New Lee “Scratch” Perry + Subatomic Sound System album & upcoming shows

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MOJO magazine previewed the new Lee “Scratch” Perry + Subatomic Sound System album “Super Ape Returns To Conquer” that we recorded in NYC, Jamaica, in the ocean, and on tour — which is finally dropping at the end of the summer 2017.That’s why we’ve been so quiet on the website! It’s been loud in the studio!  Pre-order the CD and limited edition vinyl from Forced Exposure or Juno UK before it’s gone!  Thanks to everyone who came out to the recent California tour dates and Sierra Nevada World Music Festival performance. Subatomic Sound System will be back east in NYC and Washington DC in late July (check the calendar on your right) for some performances previewing the new album then lookout for a tour October 24-November 5 and some special events around Dub Champions Festival coming in September and October 2017.

Lee “Scratch” Perry & Subatomic Sound System live videos from KEXP

Lee Scratch Perry & Subatomic Sound System at KEXP
Check out the full 40 minute video of Lee “Scratch” Perry & Subatomic Sound System (or edits of the songs Black Ark Vampires, I am a MadmanDread Lion, and Happy Birthday) at the KEXP radio studios in Seattle performing in their unique style juxtaposing live instruments and sound system dub mixing. Scratch & the Subatomic crew with Emch on the mix & melodica, Larry McDonald on percussion, and Troy on sax stopped by during the Dub Champions Festival tour after a sold out Super Ape 40th anniversary album performance in Seattle Sept 17, 2016.
photo by NataWorry

We perform four songs and you can check each song individually below: Our new single Black Ark Vampires, Perry’s classic I am a Madman with an Ethiopian jazz twist, Dread Lion because we are on the 40th anniversary Super Ape album tour, and Lee’s favorite song Happy Birthday dubwise in honor of it also being Scratch’s 80th birthday tour.
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Print your Super Ape mask for Lee Scratch Perry & Subatomic Sound System 40th anniversary tour

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Join Lee “Scratch” Perry’s magic show! Click the image below to download & print this ape mask. Cut it out and wear it to the 40th anniversary Super Ape album tour with Lee Scratch Perry crossing the USA, Canada, and Europe between now and the end of 2016. Friday May 13 in Montreal, Saturday May 14 in Toronto, June throughout California. Tag your photos #SuperApe #LeeScratchPerry #SubatomicSoundSystem

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The 1976 Super Ape album is one of Lee “Scratch” Perry’s crowning achievements from his Black Ark studio productions, one of dub reggae’s most popular albums, and has never before been performed live until this tour that began with the USA Dub Champions Festival and Kickstarter campaign to build a giant inflatable ape. Here are some live videos from the tour and here is a feature from Wax Poetics magazine going bananas for Super Ape. [Read more...]

Super Ape tour final show Thursday Oct 1 @Brooklyn Bowl with Lee Scratch Perry & Subatomic Sound System

Lee Scratch Perry Super Ape Subatomic Sound System live

Super Ape fanatics!  Thank you for your support and we hope to see some of you this Thursday at Brooklyn Bowl for the final show of the US tour with Lee Perry & Subatomic Sound System!  The 10 foot gorilla was a huge hit across the entire country this past month. Scroll down for some live videos.  People have also been printing their own ape masks and wearing them to the show (you can print an ape mask at www.DubChampions.com )

This is great stuff for Perry fanatics to hear him actually performing these classic Super Ape album tunes for the first time live. Please share!  Lee Perry & Subatomic Sound System “Super Ape” album tour live preview

And here is another one: Lee Perry & Subatomic Sound System perform “Dread Lion” live in Seattle https://youtu.be/OOH-44_rzxw

Super Ape Lee Scratch Perry Subatomic Sound System Dub Champions Festival

If you are an instagram user, please repost this square version of the tour flyer below the cut…

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Lee Scratch Perry needs giant Super Ape & more for Dub Champions Festival

Lee Scratch Perry Super Ape Dub Champions Festival
Final day of Kickstarter! Ends Thursday evening! To commemorate the 40th anniversary of Lee “Scratch” Perry’s “Super Ape” album, one of the crowning achievements of dub and reggae produced at his Black Ark studio in Jamaica, Scratch will be performing the album for the first time ever live at Dub Champions Festival events across the USA this September and October. Check out the Kickstarter here! Bring this historic album to life and contribute towards:

  1. A giant inflatable gorilla to emulate the album art
  2. Including our full backing vocal and horn section throughout the tour [band members are currently based in NYC and LA]
  3. Animations of the album cover artwork

Please watch the video for more information on the project and history of Lee Perry. This Kickstarter is put on by Emch, founder of Dub Champions Festival and band leader of Subatomic Sound System, with the consent of Lee Perry. We have been supporting Scratch in the USA for the past 5 years. During that time, we have refined a combination of electronic elements and live instruments to represent Scratch’s Black Ark studio sound in a live environment. Word on the streets is that these are some of the best Scratch has ever done. Tour dates below the cut…

Super Ape will be performed at these Dub Champions Festival events.
Tue-Sep-01 Solano Beach CA @ Belly Up
Wed-Sep-02 Los Angeles CA @ Echoplex for Dub Club
Thu-Sep-03 San Francisco CA @ The Independent
Fri-Sep-04 Santa Cruz CA @ Moe’s Alley
Sat-Sep-05 Portland OR @ Star Theater
Tue-Sep-08 Kansas City MO @ The Riot Room
Wed-Sep-09 Minneapolis MN @ Cedar Cultural Center
Sun-Sept-13 Austin TX @ The Flamingo
Mon-Sept-14 Santa Ana CA @ The Observatory
Thur-Sept-17 Black River Falls WI @ Infrasound Festival
Thurs- Oct-1 New York City @ Brooklyn Bowl
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