The Scientist Meets Ted Sirota's Heavyweight Dub

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The debut album from Chicago band Ted Sirota's Heavyweight Dub was recorded, mixed, and mastered by the legendary "Dub Chemist" Overton H. Brown aka "The Scientist". Sirota, a veteran of the Chicago music scene, decided to address his 30 + year love for Jamaican music by putting this new band together in early 2013. Only weeks after starting the band Sirota had a chance encounter with one of his biggest influences - The Scientist. After a serious discussion about music, the pair quickly embarked on a successful Kickstarter campaign to raise the funds to bring The Scientist to Chicago to record and mix this record.

With this band Sirota & cohorts hope to bring back some of the serious musicianship that was emblematic of the "golden age" of Reggae. Through his original music, and arrangements, Sirota hopes to creatively pay respect to legends like Tommy McCook, Cedric Brooks, Ernest Ranglin, Jackie Mittoo, Winston Wright, Leroy Sibbles, Roots Radics, Soul Syndicate, The Upsetters, The Revolutionaries and many others, while still keeping an eye on the future. Filtering all of this music through the brilliant mind and acrobatic fingers of the "Dub Chemist" was just the icing on the cake. Scientist proves he is still the Heavyweight Dub Champion of the World! Enjoy.

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released September 20, 2013

Ted Sirota-drums
Matt Ferguson-bass
Chris Paqutte- percussion
Dave Miller-guitar
Andrew Trim-guitar
Mike Dangeroux- guitar on "Stop and Frisk", "Yanira", and "The Struggle"
Tom Vaitsas-keyboards, organ
Cameron Pfiffner-tenor saxophone
Matthew Davis-trombone
Marquis Hill-trumpet
Yanira Marin-Sirota-vocals
Paul Mabin-vocals & vocal background arrangements on "Stop and Frisk", "Yanira", and "The Struggle"
Chaka B-vocals on "Yanira"
Diverse-vocals on "Saro-Wiwa"

Executive Producers-Ted Sirota & Hopeton O. Brown PKA The Scientist
Co-Executive Producers- Dan Oliver, Joe Matthews
Engineer -Hopeton O. Brown PKA The Scientist
Mixed, and Mastered by Hopeton O. Brown PKA The Scientist
Steve Kovacs-Pro Tools Engineer
Recorded and Mixed July 8-12, 2013 at Pressure Point Studios, Chicago IL, USA
Artwork & Design by Michael Thompson / www.frestylee.net

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Ted Sirota's Heavyweight Dub Chicago, Illinois

Ted Sirota, a veteran drummer of Chicago’s music scene of 20 + years, and drummer for Sabertooth and Ted Sirota’s Rebel Souls, presents a new band that reflects his lifelong passion for Reggae and Dub music. The band recorded their debut album with the legendary “Dub Chemist” The Scientist in July 2013. ... more

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Track Name: Stop and Frisk (The New Jim Crow)
People have you met the new Jim Crow?
The bottle is new but the wine is old

Some things in life just never change
Like the Babylon system and how they run their game

They used to swing black bodies from the trees
Now they lock em in a cell and they throw away the keys

Ghetto youths don’t really stand a chance
Every single day is like a dangerous match

Look out son, it’s time to run
Cause the cops are rolling up and they pulling out (reaching for) their guns
And we’re singing

Stop and Frisk
We are at risk
Brown or black
Better watch your back
The police dem a come and launch dey attack
People don’t you know that the new Jim Crow has got to go
We’ve got to overthrow
The new Jim Crow

Let me introduce the new Jim Crow
Different channel, different time slot
But the same old show

Nowadays it’s a crime if you don’t look "right"
They can snatch you from the street any day or night

In a system that feeds it’s poor to the rich
The taser gun has replaced the switch

They say just work hard and you can live the dream
Then they beat us in the streets
Bring us down to our knees
So this is what we singin’

Stop and Frisk
We are at risk
Brown or black
Better watch your back
The police dem a come and launch dey attack
People don’t you know that the new Jim Crow has got to go
We’ve got to overthrow
The new Jim Crow
Track Name: Yanira
Baby girl
She's my pearl
She's my life
She's my world

Confident
Intelligent
Most beautiful
I ever met

I was feelin oh so bad
Never felt so blue
Sleepin' on a cold hard floor
Didn't know what to do

Knocked to my knees by love
Down on my luck
Wasn't lookin' for no miracles
Just some help to get up

Then one magical night
She happened my way
Her smile pierced through my clouds
And her love just blew me away

Yanira
Baby it's true
Every single day I will cherish you
Yanira
When you took my hand
You lead me straight into the promised land

Yanira
Baby it's true
Every single day I will cherish you
Yanira
When you took my hand
You lead me straight into the promised land

Wasn't lookin' for another love
But what could I say
She satisfied my heart and mind
In every way

People said don't do it man
It's not what it seems
I told 'em that my heart don't lie
This woman stepped out of a dream

When I held her in my arms
I couldn't let go
Now I call this girl my wife
And her love has captured my soul

Yanira
Baby it's true
Every single day I will cherish you
Yanira
When you took my hand
You lead me straight into the promised land
Track Name: The Struggle
Brothers and Sisters
Have you heard.
They’ve been listenin’ to our calls
Scanning every word.

But when we ask them
To lend a helping hand
They don’t listen to a word we say
They claim they can’t understand

Working two jobs
Still it just ain’t enough
Trying to keep their bellies full
Has never been so tough

Everyday’s a struggle
Just trying to make ends meet
Get sick and miss a week of work
And we’ll be living on the street

They push, they shove, they chip away
We scratch, we claw, we find a way
They lie, they cheat, they steal our pay
We live, to fight, another day

Don’t give up the struggle-unite
People got to stand up and fight (repeat)

The rich get richer
And the poor get poorer
They’re ringing us for every cent
And yet they still want more

Our Mothers & Sisters
Doin’ the best they can
But no matter how hard they work
They won’t be paid like a man

Profits over people
That’s the name of their game
But the people have had enough
And we refuse to play

So when they tell us
That there’s no other way
The people must chant them down
The hour’s getting late

They spy, harass, and hack away
We must resist, and disobey
They say that we should hope and pray
There’s got to be another way

Don’t give up the struggle – unite
People got to stand up and fight

Don’t give up the struggle – unite
Brothers got to put up a fight

Don’t give up the struggle – unite
Sisters got to fight for what’s right.