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Reel Big Fish announce autumn UK tour

Ska legends Reel Big Fish, who are best known as one of the bands to come of the third wave of ska, is touring the UK this autumn, playing a string of dates with Lightyear and [spunge]. You can see the tour dates below.



The Aquabats and Reel Big Fish head out on a co-headlining tour

Orange County ska legends The Aquabats and Reel Big Fish are heading out on tour. The two ska heavyweights will head across the U.S. and parts of Canada beginning in July.

The Aquabats’ Christian Jacobs (the MC Bat Commander himself) says, “We haven’t been on the road for a while so… this is going to be most fun! We’ve been friends with Aaron and the Reel Big Fish-ermen for over 20 years now and after all this time, it still feels like we’re just goofing around, playing music and having fun with no other motives than to goof around, play music and have fun!” 

Not to be outdone Reel Big Fish front-man Aaron Barrett adds, “Come out and party like it’s 1997 with two bands who have been making fools of themselves on stage for YOUR entertainment for over 20 years!! If you don’t have a good time, it’s because you HATE FUN!!!”.

You can check out a full list of dates below.

Tickets are on sale now for the fourteen show tour and The Aquabats have announced the upcoming release of their new album Television Soundtrack Volume 1. Reel Big Fish released Life Sucks…Let’s Dance at the tail-end of last year. If you’re a ska fan be sure to get out and see one of these shows, at the very least they promise to be entertaining, possibly even a little “super”. 



Bowling For Soup to Co-Headline US Tour with Reel Big Fish

Bowling For Soup and Reel Big Fish will be hitting the road together this summer. Starting June 19, the two bands will perform a total of 19 shows together across the US. Joining the pair at select shows will be California’s Nerf Herder and Illinois’s Mest.

You can check out the full list of dates on the tour poster below.

The previous release from Bowling For Soup was the 2016 album, Drunk Dynasty. Meanwhile, the equivalent for Reel Big Fish was 2018’s Life Sucks… Let’s Dance. 



Album review: Reel Big Fish “Life Sucks…Let’s Dance!”

 

Best known for ushering in the third wave of ska in the mid-90’s Reel Big Fish are back with their ninth full length studio album Life Sucks…Lets Dance!, their first since 2012’s aptly named Candy Coated Fury.

Reel Big Fish make their living taking serious lyrical content and covering it in a sugary-sweet wrapper and delivering it with upstroke guitars, bouncy brass work, and wonderful vocal harmonies. They have perfected the craft of making people dance to songs about depression, self-doubt, failed relationships, and the grind of everyday suckitude. Life Sucks…Lets Dance! continues this premise with fourteen ways to dance away life’s grind.

The album opens with the titular “Life Sucks…Let’s Dance” and it’s clear that this album is meant to be a distraction from reality. ‘They’re saying things are worse than they’ve ever been, looks like the bad guys are going to win, and nobody here is gettin’ out alive….maybe if we have some fun we won’t feel so bad’ Aaron sings over a happy sounding trumpet line. This dichotomy is also present in “You Can’t Have All of Me” where he laments about all the things in life that are vying for his time and how he does not have enough time for himself, presented alongside a sublime trombone solo.

There are several songs that have the classic Reel Big Fish vibe. There is the trumpet fanfare fueled and angry “Pissed Off”, the 80’s rock “Bleached Thang, Baby” that sounds like a song they forgot to put on Why Do They Rock So Hard?, and “Another Beer Song” which copies the themes from Turn the Radio Off’s “Beer” but with an opening chorus of ‘Whoas’ that sound lifted from the Misfits “American Psycho”.

Where Life Sucks…Let’s Dance! really seems to shine is in the second half. “Ska Show” and “The Good Old Days” are two covers from Forces of Evil which featured several members of the current Reel Big Fish lineup. These two put the ska in ska-punk and are highly danceable tunes. This is followed by “G.D. Beautiful Day” which may be my favorite track on the album, is a bright shiny happy middle finger to all ‘these assholes trying to ruin my life’. It’s an optimistic song that is almost out of place on a Reel Big Fish album. The album ends with “I’d Rather Get It Wrong” and the instrumental “Walter’s Highlife”. The first a toe tapping ska tune about being in love, even if it is not a perfect love. The latter being exactly the type of instrumental you would expect from someone wearing Hawaiian shirts all the time. It’s got infectiously sweet guitar work, bright beautiful horns, and a Caribbean samba vibe.

