin” and before that he was in The Frost, a local band that were contemporaries of the Stooges and the MC5 that never broke nationally. Dick played uncredited guitar on the early and great Alice Cooper group albums and went on to co-write songs on the Coop’s break-out opus, “Welcome To My Nightmare”.
The Process is based around founders David Asher (vocals) and Garrick Owen (guitar), with Bill Heffelfinger (bassist and programmer) P-Funk All Star Gabe Gonzalez on drums. The Process has collaborated with t Gorge Clinton, Stones sideman Bernie Worrell and a pile of dub and reggae people - even HR from hardcore pathfinders Bad Brains. Their music is reggae without strict limitations. To these ears, it’s closer to the dancehall and rocksteady music that presaged Marley and Co’s commercial success. It's syncopation that “rocks” in its own way.
Producer Adrian Sherwood, who has worked with Nine Inch Nails, Skinny Puppy, Ministry and KMFDM, had a hand in the sound of both albums. 2016's “Who Is That Mad Band?” has huge production and flows from track-to-track like, er, the River of Babylon. There's no denying the hypnotic pull in reggae rhythms. The requisite deep bass lines are there but so are horns, programming, high-energy rock guitar and lush keys. Dick Wagner’s scorching guitar is all over “Dr Jekyl and Mr Hyde”, a skanking attack on big pharma and cops, but there's plenty more to intrigue as the music morphs its way through a Baker's dozen of tracks. 
“Dub World” (2017) is a companion to "Who Is That Mad Band?" comprising remixes and assistance from Sherwood, Skip McDonald aka Little Axe, Ghetto Priest and Lee "Scratch" Perry. Its big dub sounds are littered with treated vocals that wrestle with gritty fuzz guitar. Sax and layered keyboards weave in and out.
Wagner guests again on one track (“Interstellar Medium”) and there’s a cast of dozens augmenting the core band with additional instrumentation.
It's closer to "Maggot Brain" than "Metallic KO" but don't let that stop you. 
Written by The Barman on 09 June 2019.

Thursday, April 04, 2019

On U Sound Sunday Roast in the Dub magazine

The On U Sound Sunday Roast program, hosted by David Asher was just featured in 

By Dani Cameron.

On-U Sunday Roast Show, hosted by David Asher of band The Process, comes out every month and is filled to the brim with new and unreleased material, rarities, deep cuts and more from Adrian Sherwood’s On-U Sound label.
The label has been on a resurgence in the last few years, with an extensive reissue programme courtesy of Warp Records and numerous new projects for old friends and collaborators of On-U, as well as some exciting new projects. Adrian Sherwood has been very busy at the On-U HQ in Ramsgate, recording new albums with Horace Andy, Lee Scratch Perry, Little Axe and many more along with the return of the classic On-U Sound compilation series, “Pay It All Back” (expect a review in the next issue).
All this music gets previewed on the On-U Sunday Roast Show. The show originally grew out of the ‘baked tape’ project which involved Adrian and Patrik Dokter. Patrik has been recovering lost outtakes and unreleased gems from master tapes that were rotting away in storage. This music has started appearing on albums by Dub Syndicate, African Head Charge and Mark Stewart, as well as compilations entitled “Sherwood At The Controls”, with more planned – another album of lost music by African Head Charge is due for release this year and work is underway on the next Dub Syndicate collection.
David Asher’s band The Process has recorded with Adrian Sherwood and Skip McDonald, involving several Detroit-Ramsgate visits, which led to David volunteering to make the show a regular, rather than occasional feature. I have to salute David for succeeding in reflecting the sheer diversity of music that has passed through Adrian’s mixing desk in the show, whether it is previews of forthcoming work by LSK, Denise Sherwood and Ital Horns (all of whom have ongoing album projects at On-U Sound) or digging deep for remixes or obscure tracks by Singers And Players or Little Annie Bandez. Stylistically, there is no fixed pattern, but the signature production is
apparent throughout each episode. The label has released absolutely stacks of high class reggae, but has also broken down barriers in funk, rock, industrial, experimental, blues and jazz music. As they say, if you don’t know, get to know.

David Asher and Adrian Sherwood in Ramsgate.

Monday, April 01, 2019

DAB (David Asher Band)

DAB (David Asher Band) is the Roots Reggae project of THE PROCESS vocalist David Asher. 

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Tuesday, January 01, 2019

Now streaming on demand: Legendary Dub Music Producer Adrian Sherwood guest hosts a special Christmas/New Years mix on the ON.U Sound Sunday Roast, on DWR Online Radio. Adrian showcases almost 70 minutes of new, forthcoming, classic, and unreleased music from On-U Sound Records and it's associated acts. David Asher hosts.

Thursday, July 05, 2018

Remembering SETH PAYTON Paying Tribute to the Spark of a Musical Maverick

Seth Payton 
By:  Robert E Martin From Review Magazine.

Although possessed of a small, lean and ultimately frail body, our community lost a powerful & significant musical and spiritual force far more expansive than the Mid-Michigan region Seth Payton inhabited physically when he sadly passed away on June 11th, finally succumbing to a six-year battle against cancer, which finally took this 36-year old musical beacon away from us  to blaze new trails in the World Unseen far too soon.

