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 (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 as UB40, Bad Manners and The Toasters.
Produced by Toby Davies of Gentleman’s Dub Club, the band’s first album ‘The Heist’ was released in 2017. 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 called it, “A gem of an album that makes ska and reggae seem like a perfect fit with 21st-century musical trends.” Tom Robinson (6Music) immediately shared the track ‘Down With the Dogs’ with his listeners, and BBC Introducing in Essex soon began supporting the album too.
In November 2019, ‘Humans’ was released and this was followed by the single ‘Criminals’, which Tom Robinson described as ‘the strongest record we’ve heard to date’. The band continues to work with Tom Donovan, producer, writer and musician from Essex hip-hop act, Monster Florence.
The Kubricks have spent years developing their energetic live set, headlining their own shows and playing festivals across the country.
They have played to tens of thousands, with notable appearances at Boomtown Fair, Bearded Theory’s Spring Gathering, Wickerman (Scotland), Godiva, Brownstock, and The London International Ska Festival, amongst many others.
Rave with The Rebel
Lead Me Away
Hold Us Down
Down With The Dogs
D Is For Danger
Break Of Day
Better Of Me
Body Don’t Speak
The Trouble In Your Life