The one miss on this album is “Bob Marley’s Toe” which, when based on instrumentation alone, is an absolute banger of a reggae tune. But upon further review of lyrical content, it seems out of place. RBF have never shied away from joke songs but this one falls flat and the “I wish this song was longer/No you don’t” breaks the fourth wall a little too accurately.

Life Sucks…Let’s Dance! is not breaking new ground for Reel Big Fish, however it delivers one of their catchiest albums and some songs find them at the best they have ever been. It’s a very solid 4 out of 5 checkered pork pie hats.

4/5 Stars



Reel Big Fish announce new album “Life Sucks… Let’s Dance!”, premiere new single “You Can’t Have All Of Me”

Reel Big Fish are back with the surprise release of a new single titled, “You Can’t Have All Of Me,” and have announced plans to release ‘Life Sucks…Let’s Dance!,’ their first LP of brand new material in 6 years, on December 21 via Rock Ridge Music.

The single, a high energy skank-athom that is sure to please both longtime fans and new converts, is one of 14 new tracks that makes up the upcoming album. Check out the music for it below.



Reel Big Fish announce “Tickle My Tiki TOURch” dates with Ballyhoo!, We Are The Union

If you didn’t get your fix of Reel Big Fish on the 24th and final Vans Warped Tour this summer, you’re in luck. The ska-punk stalwarts a slew of headlining dates on what they’re dubbing the Tickle My Tiki TOURch tour. The run kicks off October 4th in Santa Cruz, CA, and winds up in Athens, GA on November 29th. Support on the bulk of those dates comes from Ballyhoo! and We Are The Union. RBF will also be featured on a couple dates of the upcoming Scallywag Fest in Washington and Idaho. Check out full tour details below

Reel Big Fish’s latest album Candy Coated Fury came out in 2012 through Rock Ridge Music.



“Pick It Up! Ska In The 90s” documentary launches kickstarter campaign

A new documentary being made about ska in the 90s is currently the number one project in Kickstarter’s music section.  The film has already reached it’s goal and is working towards its stretch goals.  If you want to contribute and get some awesome stuff, you can do so here!

Pick It Up! Ska In The 90s will tell the story of ska’s history throughout the first two waves in the 60s and 80s and how the third wave turned ska into an entirely new sound in the 90s and became wildly popular all around the world for a brief moment in music history.  Bands interviewed will include Reel Big Fish, Less Than Jake, No Doubt, Save Ferris, Hepcat, Goldfinger, The Aquabats, The Mad Caddies, Fishbone, Sublime, The Toasters, The Specials, and many many more.



Pouzza Fest 8 announces secound round of bands

Montreal based Pouzza Fest has announced the second round of bands  for their eighth installment. Reel Big Fish and Anti-Flag headline while the robust lineup is rounded out with bands such as: Cancer Bats, Get Dead, Tsunami Bomb, with even more to be announced. For more information on the festival which takes place May 18, 19 and 20th scoot on over here.

For a look at the lineup so far check out the poster below



Reel Big Fish announce US summer tour with The Queers & Expendables

California ska-punk veterans Reel Big Fish have announced a US summer tour with The Queers and The Expendables. Some dates on the tour dubbed “The Beer Run” will include an “experiential beer festival, with local breweries, tastings, lectures, drinking games and more”.

Check out the tour dates below to see if there’s a show near you.



Reel Big Fish and Anti-Flag announce co-headlining US tour

California ska-punk veterans Reel Big Fish have announced more tour dates for their US tour celebrating the 20th anniversary of their second album Turn the Radio Off‘. This new leg will feature co-headliners Anti-Flag (playing their 1996 debut Die for the Government) and run from January 4th through mid February. Check out all the dates and locations below.

Reel Big Fish are playing their breakthrough album “Tun The Radio Off”  in its entirety each night of the tour, the first leg of which is in progress now with Masked Intruder, PPL MVR and Stacked Like Pancakes.

Reel Big Fish’s latest album Candy Coated Fury came out in 2012 through Rock Ridge Music.