As co-founder of the ground-breaking, horn-fueled, and creatively innovative Ska-Punk band STAMP’d, which exploded upon the Mid-Michigan music scene back in 1996 with the force of a tornado sweeping up all the audiences it encountered into its funnel of musical transcendence, Seth Payton emanated an equally powerful spiritual presence, possessing a strength he believed could move mountains. And in more ways than one, it did.

The first time I saw STAMP’d was at White’s Bar and it was one of those handful of musical experiences that one is lucky enough to encounter a handful of times in this lifetime.  The rhythm and percussion were full and working in tight syncopation from numerous sources within the band; the guitars were driven, clean, and possessed; and the 3-member horn section, which Seth would play sax and pen soaring and original arrangements for, locked the entire room in syncopated harmony.  When he wasn’t playing or singing, Seth could be seen dancing like a whirling dervish into the crowd….sucking up any butt that wasn’t moving into the energy of that musical and spiritual funnel Seth magically possessed, like a true Shaman.

It wasn’t long before STAMP’d became one of the biggest groups on the circuit - performing a trail-blazing set of original music mixed with unfamiliar covers that drew more audiences to the dance-floor than the average cover band could hope to cover in their wettest of dreams.  They won numerous trophies at The Review Music Awards in the nineties, earning honors for their ground-breaking work as Best Original Band, Best Alternative Band, and Best Variety Band to name but a few.

Seth studied music with his saxophone at SVSU, but was also a self-taught, accomplished musician whose passion to play many styles of music and instruments was extraordinary. His infectious smile, sense of humor, sense of self, and compassionate spirit endeared Seth to everyone he met.

Phil Garno co-founded STAMP’d with Seth back in the 1990s and worked as a close collaborator and friend to Payton through many of their formative years.  “Seth and I grew up together in Birch Run,” recalls Garno (now living in Boston).   “We started a band in High School around 1996 that would later become the ska band STAMP'd.  In our first line up, Seth played keyboard, multiple Saxophones, Conga, and pretty much everyone else's instruments in the band, begrudgingly often better than we did.”

“Seth was a showoff and rightfully so,” continues Garno.  “He also was known to occasionally do a back flip off the stage.  His energy level was unmatched then, and also later in life.  His energy was a positive force that you couldn't help but get on board with.” 

“To my mind, his musicianship raised the bar for our band, and I'm guessing everyone who played with him.  He orchestrated all the parts including solo riffs for other members.  He would score music for some, clap out rhythm for others, or tab out and patiently teach parts to us as needed.  I cannot imagine what my life would be like without Seth Payton.”

In an interview with Review around the time Seth was first diagnosed with his illness and a benefit concert was being staged at White’s Bar to help him pay some of his mounting medical bills, he had this to say. “When we started the punk-ska band STAMP’d, I just liked the music. But I grew into reggae, or maybe I’m just getting older. I’m appreciating more music.”

After STAMP’d closed up shop, Payton went on to join forces with David Asher of The Process and David Asher (DAB) Band.  He also would DJ with Asher as part of Shaolin Sound System. In addition to arranging the horns for The Process latest release and performing on several of the songs, he also released a reggae album with his own band, Roach King & the Resonators. He even wrote a country song, he said, in the style of classic country.

“The funny thing about Seth was how many people who met him regarded him as their best friend, and in a way, he really was,” recalls long-time friend and musical collaborator David Asher.  “Seth had a way of making you feel good when he was with you, and when he left he took that feeling with him.  The strange thing is I feel him with me now, and if that feeling is going to be hanging around, I’m good with it, because that is what we have.  Still, I’d much rather have him here with us.”

“Seth was such a natural musician, and talented on so many instruments - he could always bring just the right "feel", and was always fresh and unique in his approach,” continues Asher when discussing Payton’s numerous musical gifts. “He was a crowd exciter too, and we were blessed to have him perform with THE PROCESS and DAB many times.”

“Seth was God’s man,” states Asher. “He fought his way back from his initial illness with such fortitude, we all believed he would beat the terrible odds and recover. When God healed him and he was performing and doing music again, he gave God the glory.  When his sickness returned with a vengeance, he never wavered in his faith or cursed God, he held firm.”

“I see so much of Seth in his 10-year old daughter Faith, and what a perfect name for her, she is a beautiful legacy for him.  Seth was a bright, shining, burning star. We will never have someone quite like him again, that is for certain.”

“I saw him about a week and a half before he passed and he was in terrible shape, but still had that wonderful smile when I saw him,” concludes Asher. “In the end he never lost that smile, filled with love, even when he was unable to speak and in terrible pain.  When I left we were both in tears.”

“With DAB he was finally playing bass in the Reggae project he had always wanted to do, and I know he was very frustrated having to step down, just as we were starting to take off with it. He gave me the courage to take a new road, and to start the new group. We had so many plans, and everything from here on out is from the momentum of them, and what he gave us.

“I will miss him terribly, and we will carry this music forward in his honor.”

The David Asher Band will be performing a special show in Seth’s honor at Scotty’s Sandbar on Friday, July 6th.

Monday, June 18, 2018

The Echo Chamber program

The Echo Chamber program on KAFI 90.3 FM Minneaplois 106.7 Saint Paul played THE PROCESS "Time Has Come" (in memory of Process bassist Seth Payton) on 6/13/2018.
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