“Music for the connoisseur, not the consumer”
When we first approached Ranbir about writing up a biography for The Vulcan Dub Squad, he casually remarked, “Just make it up,” adding for effect “But make it good…make it better than the real thing.”
We didn’t--couldn’t really, and instead sat down with Ranbir over a scotch and soda. From the resulting purple prose and reminiscent run-on sentences (which have long become a famous component of their live shows/theatre), we’ve compiled what we deem to be the most relevant and useful information on this seminal five-piece band from Southern Ontario. Let’s go.
The Vulcan Dub Squad…
- comprise of Ranbir Gundu (vocals, guitar), Graham Wilson (guitar), Aaron Foster (guitar), Jameson Banks (bass guitar) and David Croft (drums). Over the past decade they’ve run the sonic gamut from the ambient instrumental lullabies of their earlier records, their avant-garde/shoegaze and art-rock releases circa. 2000, to finally arrive on their current sound: a Pastiche Pop fusing the earlier elements while drawing on garage/psych and folk strains as well, to blend and blur them all into something new.
- currently release their seventh LP The New Designers, an album inspired by Expo ’67 with music that “sounds like architecture.” The LP comes on like a meld of LOVE, The Smiths and The Kinks, The Wedding Present and Thor’s Hammer (60s legends from Iceland), while at the same time offering transitional coherence reminiscent of 50/60’s Bollywood scores.
- visited Habitat’67 during the recording of this LP for documentary footage and on-site audio recordings used on the record.[It was fun]
- have always presented a strong theatrical/visual element in their live shows. They have over the years worn military uniforms, physician attire, Canadian Olympiad inspired Nehru jackets, and now present a mid-50s Gentlemen’s Club motif. Adorned in tab-collar shirts with pencil thin ties and casually puffing on pipes while pouring a scotch in recline on vintage chairs, they attempt to conjur the very sense of reflection/historical longing found on ‘The New Designers’ directly into their stage performances.
- have garnered an enviable cult status in Canada’s indie-rock underground having released six albums since their inception in 1997, the last four of which have had strong nationalistic themes. [Marathon of Hope (2002), This Nation’s Saving Face (2003), Just Watch Us (2005) and The New Designers (2007)]