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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”. 



The Aquabats announce 20th anniversary tour dates

The Aquabats will be celebrating their 20th anniversary with a few weeks of shows on the eastern side of the US this May!

Details on when and where they’ll be stopping can be found below.

The Aquabats’ latest album Hi-Five Soup was released on January 18th, 2011 through Fearless Records.



The Aquabats, The Exposed and more added to 2013 Warped Tour

The Vans Warped Tour has announced that Crown The Empire, The Aquabats! (7/19-7/22, 7/26-7/29), Gin Wigmore, New Beat Fund (6/15-7/3), Volumes (7/6-7/21), New Empire (7/6-8/4), The Cleopatra Complex (7/12-8/4), Driver, Friendly (7/5-7/21), Bangups (7/2-7/14), and The Exposed (6/15-6/29) will be joining the 2013 tour.

The tour runs from June 15th through August 4th and show details and ticket info can be found on the Warped tour dates page.

All the 2013 bands announced to date can be found on the Warped Bands page and look for the next announcement next week.



Random Cover Song: Waste Basket covers “Chemical Bomb” (The Aquabats)

Cover songs are like a box of chocolates; you never know what you’re going to get. We here at Dying Scene love hearing punk bands do their own take on other band’s songs. Sometimes they pull off amazing interpretations of old classics, sometimes they’re not much more than humble tributes to a fellow artist, and other times they’re just downright laughable renditions of otherwise great songs. Good or bad. Intriguing or mundane. We’ll let you be the judge.

Today, Chicago ska/punk outfit Waste Basket covers “Chemical Bomb,” off the 1999 Aquabats album “The Aquabats Vs. The Floating Eye Of Death.” Check out the cover here and the original here.



Video: The Aquabats – Poppin’ a Wheelie! (at OC Great Park)

The Aquabats recently played a free show at the OC Great Park in Irvine last month. Check out a video of “Poppin’ a Wheelie!” here.

The band’s most recent album, Hi-Five Soup, came out January 18 on Fearless Records.



Video: MC Bat Commander (The Aquabats) answers fan questions

Ska favorites and kids show stars The Aquabats posted a new video to Facebook. In it, MC Bat Commander answers some really important questions about backflips, Danzigs and why The Aquabats are The Aquabats.

Check out the video here.

The Aquabats! Super Show! is on Saturdays at 8am PST/11am EST on The Hub. You can also grab it on iTunes.



Watch a sneak peek of The Aquabats! Super Show!

Superhero ska band The Aquabats have released a 3-minute sneak peek of their new TV show “The Aquabats! Super Show!” on the iTunes Store for free.

You can download this preview right here.

The Aquabats! Super Show! premieres this Saturday at 8am PST/11am EST on The Hub.



Viva Ska Vegas announces part of lineup (Auquabats, MU330 & more)

Viva Ska Vegas, a new and HUGE ska festival, has been announced for 2012. The festival will be taking place in Henderson, Nevada, on April 28th, at the Henderson Events Center.

The first round of bands announced to be playing the festival includes The Aquabats, Voodoo Glow Skulls, MU330, The Remedies, My Superhero, Tuesday After School, Monkey, Go Go 13, and La Banda Skalvera.

Tickets will go on sale via Ticketfly on Saturday at 10 am. We’ll keep you posted as more bands on the lineup are announced.



10 Great Punk Songs about Aliens!

Halloween is a mere two weeks away, which means its time to start thinking about just how slutty or ridiculous your costume is going to be this year.  To help inspire you, we’ve compiled a list of 10 great punk songs about aliens that you can check out and rock out to right here (part 2 here).

Oh, and if you missed them in the previous weeks we did 10 Great Punk Songs About Vampires and Zombies too.



The Aquabats to star in their own TV show

It’s kind of fitting, if you think about it. The Aquabats are wacky, have goofy stage names and wear superhero costumes. Not to mention, MC Bat Commander is one of the creators of Yo Gabba Gabba. So it’s not a huge mental leap for them to be starring in their own kids’ TV show, called “The Aquabats Super Show.” They made a pilot in 2008, and you can see a preview from back then here.

