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Spring Heeled Jack streaming new album “Sound Salvation”

Connecticut ska veterans Spring Heeled Jack have made Sound Salvation, their first album in almost 20 years, available to stream. Give the record a listen below, and head over to bandcamp to buy it digitally or on CD.

This is Spring Heeled Jack’s first full-length release since 1998’s Songs from Suburbia.

Spring Heeled Jack announce “Sound Salvation,” their first album in nineteen years

Spring Heeled Jack are back! The Connecticut-based third-wave ska band have played only a select few shows in recent years, but a handful of social media posts over the last year indicated that there was soon to be some new music. At long, long last, that music is finally upon us.

With little lead-up fanfare, the band self-released a brand new full-length. It’s called Sound Salvation, and it mark’s Spring Heeled Jack’s first studio album since 1999’s Songs From Suburbia (editor’s note: their 1996 debut, Static World View, remains one of the best albums by anybody and I’ll fight you if you say otherwise). For now, Sound Salvation is available in digital copy only by clicking here. Stay tuned; we’ll try to bring you more on this one soon!

DS Photo Gallery: Spring Heeled Jack, Mephiskapheles, Party Bois and The Hulls (Toad’s Place, New Haven, CT)

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Last Saturday at the legendary Toad’s Place in New Haven, Connecticut, was one for the local, old-school ska punk family as Spring Heeled Jack made their triumphant return to their hometown stage. The band have played only a handful of shows since effectively reuniting a few years ago after a decade-long absence, making for a special evening when they do dust off the dancing shoes and fire up the old tunes. The lineup has changed several-fold over the last few years as original members have either passed on (drummer Dave Karcich sadly died of a cerebral aneurysm in 2010) or moved on to comparatively greener pastures (Chris Rhodes to the Mighty Mighty Bosstones, (Re)Pete Wasilewski to Less Than Jake) but the core singer-guitarist combo of Ron Ragona and Mike Pellegrino remains in tact, and trumpeteer/lovable wild card Tyler Green continues to remain the humorous, slightly-off-the-rails lynchpin of the horn section.

Spring Heeled Jack, long considered (by me anyway) to be one of the more underrated bands of a genre that flamed out too quickly, drew the bulk of their headlining set on this particular night from their two studio full-lengths, 1996’s criminally-underrated Static World View and 1998’s Songs from Suburbia. Any ska-punk band worth their salt in the genre’s late-1990s heyday had a live show that consisted of a ball of frenetic energy, and Spring Heeled Jack were certainly no exception to that rule “back in the day.” Despite being on the other side of seventeen years without a new album (which my god makes this particular writer feel ancient) and with a handful of new members (Corky Evans on drums, Peet Golan on bass, Nick Bacon and his sunglasses-at-night on keys, Tom Quartulli and Mike DeMatteo and the latter’s kick-ass white sport coat on saxophone), the band seemed arguably as tight and impassioned as ever, though perhaps it helps playing to a hometown crowd consisting largely of friends, family, and longtime fans.


The Hulls

Party Bois

Support on this night came from a veritable variety show of acts. Local one-named comedian Beecher provided between set banter, though a few showgoers in the otherwise generally tame crowd started to turn on him rather vociferously by the end of his last set. Direct support came from legendary NY ska punk vets Mephiskapheles who, though packed like sardines (or perhaps like tuna?) into the front of the crowded stage, played with an energy that belied their having eclipsed the quarter-century mark as a band. Boston-based four-piece Party Bois preceded the satanic ska-punk octet and were, well, a mystery wrapped inside a cocaine-and-power-suit-fueled 1980s wedding party of an enigma. Trying to sum up the experience that is Party Bois in a scant few sentences is a near impossible task. The band was started somewhat on a lark by Spring Heeled Jack frontman Ron Ragona and friends (though Ragona no longer performs with Party Bois; he’s more of a Party Bois Emeritus), the project took on a life of its own. It’s synth-pop that takes itself incredibly seriously and, somehow, not seriously at all, making for an experience that’s either incredibly surreal or, more probably, incredibly awesome. Seriously…just watch this and see if you can figure it out. Local openers The Hulls are a straight-forward street punk band from New Haven who evoke bands more ‘classic’ New England punk bands like Darkbuster (and even covered a Darkbuster track) and along with newer bands like The Scandals or The Darlings, all of whom are near and dear to my own personal heart.

Check out our photo gallery from the fun, varied night below!

Spring Heeled Jack announce two New England shows

Good news for fans of the greatest band to ever come from the Nutmeg State (or is it the Constitution State??)! Spring Heeled Jack is back in the house  (again)!

