The band released Swimming Lessons this month and it’s the first release since 2015’s FM.
The band released Swimming Lessons this month and it’s the first release since 2015’s FM.
Sunday, May 12, 2019 at 5:09 AM (PST) by Johnny X
Here’s one from the more dynamic side of punk rock. Anaheim ska-punks Hooray for Our Side have released a new album appropriately titled “Everybody Love Everybody” and it’s as uplifting as the title implies. A fun listen for any fans of Reel Big Fish, Less Than Jake, etc. Check it out below.
“Everybody Love Everybody” is the band’s first release since 2015’s full-length, Overture.
Tuesday, May 7, 2019 at 9:26 AM (PST) by Goldfinger
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”.
Tuesday, May 7, 2019 at 9:21 AM (PST) by Goldfinger
Canadian ska legends The Planet Smashers have released a video for their new song “Too Much Information” which just so happens to be the title track to their new album which is out next week. Stomp Records will be releasing the new album and to celebrate the new music, the boys will be out touring and no doubt guzzling some brews and sharing their maple-flavored ska with our friends to the South.
You can check out the video for “Too Much Information” below.
The Planet Smashers last release was Mixed Messages back in 2014. If you’re a fan of The Toasters or The Specials then The Planet Smashers are for you, eh!
The kings of dirty reggae The Aggrolites have announced that they are releasing a new album. REGGAE NOW! will be released May 24th via Pirates Press Records. The Aggrolites front-man Wagner had this to say about the upcoming album: “We wanted to keep it real,” Wagner says. “Even though we were proud of [2009 album] IV, we know we went outside the box a little on that one. This time around, we decided to keep it natural: Simple, two-chord reggae. It’s feel-good music. We know what people like out of us. Let’s just be us.”
You can check out the first track off the upcoming album below.
To celebrate the new album, The Aggrolites will be heading out on an extensive tour with The Long Beach Dub All-Stars beginning in late May and ending in early August. The Aggrolites last released IV back in 2009.
Sunday, May 5, 2019 at 1:45 PM (PST) by Johnny X
After a 30 minute stint listening to some soul crushing hardcore I seriously needed a lift in spirits. Thankfully Massachusetts ska act The Pomps were next up in the editorial inbox with an announcement of their new single titled “P.A.D.D.” It’s poppy, it’s catchy, it’s got jammy organs that will have you vigorously nodding your head if not actually skanking around your living room, and you can do so by streaming it below.
This single marks the band’s first release since 2017’s Alternate America EP.
Buck-O-Nine has returned with their first album in over twelve years. FunDayMental finds the ska veterans doing what they do best, combining a wide variety of ska and punk elements into a catchy amalgam. A ska-malgam if will. (Nothing like a cheesy ska pun to get things going.)
The album opens with a bouncy punk ode to nights out with “Paint the Night Red” featuring just a small hint of the ska to come. It is definitely more punk than the rest of the album, but it is also a nice acknowledgement of the band’s roots. They return to this ska influenced punk with “Monday Morning” later in the album.
Coming from a band who came to prominence in the nineties ska scene it’s hard to believe there’s no horns until song two, as “Top of the World” is the first of several songs that showcase a two-tone soul, complete with bouncy bass lines and steady rocking brass sections. This up tempo rude sound can also be seen on “Don’t be Afraid” and “Tuff Rudeboy”, while the title track “FunDayMental” showcases a slower vibe. The best of this English influence is the closer “Dust it Off” which features a call and answer between slow driving brass and a bright guitar. It has an infectious groove that will keep your toes tapping.
This album features a couple of highlights, the first being “With You I Can” a love song that has a bright summer day feel to it. It is an optimistic slow stomp with a upbeat brass line. “Cold was my soul but my heart was made of gold, I rolled upon you and it changed my world” they deliver in this playful love song that makes you believe that “With you I can accomplish anything”. The second highlight is “YaYa” a rocksteady reggae jam written about grandkids. A more unique subject matter in a world that overtly tries to avoid the negative thoughts of aging, this song has a warm and happy feeling that almost makes me look forward to seeing my own grandkids.
FunDayMental rounds out with a couple of remakes of some Buck-O-Nine classics “Irish Drinkin’ Song” and “My Town”. The first song takes the original and makes it more of a group sing along as the verses feature layered vocals. This effect takes away the confessional nature of the original but most likely makes it more like the live versions where the crowd provides the supporting layers in the vocals. It is unclear if this remake was really needed, however the updated version of “My Town” is very well done. Opening with a not-so-subtle nod to rocksteady legends Toots and the Maytals, the song does not stray far from the original with a distinctly fun nineties style ska punk feel. However when viewed from the perspective of this album which feels a bit heavier with songs about love and growing old and was recorded by band members playing their parts in different states, it comes across as a wishful throwback to days where listening to music and hanging out with your friends was the most stressful part of the day. “As time ticks by I never stop to ask and never wonder why my soul is sound, I’m in my hometown”
FunDayMental is very close to being a top notch album but it feels like there is a lack of cohesion. The harmonies in the vocals and brass, the gang sing a longs, and in some cases the guitar work, all feel a bit patchwork at times. Ultimately it is a little distracting and the album quality suffers a little, however I am very excited to see these songs played live. Buck-O-Nine definitely know how to write some quality ska tunes, hopefully they can clean up the recording side on their next release.
