Gig Review by James Bradshaw + Gig Photography by Ian Dunn


ADO (Alternative Dubstep Orchestra) took to the stage for a gig on home turf last Friday night like a force of nature, opening with a Specials cover that quite literally had the room rattling with bass and vibrating with heavy electric guitar. This is the next generation of dubstep according to Juno Records and from the word go ADO stated their mission… to quite simply get the room and everyone in it to wobble like jelly.


With no messing about, ADO then launched into what has now become their signature tune, and indeed their first analogue to vinyl release, Power. The minimalist hypnotic essence of Arabia delivered by vocalist Mish Maybe and violinist Leighton Hargreaves transports the audience to a land far away from dubstep, just before the familiar overflow of deep guitar, bass and tumbling drums allows them to completely rock out again, creating a calm before the storm effect and showcasing their dynamic nature.


ADO’s fluid set continued with an afrobeat / steppers / dubstep musical feast of a track, apparently called Croak and Swagger. If you’re not dancing after that tune, my advice would be to consult a doctor


With the set continuing to ebb and flow with mostly original music, which you are left wanting to hear again (and again), alongside surprisingly captivating reworks like Bacharach’s Walk on By, the audience were taken on a veritable musical journey. If this was a meal it would be a banquet. Forget labeling this band as just dubstep – this is a heavyweight act with a heavyweight sound that has little world music twists at every corner, reflected by the very eclectic crowd. Just like ADO, their followers are a real assortment of styles.. almost thrown together in anarchic musical harmony.


My only criticism is that would have been nice to see more solos, showcasing some of the individual musicians involved. It will be interesting to see what they bring to their daytime slot at Mostly Jazz. If Friday night is anything to go by the whole of Moseley might be shaken to its very core!


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