Reel Big Fish announce “Turn the Radio Off” 20th anniversary tour

California ska-punk veterans Reel Big Fish have announced a US tour celebrating the 20th anniversary of their second album Turn the Radio Off‘s release. They will be playing the record in its entirety each night of the tour.

Taking place this October and November, the tour will see the band supported by Masked Intruder, PPL MVR and Stacked Like Pancakes. See if there’s a show near you below.

Reel Big Fish’s latest album Candy Coated Fury came out in 2012 through Rock Ridge Music.



Rare Breed releases free summer sampler (Slackers, Less Than Jake, Reel Big Fish, etc.)

Rare Breed, Paper + Plastick and friends have announced the release of their free summer sampler, creatively titled “The 2016 Summer Sampler”. The release features 21 track from bands like Less Than JakeBig D and The Kid’s Table, The Slackers and Reel Big Fish.

You can download the entire sampler here. Enjoy!



Less Than Jake, Teenage Bottlerocket, Reel Big Fish & more to play Warped Tour 2016

The first round of bands playing this year’s edition of the Vans Warped Tour has been announced and, like the past few years’ lineups, it’s dominated by the unbearable sounds of bands like Falling in Reverse, Sleeping With Sirens, and The Maine.

However, there are a few diamonds in the rough, including Less Than Jake, Teenage Bottlerocket, Reel Big Fish, Masked Intruder, and Sum 41. In other words, the half-dozen bands the Warped Tour throws in every other year in hopes of appeasing longtime fans of the tour.

The full list of bands currently on the lineup, tour dates, tickets, etc. are available here.



DS Photo Gallery: Reel Big Fish, Suburban Legends, The Maxies at The Fillmore SF (2.22.16)

Last Monday was a night of ska and acting weird at the legendary Fillmore venue here in San Francisco. Headliners Reel Big Fish are always a little bizarre during their sets, and they had help from openers Suburban Legends, and the power/pop/punk band The Maxies – originally from Greenland, now based in Southern California.

I had never seen The Maxies before, but they put on one hell of a set, all while donning skull and theatre masks resembling Phantom of The Opera. The guys have great energy, crazy stage presence, and even manage to play keyboard with their feet. They’ve been on the road with Reel Big Fish for the last six weeks, and there is no doubt the bands are a good fit for each other. You can listen to some of the band’s back catalog on their Bandcamp page.

Next to the stage was Huntington Beach’s own Suburban Legends. I love the horn section in this band, and it really does a lot to drive the sound, and definitely adds another layer of harmony. The band played a rather interesting set, covering multiple Disney songs, as well as the theme for Golden Girls (my favorite). But this may seem to pale in comparison when placed alongside Reel Big Fish’s choice of set list.

You know going into a Reel Big Fish show that there is going to be some type of outlandish or bizarre behavior coming from the stage, and bleeding out onto the dance floor. Right out the gate, the band opened with a cover of Europe’s “Final Countdown”, and went right into some tracks off “Turn The Radio Off”. Towards the latter part of their set, the band did a little medley of sorts, stating they were going to play “their one hit from the ’90s”, which then included samples of “Teen Spirit”, “My Own Worst Enemy”, “500 Miles”, and “Impression That I Get”. I honestly got the impression that the cover medley was going to on the whole night, but it was fitting and humorous. What would a RBF set be like if they didn’t cover that infamous track “Take On Me”, which is alright in my book, but I left happy after playing one of my favorites, “Beer” (both favorite in song, and also in liquid).

You can have a look at all the night’s photos below.

Big thanks to Jason, Mike, and everyone who helped with this event.



The Maxies sign to Rock Ridge Music, announce new album

Greenland-by-way-of-SoCal pop-punk titans The Maxies have just signed with Rick Ridge Music, and have announced that their sophomore album “Nuuk Them All” will be released some time this year. “We’re very excited to have our new co-conspirators in Rock Ridge Music,” says Maximum Maxie of the signing. “We will surely spare them once our evil plans are in place.”

The band’s debut full-length Greenland Is Melting was released in 2011, and they’re in the middle of their nation wide tour with Reel Big Fish and Suburban Legends. Check out some of their upcoming dates shows below.