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The Brass Action (ska) release video for “Disposable Razors”

British Columbia ska act The Brass Action have released a stellar new video for their song “Disposable Razors” off of the band’s latest release Brouhaha. The video features a middle-age-ish man out skankin’ about the town. Literally. Awesome!

Check out the video for yourself here.

The Brass Action released Brouhaha back in April of this year. If you’re a fan of The B-Sharps or Mustard Plug, you will no doubt enjoy these guys.



Album Review: The Aggrolites “REGGAE NOW!”

The Aggrolites have returned with their sixth studio album REGGAE NOW! a continuation of their unique brand of funky soulful skinhead reggae. This organ driven “dirty reggae” has almost never felt so tight and cohesive as what they put on display here.

“Pound for Pound” opens the album with a self-promotional dance number. “Boss of hot sauce or what else it may be, Aggro is Aggro stylistically” Jesse toasts over a classic Aggrolites rhythm so steady you could use it to set your watch. This upbeat rocksteady style gets revisited on several tracks, as “Groove Them Move Them” and “Aggro Reggae Party” are sure to be quick additions to summer party playlists. While songs “People Win” and “Help Man” deliver on a more classic Aggrolites sound, where the vocals are delivered with a little more power. Focusing more on delivering the story than harmonizing with the instruments. “Help Man” has the “Countryman Fiddle” style of storytelling that is extremely popular with fans, especially in a live setting.

REGGAE NOW! has The Aggrolites showcasing more of their soulful side. The first track to do this is “Say or Do” which sounds like it was directly lifted off an Alton Ellis album. It has the steady rhythm but the vocals sound poured directly from Motown and displays a deeper sense of emotion. “Love Me Tonight” follows with a beautiful love song that showcases some delightful vocal harmonies. Even the final track, the instrumental “Shadow Walk”, puts some emotion in a dub track.

Speaking of instrumentals there are several to be found here, as what would a roots reggae album be without at least a couple. However, other than “Shadow Walk” and “15 or 50”, these tracks do not do enough to differentiate themselves from the rest of the album. They are most certainly very danceable and may sound better in a live setting but here they tend to blur into the other songs without carving their own space. It makes for a serene playlist for the background, but does not quite draw the attention as some of the other songs found here.

The Aggrolites have always sounded like a punk band trying to play a traditional rocksteady reggae sound, where they would loosely incorporate many different styles of music into a unique blend they dubbed “dirty reggae”. On REGGAE NOW! they have fully evolved into a world class reggae band with a tight incorporation of jazz, funk, and blues. One could almost forget the “dirty” aspect to this sound as the music is as bright and clean as the Caribbean origins of the genre.

4/5 Stars



Uncle Djuzeppe & the Mob Release New Video for “Drama Queen”

New York City ska punks Uncle Djuzeppe & The Mob have released a video for their song “Drama Queen.” The song has some strong gypsy punk vibes and came out in January.

You can watch the video for “Drama Queen” below and download the song for free over at UD&TM’s Bandcamp page.

 



The Bar Stool Preachers announce summer tour dates

Brighton ska-punk outfit The Bar Stool Preachers have announced some new summer tour dates to take place after their supporting run on the Bouncing Souls30th Anniversary Tour.

You can check all of their upcoming dates and locations below.

The Bar Stool Preachers are gearing up to release Grazie Governo on August 3rd, which will be the first new release from the Preachers since 2016’s Blatant Propaganda.



Fireball announce Fuelling The Fire UK Tour with Less Than Jake and Goldfinger

Fireball have announced that their “Fuelling The Fire UK” tour will take place in September 2019, with Less Than Jake and Goldfinger topping the bill.

Also appearing will be Thieves Of Liberty and DJ Matt Stocks, with special guests and competition winners to be announced closer to the time.

Tickets are on sale this Friday (7th June) for the rather good value price of £15.

Check out the full list of dates below.



The Aggrolites release video for “Pound For Pound”

The Aggrolites, who recently released their album REGGAE NOW! via Pirates Press Records have released a video for a track from it. You can watch “Pound For Pound” below.

You can order physical copies of the record from the label now.



Sublime With Rome release new album “Blessings”; announce tour dates

Ska-punk trio Sublime With Rome have released their latest album, Blessings and debuted the first single, “Light On” today during an exclusive YouTube unveiling. The album is available to stream and purchase here.

In support of Blessings, the band will be heading out on a summer tour with support from Soja, as well as hitting some festivals along the way.

You can hear “Light On” as well as find all the tour dates below.



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.

 



Check Out the Video for “Kelly’s Missing” by Codename Colin (UK Ska)

Perfect for every band who has ever been asked to pay to play a venue, UK ska band Codename Colin have taken their anti-pay to play song, “Kelly’s Missing” and turned it into a fun video. You can watch the video, and check out the band, below.



Stream The Interrupters acoustic version of “Gave You Everything”

The Interrupters recently recorded an acoustic version of “Gave You Everything” and made a stylized lyric video to go along with it. You can check out the video below to enjoy the softer side of the ska-punk band. (Yes, it’s really good, by the way.)



The Pomps (Ska, MA) stream new song “Autopsy”

Massachusetts ska act The Pomps are streaming their new single, Autopsy.”  

You can give it a listen below.

The Pomps last released the single “P.A.D.D.” last month.  Before that was their 2017 Alternate America EP.



The Skints tour the US to promote new LP

London reggae/punk exports The Skints are promoting their recently released album Swimming Lessons with West Coast tour this month and into June. A full list of dates is below.

The band released Swimming Lessons this month and it’s the first release since 2015’s FM.



Stream new album “Everybody Love Everybody” from ska-punk act Hooray For Our Side

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.



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 Planet Smashers release video for “Too Much Information” off of upcoming album

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!