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Announcing the Cranking & Skanking Fest 2019 in Pawtucket, RI

Featuring The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, The Amazing Royal Crowns, Voodoo Glow Skulls, and Buck-O-Nine – plus many others yet to be announced, the 2019 Cranking and Skanking Fest is shaping up to be something special for ska punk fans. It will be held on August 10th at The Met Courtyard in Pawtucket, Rhode Island.

The festival will also feature food vendors and free craft beer tasting. To purchase tickets, click here.

 



Album Review: Buck-O-Nine “FunDayMental”

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.

3.5/5 Stars



Exclusive Interview: On top of the world with Buck-O-Nine’s Jon Pebsworth, talks “Fundaymental” and keeping it DIY in a septet

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!



Video Premiere: Buck-O-Nine debut music video for, “Tuff Rude Boy”

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!



Buck-O-Nine release music video for “Top Of The World

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.



Goldfinger announce California shows with The Suicide Machines

Ska punk vets Goldfinger have just announced two shows in San Diego and Anaheim, California on August 31 and September 1. The trio will be playing with The Suicide Machines, Buck-O-Nine, and Suburban Legends. 

Goldfinger last release their album “The Knife” in 2017 on Rise Records.



Buck-O-Nine release new music video for “Don’t Be Afraid”

San Diego ska veterans Buck-O-Nine have released a new video for their song “Don’t Be Afraid”. The video features a lot of skulls and bones, and it comes off the Cleopatra Records Halloween Compilation.

You can check out the rad new video below.

The new song is the first new music from Buck-O-Nine since 2007’s Sustain. 



Cleopatra Records releases Halloween comp (new songs by Buck-O-Nine, Implants & more)

Cleopatra Records just released a new compilation titled Punk Rock Halloween – Loud, Fast & Scary. It features 27 Halloween-themed songs from the likes of Buck-O-Nine, Implants, Guttermouth, Reel Big Fish, and many others.

You can give the comp a listen below, and buy it on bandcamp.



Dying Scene Radio Special Edition – It’s Not Dead Fest

In this Special Edition of the new and improved Dying Scene Radio, the boys get out of the city and head out to sweltering San Bernardino, CA for the second annual It’s Not Dead Fest. We told the new hosts that if they came back empty handed, we’d cut their funding and whaddaya know?!? It worked!  Not only did they miraculously pull off an interview with the stalwarts of ska, Buck O Nine, they also managed to somehow dupe canadian pop punk phenoms The Flatliners into talking to them! So congrats, gentlemen! For your herculean efforts your existing budget of $0 will remain in place in perpetuity. Now, get back to work! And you dear listener, enjoy the fruits of their labor! Interviews, a fantastic playlist featuring some of the many incredible acts to play the festival and much, much more, below!



Rancid, Dropkick Murphys, Buck-O-Nine & more to play It’s Not Dead Fest 2

The first round of bands playing the 2nd edition of It’s Not Dead Fest has been revealed. The lineup for the California punk festival currently features Rancid, Dropkick Murphys, Buck-O-Nine, Good Riddance, Voodoo Glow Skulls, Mad Caddies, and more.

Check out the full list of bands included in the first announcement below.

It’s Not Dead Fest 2 is set take place on Saturday, August 26th at the Glen Helen Festival Grounds in San Bernardino, CA. Tickets will be available through the festival website starting Monday, March 20th at 9am PDT.



Voodoo Glow Skulls announces West Coast tour with Buck-O-Nine and The Porkers

Skacore legends Voodoo Glow Skulls have announced a run of West Coast tour dates with Buck-O-Nine and Australian ska-punk band The Porkers.

The tour begins in the new year, and travels up and down the West Coast of the US, covering California, Nevada, Seattle, and Portland.

You can have a look at all the tour dates and locations below.

Voodoo Glow Skulls’ latest album “Break the Spell” was released through Smelvis Records in 2012.



Voodoo Glow Skulls announce west coast summer tour dates

SoCal ska-core veterans Voodoo Glow Skulls will be playing shows on the west coast all summer long, a few of which will also feature the legendary Buck O Nine! Info on the dates and locations can be found below.

Voodoo Glow Skulls’ latest full-length Break The Spell was released in 2012 through Smelvis Records. They have since re-released 1994’s Who Is, This Is? on Asian Man Records and are reportedly working on a new record.



Buck O Nine are back and working on a new album

In a recent interview done on Punks In Vegas, Jon Pebsworth, lead singer of San Diego ska act Buck-O-Nine, revealed that after a near 4 year hiatus the band is once again working on new material.

Pebsworth says:

“Actually yeah, we’re going to start working on some songs in the next month or so. It’s hard sometimes for us because everyone is older and a lot of the guys are married and have kids and stuff and now our bass player lives south of Lake Tahoe in like Yosemite or something, way up there. And I live in LA, and the rest of the guys all still live in San Diego and are super spread out in San Diego County. So for all 7 of us to be in the same room together with our instruments in a proper rehearsal studio, or a proper garage or somewhere to practice, it makes the songwriting process pretty hard. But over this past weekend when we had our little road trip and played a couple shows we had some time to talk about it in the van and we came up with a plan that kind of involved the internet but kind of doesn’t. We thought we might try to do it a little unorthodox and I think we came up with a pretty good little strategy. But yeah, we should have something new recorded and done hopefully by the end of the year sometime or the first part of next year.”

Buck O Nine released their last album, “Sustain,” in 2007 on Asian Man Records.