Coming to the Bay Area by way of Colorado, Heavyweight Dub Champion is not a sound, is not a band, and is definitely not a mere collection of human beings making inspiring music.  While HDC ecompasses all of these things, it is a mantra.

The mantra is simple: make public the paintings, poetry, music, and other artistic incarnations of the human and spiritual response to the disintegration of truth and spiritual awareness in a world gone mad.

[audio:] Heavyweight Dub Champion – “Dawn”

These are, no doubt, some lofty goals, but with a supporting cast including KRS-One and A.P.O.S.T.L.E., among many others, HDC is definitely on the right track.  Their vision and intent may be intense for some, but these guys back it up with some of most super dank, heavy, and at times trance-inducing, dub hop you will hear.

With their modest beginnings in a log cabin in Colorado, you wouldn’t expect core members Resurrector, Patch, and Totter Todd to be so adept at bringing such an electronic heavy sound to life with a remarkably inviting appeal, but they pull it off.

Touring in support of their new album “Rise of the Champion Nation”, Heavyweight will be coming back to their home in the bay for a special show before the summer festival circuit hits.

If you’re looking to catch some great reggae, especially that of the dub/hip-hop blend, swing by the Independent, on Divisadero between Hayes and Grove, Thursday night to catch Heavyweight Dub Champion opening for Sly & Robbie.  Doors at 8:30pm, $25.