The breakup of his former band, Dub War, was never going to stop someone with the passion of vocalist and synth player Benji Webbe. Unable to continue work with his former band members for contractual reasons, he signed up bassist Daniel Pugsley, guitarist Mikey Dee, and drummer ‘Dirty’ Arya Goggin to form Skindred, releasing their debut album, Babylon, in 2002. After it was picked up by Lava Records and re-released in 2004 with new material, the band found themselves on the receiving end of plaudits for their ferocious mixture of metal, reggae and punk.
Recalling other genre-busting rockers from System Of A Down to Bad Brains, the Welsh quartet hit the top spot of the Billboard Reggae Albums chart whilst also being embraced by the metal community, allowing Skindred to perform with acts as diverse as Korn and Gogol Bordello. 2007’s Roots Rock Riot was a little lighter on the reggae, a little heavier on jungle rhythms, and the self-styled ragga-metallers followed that with an eight track mini album produced by Matt LaPlant, Shark Bites and Dog Bites, in 2009, which also included a cover of Eddy Grant’s ‘Electric Avenue’. Webbe doesn’t restrict his talents to Skindred, however, having also written for Bullet For My Valentine and Revoker.