In addition to their previously-announced appearance at July’s Virginia Ska Fest, the Connecticuteers announced plans for a couple of New England shows that’ll fall immediately on the heels of VSF. Check out the dates below.

Spring Heeled Jack (editor’s note: I refuse to call them Spring Heeled Jack (USA) – sue me already) haven’t put out an album since 1998’s “Songs From Suburbia.” We’ve been hearing rumors of a new album for a couple years, but nothing has surfaced yet. Maybe stay tuned?

Spring Heeled Jack, The Pietasters, The Toasters and more to play Virginia Ska Fest 2015

Rejoice, Virginian ska fans! The lineup for this year’s edition of Virginia Ska Fest has been revealed and it’s a doozy!

Bands playing the 2-day festival which is set to take place on July 24th and 25th at the Blue & Gray Brewery in Fredericksburg, VA include Spring Heeled Jack, The Pietasters, The Toasters, The Slackers, and more.

Check out the individual day lineups below, and head over here to grab your tickets!

Spring Heeled Jack announce fall tour dates

Connecticut skacore band Spring Heeled Jack have announced a few east coast tour dates they will be playing in late October.

Dates and locations can be seen below.

Back in January, Spring Heeled Jack revealed plans to release a new record sometime in 2013. Their last album was 1998′s “Songs From Suburbia.”

Lineup announced for Apple Stomp (Suicide Machines, Spring Heeled Jack, Mephiskapheles and many more)

Dust off the pork pie hats and two-tone wingtips, boys and girls. Asbestos Records has announced the lineup for the two-day Apple Stomp festival, and it’ll make the 1998 ska-core fan in you stoked.

Apple Stomp will take place May 31 and June 1 at Irving Plaza in NYC, and will feature the likes of the Suicide Machines, The Slackers, Spring Heeled Jack, Mephiskapheles, Pilfers, The Pietasters, MU330, Murphy’s Law and (the biggest *holy shit* moment for this writer) Thumper. Click here for more information.

Spring Heeled Jack announce plans for new album in 2013

The list of albums to save your pennies for in 2013 has just grown a little longer.

Newly-reunited Connecticut skacore band Spring Heeled Jack took to Facebook today to determine whether or not there was interest in the band recording a new album. The response was overwhelming. Here’s SHJ’s official announcement:

You wanted it got it …New Album for 2013!!

Unlike the band’s recent reunion shows, the new album will include a full horn section! Two of their horn players have since moved on to active roles in Less Than Jake and Mighty Mighty Bosstones, so we’ll keep you posted as this one develops.

Spring Heeled Jack’s last album was 1998’s “Songs From Suburbia.”


Video: Spring Heeled Jack cover Huey Lewis and the News’ “Workin’ For A Livin'”

Recently reunited Connecticut skacore band Spring Heeled Jack have posted a live performance video of their current lineup covering the classic Huey Lewis And The News track “Workin’ For A Livin’.” Check it out here.

The video was shot at the New Haven, CT, stop on this fall’s Skalapalooza tour, which featured SHJ alongside The Pietasters, the Pilfers, and a bunch of others.

Spring Heeled Jack’s last album was their 1998 Ignition Records debut “Songs From Suburbia.”

Lineup announced for Asbestos Records Skalapalooza Tour (Pietasters, Pilfers, Spring Heeled Jack and more)

Break out the pinstriped suits and polish up your wingtips, rude boys and rude girls!

Details have been announced for the 2012 Skalapalooza Tour. Concocted by the folks as Asbestos Records, the tour features the likes of The Pietasters, New York’s Pilfers and an acoustic set from Connecticut skankers Spring Heeled Jack, as well as appearances from Big D & The Kids Table, Edna’s Goldfish and a bunch more at select dates. Click here for the full tour rundown.

Original Spring Heeled Jack members to reunite for acoustic show with members of The Slackers, Bomb The Music Industry

Sorry for the short notice on this one, but it’s a cool story rude boys and rude girls. Ron Ragona and Mike Pellegrino of Spring Heeled Jack (or Spring Heeled Jack USA depending on when you caught on to them) fame are reuniting for a one-night-only acoustic gig tomorrow in their home state of Connecticut.

The duo have only played SHJ songs together a couple of times since the band’s 2000 hiatus (which essentially became a break-up when their drummer, Dave Karcich, passed away in 2002).

Making this story even cooler is that the SHJ fellas are playing with Vic Ruggiero of The Slackers and Binary Heart (also known as Mike Costa from Bomb The Music Industry!). Click here for show info.

Spring Heeled Jack’s last album was 1998’s “Songs From Suburbia,” released on Ignition Records.