G-Unit, Fugees Session Men Return With Dub Trio

When respected session musicians for some of pop and hip-hop's biggest names get together to jam, an amalgamation of heavy metal, noisecore, and dub are usually not the genres you'd expect to result.

When respected session musicians for some of pop and hip-hop's biggest names get together to jam, an amalgamation of heavy metal, noisecore, and dub are usually not the genres you'd expect to result.

But that is precisely what you get with ROIR recording artists Dub Trio. "We're all professional musicians, so even though we play as Dub Trio, we also work a lot as a rhythm section for hire," drummer Joe Tomino tells Billboard.com. "Or people may hire us to produce their record or hire us for gigs. We're a tight rhythm section that basically turned into a band."

On May 23, Dub Trio will release "New Heavy" the follow-up to its 2004 debut, "Exploring the Dangers of..." While the group -- which also includes bassist Stu Brooks and guitarist D.P. Holmes -- remains largely instrumental, the new album features "Not Alone," a collaboration with Faith No More/Fantomas principal Mike Patton. "We played with Patton and performed 'Not Alone' in Brooklyn [on Dec. 28]," Tomino says. "Met him, rehearsed it, performed it -- it was magic."

Although Dub Trio is the members' top priority, all three can heard elsewhere. Brooks is the bass player for G-Unit and plays on the Tony Yayo single "So Seductive," while Tomino is drumming with the newly reunited Fugees. Holmes has logged time with emo band Like Yesterday, which also features Taking Back Sunday's Matt Rubano.

Brooks recently guested on Mobb Deep's upcoming album, "Blood Money," which will be released via G-Unit Records. "Although Havoc produced most of it, Dr. Dre produced one track, a couple of tracks maybe," he says. "The track that I'm playing on supposedly is [with] Mary J. Blige. It's still in the works, actually."

And even though "New Heavy" has yet to be released, Brooks has an idea of what the group's next album might sound like. "I think it's definitely evolving in the same direction, but I think with Joe playing in the Fugees, his playing really jumps out a lot more -- like in a hip-hop sensibility," he says. "And then the same with me, being involved with G-Unit constantly, and doing gangster-style rap, that is coming into the music as well."

Ideally, Dub Trio would corral Patton for more than just one song. "The only person we have in mind [to collaborate with] is Patton -- the goal is to definitely do a whole album with Patton," Brooks says.