Icehouse will scale right back for a couple of intimate shows for Sydney and Melbourne in December dubbed ‘Dubhouse’.
The Dubhouse shows will be “a bit of fun for me and the band plus we’re adding extra singers and a brilliant brass section to make this into an end-of-year party for the band members, our fans and our friends,” Iva Davies explained in a statement.
The idea for DubHouse harks back to 1983 when Iva met reggae great Peter Tosh in Germany. “Ever since I saw Peter on stage, just happily playing, I wondered what it would feel like to be that relaxed!,” Iva says. “Since the early ’80s, the live Icehouse band started occasionally throwing reggae feels to sections of Can’t Help Myself and from time-to-time the band has had fun bringing those rhythms to other songs”.
Last year in an interview the Dubhouse concept came back to Iva “During the Primitive Colours tour last year, I was asked in an interview what musical role I’d like most outside of Icehouse,” he said. “I said I’d love to be the guitar-player in a reggae band – a chukka-man. The journalist and I had a laugh about it and moved on. However, the idea seemed to keep resurfacing”.
The show named ‘DubHouse’ will be performed twice for one night only at The Espy, St Kilda for Melbourne on December 4 and the Oxford Art Factory, Darlinghurst for Sydney on December 7.
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