Zion Train are Dub/Dance pioneers and have been undisputed leaders in the genre for the past 2 decades. The band were heavily involved in alternative and DIY underground culture in the UK during the 1990s as well as being purveyors of the finest Roots Reggae music throughout this period. They are one of the finest live dub acts on the planet and promoted the practice of dynamic onstage dub mixing which they perform alongside acoustic instruments and the best 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, they were joined by Richard Doswell on tenor sax in 2009. The live line-up has always been very flexible, varying from Perch and a vocalist for sound-system gigs, to an extended lineup for larger events. Zion Train live features a variety of renowned vocalists but primarily, the band have been fronted by Dubdadda.
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 20 years still sounds fresh to today's discerning ears.
2007 saw the release of the band’s long awaited album ‘Live as One’, their ninth. It was awarded a coveted Jamaican Reggae Grammy for ‘Best Dub Album’. The album featured vocals from Earl 16, Tippa Irie, Dubdadda, YT, Marlene Johnson, Raiz and Lua. It was incredibly well received and the tour engendered enthusiastic responses in all territories visited. They continued a pace into 2008/09 with shows in regions not previously covered, including Japan, Scandinavia and The Baltic states. There were also hugely successful festival appearances throughout the summer, highlights in the UK included Arcadia Spectacular at Glastonbury and WickerMan festival, also Reggae Geel in Belgium, Rototom Sunsplash in Italy and Reggae Sun Ska in France.
2009 was rounded off with a further tour to promote the release of the ‘Live as One Remixed’ album. Taking in 15 nations to present the next installment, they received rave reviews throughout. The album was remixed with imagination, quality and depth, by like-minded musicians, bringing amazing results. It involved friends and collaborators in regions as diverse as Poland, Crete, Brazil, Mexico, Croatia, France, Italy and of course UK, The band had a storming Summer of festivals in 2010, highlights included; Sunrise & Beat Herder in the UK, Sudoeste in Portugal, Ostrava in Czech Republic and Ostroda Reggae festival in Poland.
From the beginning of 2010 Perch was back in the studio writing for the next Zion Train album ‘State of Mind’ which will be released in September 2011. This was previewed with a single, entitled 'Rainbow Children', an update of the Aswad classic with Brinsley Forde joining Dubdadda on vocals. Also, in June ‘The Very Best of Zion Train – Dub Revolutionaries’ will be released on the highly respected world music label Nascente, home of recent releases from Skatalites, Manu Dibango, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and Ladysmith Black Mambazo.
Zion Train recently completed the 14 date ‘Dub Fiyah tour’ of both US coasts, with Rocker T on vocals. There was much excitement as this was their first trip Stateside for 15 years. Shows in; Oregon, Northern California, San Francisco, LA, Boston, Vermont, Massachusets, Brooklyn and NYC, will be followed by festivals over the summer and then an autumn tour to promote the new album 'State Of Mind'.
Prospective dataes for 2012 already include another USA tour, a fifth tour of Japan, a tour of Latin America as well as visits to Dubai and the Caribbean!