Monday, April 29, 2019 at 9:06 AM (PST) by rick delaney
London-based ska ensemble Eat The Evidence have put out an hilarious new video for their track “Sicky Slip”. The tune celebrates the band’s roadie who apparently took a tumble on his own vomit pissed up at Boom Town Fair festival. Since he was unable to help the group with load in, he has become the victim of a savage musical roast.
Check out “Sicky Slip” below. Enjoy!
Thursday, April 25, 2019 at 12:35 PM (PST) by Dolly Llama
Third-wave California ska-punk pioneers Buck-O-Nine have just released Fundaymental on Cleopatra Records. It’s their first album in 12 years and marks the band’s sixth studio album since their conception in ’91. Fundaymental has been years in the making with each of the seven members making ulterior individual contributions to bring these fourteen-tracks to life, where “do it yourself” finds new meaning when your rhythm section is spread across the country and the guy singing the songs lives 100 miles away.
Dying Scene caught up with that guy via telephone call from Dallas to L.A. His name is Jon Pebsworth, and like pretty much all the rest of the band members, he’s been there since the beginning. Jon says the main thing to take away from Fundaymental is “Come out to the show. Put your worries aside, and have fun for a night.” and Buck-O-Nine after all these years? “Let it go!” The secret is trust, and this singer says he has loads of that, as well as respect for each member of his septet. He keeps the process fun and easy, and collaborations are chilled and inclusive.
“People leave. Even our drummer Steve, he’s the original drummer. He left the band in I think like ’99 or something like that and then he came back about six or seven years ago. So, it’s basically the same group of guys minus the bass player that did all of the first three records, which is pretty cool. Our bass player who is in the band now, Andy, has been in the band for about nineteen years.” Fun fact: Andy Platfoot is also the creative talent behind Buck-O-Nine’s music videos of late… the more you know.
As for the art on Fundaymental, “Steve did the cover and then the back cover, and then Jonas, our guitar player did all the graphic design and put it all together.” Fundaymental was recorded, monitored and produced by trumpet player Tony Curry who utilized F.B.I. spy tactic technological wizardry to hack his band member’s computers and record demos remotely. “Like I said, everybody’s got their little job that they do.”
“Our drummer recorded all the drums in a proper studio and stuff like that. It was a really weird process, but it was a lot of fun. There was a lot of learning as we were going. We were kind of like, ‘This is so trippy. We’ve never even been in the same room together playing these songs – which on all the other records that we’ve done over the years, we were just in a rehearsal room somewhere in San Diego playing the songs together and working them out that way. This was different but it was the only option we had. We just really, really wanted to do it, so we made it happen.”
When you find something you love, you’ve got to let it shine… I mean, something to that effect… I know that’s not right. You’ve got to be a peacock, right? “I went through some work things a few years ago working at this company, and I was trying my best to be like, ‘I’m into it. It’s cool.’ You know? ‘Let’s do this!’ And finally, after a couple of years I was just like, ‘You know what? Fuck this! And fuck this place! And fuck this job! I’m fucking out of here, dude.’ You know? Like, ‘I’m gonna’ go back to what I do. This isn’t me.’ So, that’s really kind of what its about. It’s really kind of a message to yourself, you know? A lot of my songs are like that where it’s like a pep talk almost for yourself. It’s a healing and process where you are talking yourself back into being positive and cool, and not dealing with bullshit. You know? For the most part that’s what it’s kind of about, and the references like ‘going back to the bar’ and ‘hanging out hooligan style’ is just a part of getting away from that negative shit to me, because that shit’s cool and fun.”
Jon and I had a great chat. It was super fun talking about ska in the 90’s, and the components of a talented band who tries to keep it in the family. Jon gave me the ins-and-outs of the new album Fundaymental. (available here) I got to meet his dog Barney, and we even talked about Mike Park a little bit behind his back. Find these conversations and more below, you young dead scenesters. Have a great day!
Friday, April 19, 2019 at 2:00 PM (PST) by Dolly Llama
Buck-O-Nine is back! As if they ever left. Their new album Fun Day Mental drops today on Cleopatra Records, but that’s not all… The guys have been gracious enough to hook Dying Scene up with the video premiere for “Tuff Rude Boy”. Here’s a fun one about being frustrated in a stupid ass job and then finally saying, “Fuck it! I quit!”
