The Dualers are rocksteady for their reggae return to Bromley
PUBLISHED: 12:24 26 April 2013 | UPDATED: 12:24 26 April 2013
From busking on the streets of Bromley to having a top 30 single in the charts and a song included in a Hollywood movie, all without a formal record contract, is no mean feat but one band have made it look easy.
The Dualers started life 15 years ago when brothers Tyber and Simon Cranstoun, of Shortlands, began singing together and following a string of hits, the band is now one of Britain’s best loved ska and reggae bands.
After packing out the famous IndigO2 in London a record-breaking five times over the past two years and selling in excess of 40,000 albums, the band are set to perform back in their hometown next month.
Lead singer, Tyber, 35, of Bromley Common, said: “Everything has been a whirlwind. From busking on the street one minute to performing at the IndigO2 the next is really bizarre, but incredibly grounding.
“My passion for music all started with my dad who ran clubs in the sixties.
“We were almost brainwashed into liking reggae and ska.”
In October 2004, The Dualers launched themselves, unannounced, into the UK singles chart, landing at an impressive number 21 with the self-penned, Kiss on the Lips.
The former Shortlands Bishop Challoner School pupil said: “The band have just gone from strength to strength.
“Playing at the IndigO2 still amazes me even now.
“We do everything ourselves including booking the venue and selling the tickets.
“We basically turn into a record company.”
Their recording of Truly, Madly, Deeply was also featured in the film Fool’s Gold, starring Matthew McConaughey and Kate Hudson.
Tyber said: “After my brother left the band I decided we needed to choose which path we were going to take to enable us to be taken seriously and accepted by our fans.
“When I met a man by chance who was helping me fit some gates on my house, who was also interested in reggae music, we got talking and he introduced me to Lee “Scratch” Perry who helped me put a band together.”
The band’s latest two albums, With Respect, released in December 2011, and Prince Buster Shakedown, produced for the International Ska Festival 2012, proved extremely popular and now they are hoping to release another later this year.
Looking back, Tyber believes his greatest achievements have been getting a number 21 single and selling out large venues around the country.
He added: “Most of our fan base are in Bromley and it is important to stay in contact with them which is why we decided to do something closer to home.”
The Dualers are at The Great Hall, Civic Centre, Bromley on Saturday, May 18. To book call 07905 497271 or pick up tickets from Burns Fireplaces, in Homesdale Road, Bromley.
For more information visit www.thedualers.com