Make sure to check it out below for some kick ass ska punk!
Friday, June 22, 2018 at 10:23 AM (PST) by liathdavis
Make sure to check it out below for some kick ass ska punk!
Wednesday, May 16, 2018 at 8:23 PM (PST) by Murderdingus
Milwaukee’s Something To Do have released a new single, “I’ve Made a Huge Mistake.”
If you’re a relic like I, and into third wave ska and Arrested Development references, you should definitely check this one out below.
Something To Do’s last full length was 2016’s “Not Making a Sound.”
Tuesday, March 27, 2018 at 1:00 PM (PST) by The Torchbearer
Milwaukee ska outfit Something to Do has just released a single celebrating everybody’s favorite pastime, punching Nazis!
Check out “Richard Spencer Punched In The Head” below.
The single was released on March 22nd. The band’s last full length album was Not Making A Sound, which came out in September 2016.
Thursday, February 23, 2017 at 9:04 AM (PST) by Gina Skidz
Milwaukee ska outfit Something to Do has just released a single for the stalker-anthem “Tina Fey II.” You can check it out below. To sweeten the pot, the band recorded Drake’s “Hotline Bling” as the B-side track. Both are available for free download here.
Something to DO most recently released Not Making a Sound in 2016.
Tuesday, October 4, 2016 at 9:54 PM (PST) by Chris Ramone
“Don’t Take That Shit from Anyone” is taken from Something to Do’s latest album Not Making a Sound, which was released a month ago, and you can snag a copy of it here for just $10.
Tuesday, September 20, 2016 at 2:20 PM (PST) by The Torchbearer
Milwaukee ska outfit Something To Do are streaming their new album Not Making A Sound in its entirety.
Give it a listen below.
Not Making A Sound was released on September 9th, 2016.
Friday, October 25, 2013 at 8:52 AM (PST) by connor_maoil
Long-running Midwest pop punk/ska outfit I Voted For Kodos called it quits back in 2007, but recently headed back into the studio to record three new tracks for a 7″ entitled “Dear Chris Demakes, I’m Also Never Going Back to New Jersey.” Today we’re pleased to present the title track, which you can stream below.
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Wednesday, October 9, 2013 at 1:20 PM (PST) by connor_maoil
Defunct Madison, Wisconsin ska/pop punk outfit I Voted For Kodos has announced a reunion show in late November, to be accompanied by the release of a 7″ featuring two brand new songs and one B-side from the band’s 2006 record “My New Obsession.” Wisconsin ska bands 4 Aspirin Morning and Something To Do will open the show. For more details, head over here.
This will be the band’s first live appearance since their original run from 1999-2007. During their career, the band released two full length albums, “Close Enough For Ska” (2001) and “My New Obsession” and one EP, “Not Penis Cream” (2003) all via Snapdragon Records. The band broke up following the release of 2007’s “If You Can’t Make It Big…Just Give Up!,” a best-of/B-sides and rarities compilation.
Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 11:33 AM (PST) by ccurtisj
In celebration of the first annual Summer Ska Fest in Chicago, the bands have released a compilation including songs from Something To Do, Run and Punch, On Your Marx, The Public Divide, The Skalalitabs, and Waste Basket.
Click here to check it out.
Summer Ska Fest 2k13 is happening in Chicago’s Ultra Lounge on August 11, 2013.
Friday, July 20, 2012 at 9:57 AM (PST) by connor_maoil
10-odd years or so after the genre’s decline, so many people tend to automatically write off releases from the genre of 3rd-wave ska. Can you really blame them? I can’t, with the numerous stale and repetitive albums we’ve seen in the last five years. But I implore you not to ignore “Music For Fine Dining,” the newest full-length by Milwaukee’s Something To Do.
However, that’s not to say that the music on this record can strictly be defined as 3rd wave. Influences from pop punk, alt rock, 1st wave and 2-tone ska, and even a bit of gypsy swing stick out strong. If I have one pet peeve musically (and I assure you, I have many), it’s when a one-trick pony band claims a thousand genre-spanning influences, and then releases stylistically-limited music. That’s not the case here, as the diversity of sound stands out track-by-track.
This is a pretty lyrically standard release, packed with the usual songs of girls and relationship woes, but any redundancy that might be implied there is skillfully crafted. It might not be anything we haven’t heard before, but it’s honest and well-written, and sometimes that’s all I need. Plus, grade-A vocals by singer/bassist Nathan Tredinnick backed by bitchin’ harmonies and gang vocals by the rest of the band come together to pull of everything smoothly.
Throw in a well-polished brass section and a couple of never-too-quiet guitars, and you’ve got a great summer album. My favorite tracks include “Man In The Black Sedan,” “All Of The Best,” “Down, Down, Down,” and “Told You So.” This one gets 7/10 stars. For some background, check out my recent interview with the band. This one officially drops next week, so keep your eye out for a stream.