The video features exclusive live footage as well as snippets of the good times, recorded and edited in-house over the years by Buck-O-Nine bass player, Andy Platfoot. If you’ve ever wondered how a legendary 3rd-wave band likes to spend their time on the road, you can get a great glimpse at those antics in the video below. Enjoy yourselves, rudies! Cheers!
Tuesday, April 16, 2019 at 1:30 PM (PST) by The Torchbearer
Vancouver ska-punks The Brass Action are streaming their new album, Brouhaha, which was released on April 13th.
You can give it a listen below.
The Brass Action last released a cover of The Scofflaws’ “In The Basement” in January 2019.
Sunday, April 7, 2019 at 10:09 AM (PST) by dropkickeith
New London, Connecticut’s The Hempsteadys have released a video for “Classic Cars” off the critically acclaimed Séance! Séance! This is a slower jam from the ska-punks but it has an infectious groove and delivers on a sense of nostalgia.
Check out the video below.
Las Vegas ska-punks Be Like Max are back with their fourth album Save Us All. Immediately it strikes as a throwback to the Suicide Machines brand of hardcore punk with massively catchy and danceable ska breakdowns. Being Produced by David McWane, of Big D fame, probably has a lot to do with the tight evolution of the ska influence.
This album is chock full of vitriolic hardcore punk with an undercurrent of brass driven ska. Sometimes the syncopated guitars are used to provide a bouncy backdrop, other times the brass is in the breakdown and given room to expand the sound of the song. The opener “Time Flies When You’re Having Work” gives a prime example of both. While “Elitist Punks” and “The Boss is Stealing” are examples of how to use a horn section to give blisteringly fast punk a chance to breathe.
“At least I’m not a Toucher “ holds nothing back in a song that extols the singers faults while simultaneously providing a vicious take down of real life villains like Bill Cosby and Harvey Weinstein. “I’m not a Role model, but at least I’m not like Cosby. What a piece of f**cking shit”. The chorus delivers over a fantastic change of pace that hammers home the dichotomy of the self-deprecation versus the criticism of people who use their position of power in heinous ways.
Then there’s “F**k the News” a warning to pay attention to the divisive nature of the news cycles, as Fox and CNN are both the same in their goal of making you distrust the other side. This song is then broken up by a ska-interlude that feels more like a punk-goes-swing invasion that would be at home on a Cherry Poppin’ Daddies album. Immediately following that comes “Give it Up” with what feels like an extension of “F**k the News” but with a different ska twist. These two songs seamlessly create a two act play on the theme of distrusting what you are force-fed.
Not all the songs in the album have that in your face punk attitude as “King of the House” and a cover of Mephiskapheles’ “Doomsday” showcase the bands ability to create a skanking beat. However even these songs hold tight to the theme of self-reflection and the idea that the world has gone crazy. In a rare spot of levity, the album ends with “Home Away from Home” which gives us a little bit of the fun good time bouncy ska that most people think of when someone mentions the word ska.
With Save Us All, Be Like Max have crafted a ska album that defines the ska genre in 2019. This album delivers a mix of hardcore punk and energetic ska that is equally self aware and socially conscious. It is an aggressive, in your face attempt to make you dance.
Tuesday, April 2, 2019 at 1:30 PM (PST) by The Torchbearer
San Diego ska veterans Buck-O-Nine have released a video for their new song “Top Of The World,” which comes from the bands’ upcoming new album, FunDayMental, that is set to be released on April 19th via Cleopatra Records.
You can check out the new video below.
FunDayMental will be the bands’ first album since 2007’s Sustain.
Tuesday, April 2, 2019 at 9:59 AM (PST) by Goldfinger
Montreal ska-punks K-Man & The 45s are streaming the title track “Stand With Youth” off of their upcoming album of the same name. The track features the classic ska tones we’ve come to love from the fellas from Quebec. Due out April 19th on Stomp Records, this album promises to be an instant classic for fans of ska.
You can check out the new song below.
This is the first new release from K-Man & The 45s since 2016’s self titled album was released. If you’re a fan of the Planet Smashers or Mustard Plug, these guys have that same upstroke, classic ska sound.
It’s the end of a work week; it’s raising a fist; it’s screaming your lungs out—it’s diving headfirst into a hundred sweaty bodies. South Carolina’s Longshot Odds captures the energy and abandon of a raging pit, a marriage of iron-heavy chords and honey-thick leads—the kind of music where the bruising comes with the chorus. Their new EP, Circle the Drain, is a six-song EP from an exciting new voice in punk rock—but what they bring to the table is more than the same old sounds. From the metallic “Challenger,” to the grandiose and cinematic “Movin’ On,” all the way to the bouncey folk of “Blood and Asphalt”—Longshot Odds bring a diversity to their sound practically unheard of in today's skate punk scene. But above all this, Circle the Drain promises deliverance through rock ‘n roll, and Longshot Odds fight tooth and claw to deliver. The EP, out now on Dying Scene Records, can be streamed here.