"We've all spent a lot of time in Jamaica and country music is very much part of the fabric,'' he claims. ''It's an honest music, just like reggae. The two genres really sit together well."
The band's MC Astro adds: "In the Caribbean there are very few households that do not own a Jim Reeves album. I certainly had them in my house, as did all my West Indian friends when I was growing-up. When you'd go to their houses you'd always see Jim Reeves staring back at you from the Blue Spot Gramophone! Country music and Jamaica are so finely entwined."
"We don't use studios like we used to,'' Robin reveals. ''It's like a rehearsal set-up, where we sit in a circle and play together. It helps get the vibe right."
"We reworked the lyrics to update them a bit," explains Robin "But that's the only political lyric on the album. The rest are 'somebody-done-somebody-wrong' songs. We all know someone who's had their heart broken."
Duncan Campbell, singing on his second full album with UB40 since replacing his brother Ali Campbell in 2008, comes into his own on Getting Over The Storm.
Brian is quick to pay tribute to his bandmate. "Duncan's been a singer all his life, but it's been a really steep learning curve for him coming into the band and becoming a recording artist. His voice and his style of singing is really suited to the songs on Getting Over The Storm. He's done a great job."
To support the release UB40 play the following UK dates:
September 13: Sky Dome Arena, Coventry;
September 16: Planet Ice Arena, Peterborough;
September 18: Planet Ice Arena, Ryde, Isle of Wight;
September 20: Planet Ice Arena, Cardiff.