Wednesday, July 11, 2012 at 8:28 AM (PST) by connor_maoil
This summer, Milwaukee ska outfit Something To Do is preparing the most anticipated release of their career, “Music For Fine Dining.” Dying Scene recently spoke to guitarist Alex Kayser regarding the upcoming album, the band’s role in the coordinating of Skappleton, the biggest ska festival in the Midwest, and more.
Connor (Dying Scene) What can fans expect to hear on the new album in contrast to your older material?
Alex (Something To Do) This is definitely our most diverse album to date. We’ve had some lineup changes/additions since the last release (Joe on trumpet, me on guitar) that have contributed to the new sound. With two guitars, Kenny and I have been able to create guitar parts that are much more complex and diverse. The writing process was also very collaborative. For example, Joe and I wrote two songs, gave them to Nate (main vocals/bass) and he implanted a horn part he wrote years ago.
How is “Music For Fine Dining” going to appeal to those not necessarily fans of ska music?
We have always been a band that seems to go over well with anyone and everyone. We have played with hardcore punk bands, metal bands, ska bands, and country bands, and we always have a good response. If I had a dime for every time an elderly person said to me “The horns remind me of polka”, I would be a millionaire. Often times it seems as though people love our music but have no idea that it is ska. We are sneaky like that. But in all seriousness, you will hear ska, pop, punk, rock, and even some weird Russian influenced polka.
You used the Kickstarter module to raise money for the album, as an increasing amount of bands are doing. What was that process like?
It was stressful and a lot of work, but overall incredibly rewarding. Stressful in that we were constantly wondering whether or not we would reach our goal, but very rewarding to see the support from our fans, friends, and family! It also pushed us to make connections with our fans in new ways.
(Click here to read the full interview)
Saturday, March 10, 2012 at 8:54 AM (PST) by connor_maoil
Milwaukee, Wisconsin’s Something To Do has launched a campaign on Kickstarter to raise money for a new full-length album. The band hopes to release the album, their fifth (following 2010’s “Souvenir” EP), sometime this summer.
To donate to the page (with the usual awesome incentives) and view the band’s pledge video, which includes brand new song clips, head over here.
Wednesday, May 18, 2011 at 1:50 PM (PST) by connor_maoil
Skappleton is the Midwest’s annual ska festival; the largest and longest running show of its kind. Held late every Spring near Appleton, Wisconsin, the festival has drawn such national and world famous names like The Skatalites, The Toasters, Bomb The Music Industry, Deal’s Gone Bad, and Mustard Plug, the latter of who will be headlining this year’s show. In addition, the event has recruited dozens of local acts to play; from the longtime-running acts like Something To Do (Milwaukee) to the newer bands in the scene such as Crazy 88.
Dying Scene really spoke with Kenny Dinkis, who has helped run the event for some years and sings and plays guitar in the band Something To Do.
DS: What are, in your opinion, the best bands ever to come through Skappleton?
DS: How long have you been working for Skappleton? What inspired you to start working for the event?
KD: I started working with Skappleton in 2002. I actually just offered to help out with the festival. I was in a band and hoped I could get my band a chance to play in
future years. Since I had previous experience with booking bands, and knew the Wisconsin ska scene, I worked as a booking consultant for the Lawrence University committee that booked Skappleton for the next several years. I took a year off of helping with Skappleton in 2007. They ended up having some problems that year that cost the University a lot of money. The next year, Lawrence decided not to host Skappleton two weeks before the 2008 show in light of the expenses the year before. I worked with the guys from Car Full of Midgets (CFOM) to move Skappleton to Tanners in Kimberly, WI and the show went on that year. I’ve been running Skappleton with the the help of the CFOM guys ever since.
To read the rest of the interview, click here.
It’s almost summertime, which means that the Midwest is preparing to receive its annual dose of ska. Skappleton, the longest-running and largest ska festival in the Midwest, has added more bands to its lineup. Mustard Plug will be headlining the show, joined by a heap of ska/punk bands from all over the Midwest, including Something To Do, Crazy 88, The Waffle Stompers, and Shortstop From Tokyo.
The festival will be taking place on June 5th near Appleton, Wisconsin. For more details as well as the full lineup, head over to the Skappleton Event Page on Facebook.
Do you guys remember when Flogging Molly put out music that made you want to dance a jig and mosh at the same time? Fast and aggressive enough to satisfy your rebellious soul yet folky enough to provide a depth sometimes lacking in more traditional punk rock? Those were the days. And I thought they were over until I stumbled across The Killigans. Hailing from Lincoln, Nebraska of all places, this six-some channel folk-punk as if they were spawned from the back of a gypsy caravan in the heart of the Old Country. Playing together since 2004, how they escaped my notice until now is beyond me, but let's not dwell on that. What's important is that they just released a new full-length titled "Dance On Your Grave" and I'm here today to tell you it is well worth a listen. Do so here.