The show will air on The Hub for their 2011-2012 season, and will be “quirky comedy adventure show” and through “a hybrid of concert footage, live-action skits and animation, the Aquabats battle evil with music and superhero powers unlike any seen before.”

The band’s most recent album, Hi-Five Soup, came out January 18 on Fearless Records. They will perform at Coachella in April.



The Aquabats “Hi-Five Soup” has a big Billboard debut

Everyone’s favorite wacky superhero ska band and Strong Bad samplers, The Aquabats, had a pretty good week on the charts with their new album, “Hi-Five Soup.”

The album debuted at #5 on the Heatseekers chart, #7 on the Top Children’s Chart and#158 on the Top 200. Previously, the band’s album “Charge!” had charted at #21 on the Heatseekers chart.

The album came out January 18 on Fearless Records. You can stream the whole thing here or check out our review. The band will perform at Coachella in April.



Video: The Aquabats share the stage with Strong Bad

Our favorite ska band the Aquabats have posted a video of them playing their song “Pink Pants!” in Atlanta, GA a few days ago. Remember how, on the album, Strong Bad joined them for guest vocals? Well, he has now joined them on stage. Yes. Check it out here.

The Aquabats released Hi-Five Soup! on Fearless Records on January 18th.



Album Review: The Aquabats – “Hi-Five Soup”

Once upon a time (in high school), I went to a cafe where a local alternative radio station was doing some sort of promo event. The DJ had a stack of CD singles on a table and we could take whatever we wanted. So I grabbed The Aquabats “Super Rad!” and something else. I played that single nonstop. The track is just straight-up goofy, bouncy ska.

In the 14 years since “Super Rad!” (along with the rest of The Fury of The Aquabats!) came out, the band has evolved, grown, changed and – dare I say it? – matured, but hasn’t lost its fun-loving, goofy edge.

They aren’t afraid to play around with different musical styles, to experiment and manipulate their sound. There is no better example of this than the second track on the album, “B.F.F.” (for the sake of not sounding like I’m excessively emotional about this record, I’m going to leave the exclamation points off from here on out). It opens with some synth notes, and some extremely poppy-sounding vocals. And some “woo hoo” in the background. The lyrics are the same old wacky Aquabats, but the sound is very un-ska-like. They even throw in some deliberate auto-tune, Kanye-style, toward the end. And it works. The group is clearly unafraid to experiment and push themselves outside of the boundaries of what a ska band “should” sound like.

“Radio Down” is another example of their departure from straight-up ska. The song does have a ska beat to it, but also offers up a hip-hop verse from Biz Markie and some sampled Billy Idol lyrics (“with the record selection and the mirror’s reflection I’m dancing with myself”).

Fret not, Aquabat purists. Songs like “Poppin a Wheelie,” “The Shark Fighter” and “Food Fight on the Moon” definitely hold up to the sound of their past albums, and “Pink Pants” features some vocals from none other than Strong Bad (yes, that Strong Bad). The band hasn’t lost their sound, but they’ve taken it to another level, played with it, and used it to mess with everyone’s heads. Which, if you ask me, fits perfectly with what The Aquabats have always done.



The Aquabats, Flogging Molly, Gogol Bordello, OFF! playing Coachella festival

Coachella is more known for attracting the indie crowd, but the 2011 lineup was just announced and it looks like there will be at least a few punk bands playing.

The fest runs from Friday, April 15 through Sunday, April 17 in California. The Aquabats and Flogging Molly are on Friday’s roster, Gogol Bordello will play Saturday and punk supergroup OFF! is on the bill for Sunday.

See the full line-up here or at the festival’s official site.



Full Album Stream: The Aquabats – “Hi-Five Soup”

Always ones for oddity, the self-proclaimed punk rock superheroes, The Aquabats, have unleashed a full album stream of their upcoming full-length Hi-Five Soup in the form of a YouTube playlist. You can listen to the entire thing right here.

The Aquabats released Hi-Five Soup on January 18th via Fearless Records.