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Just Friends sign to Pure Noise for the re-release of their “Nothing But Love” LP

California-based ska-punk group Just Friends have signed a deal with Pure Noise to re-release last year’s Nothing But Love album. The album is out March 15th, with pre-orders up now.

To mark the announcement, the band have released a video for “Supersonic”. Have a watch below.



New Video: The Interrupters – “Gave You Everything”

Get fired up, kids. The Interrupters dropped a brand new video for your pre-Valentine’s Day viewing enjoyment. It’s for the track “Gave You Everything,” which is my personal favorite track from their latest album, Fight The Good Fight. Check it out below!

Fight The Good Fight, the band’s third full-length, came out last June on Hellcat Records.



Sublime With Rome detail Summer tour

Sublime With Rome will hit the road (with support from Soja) starting June 2nd in Cedar Rapids, IA and ending on August 4th in Dallas, TX. They will be touring in support of their forthcoming full-length album, Blessings, which will include recent single “Spiderweb“.

A full list of tour dates is below. Ticket information is up on the band’s website.



Hub City Stompers release video for “Fathers Day”

New Jersey ska-punks Hub City Stompers have just premiered a new video for “Fathers Day” via BlankTV. The track is from their current album Haters Dozen. The track features guest vocals from King Django.

Have a watch below.



Introducing Ska Punk Act: Legal Disaster

Ska enthusiasts everywhere, rejoice! The time for 4th wave ska is neigh. Seriously, I really do think that 4th wave ska is going to make an appearance in 2019. Particularly if bands like Legal Disaster are going to be leading the charge. This ska-core band hits you in the face with all the classic sounds you’ve grown accustomed to in ska waves 1 through 3. Legal Disaster is a healthy mix of cynicism and joyful apathy. There are a couple of bangers on their latest EP Drugged on War that really grabbed my attention right away. I truly think that their song “We Are the USA” perfectly encapsulates the exact “WTF” feeling I’ve felt since I first realized jet fuel can’t melt steel beams. Honorable mention to “Cigarettes”, it’s got everything; a voice over, anecdotal life advice, and a blatant disregard for said common sense. Check them out below.



The Brass Action (ska) streaming cover of “In The Basement” (The Scofflaws)

What’s better than Canadian punk? Canadian Ska! The Brass Action are streaming their maple coated cover of The Scofflaws classic “In The Basement”. The Brass Action also announced they have a new album on the way, later in April they will release their third LP.

Check out the new cover song below.

The Brass Action released a split EP with the Indications in November of last year. If you enjoy Mustard Plug or The B Sharps no doubt you will get a kick out of these guys.



Album review: Reel Big Fish “Life Sucks…Let’s Dance!”

 

Best known for ushering in the third wave of ska in the mid-90’s Reel Big Fish are back with their ninth full length studio album Life Sucks…Lets Dance!, their first since 2012’s aptly named Candy Coated Fury.

Reel Big Fish make their living taking serious lyrical content and covering it in a sugary-sweet wrapper and delivering it with upstroke guitars, bouncy brass work, and wonderful vocal harmonies. They have perfected the craft of making people dance to songs about depression, self-doubt, failed relationships, and the grind of everyday suckitude. Life Sucks…Lets Dance! continues this premise with fourteen ways to dance away life’s grind.

The album opens with the titular “Life Sucks…Let’s Dance” and it’s clear that this album is meant to be a distraction from reality. ‘They’re saying things are worse than they’ve ever been, looks like the bad guys are going to win, and nobody here is gettin’ out alive….maybe if we have some fun we won’t feel so bad’ Aaron sings over a happy sounding trumpet line. This dichotomy is also present in “You Can’t Have All of Me” where he laments about all the things in life that are vying for his time and how he does not have enough time for himself, presented alongside a sublime trombone solo.

There are several songs that have the classic Reel Big Fish vibe. There is the trumpet fanfare fueled and angry “Pissed Off”, the 80’s rock “Bleached Thang, Baby” that sounds like a song they forgot to put on Why Do They Rock So Hard?, and “Another Beer Song” which copies the themes from Turn the Radio Off’s “Beer” but with an opening chorus of ‘Whoas’ that sound lifted from the Misfits “American Psycho”.

Where Life Sucks…Let’s Dance! really seems to shine is in the second half. “Ska Show” and “The Good Old Days” are two covers from Forces of Evil which featured several members of the current Reel Big Fish lineup. These two put the ska in ska-punk and are highly danceable tunes. This is followed by “G.D. Beautiful Day” which may be my favorite track on the album, is a bright shiny happy middle finger to all ‘these assholes trying to ruin my life’. It’s an optimistic song that is almost out of place on a Reel Big Fish album. The album ends with “I’d Rather Get It Wrong” and the instrumental “Walter’s Highlife”. The first a toe tapping ska tune about being in love, even if it is not a perfect love. The latter being exactly the type of instrumental you would expect from someone wearing Hawaiian shirts all the time. It’s got infectiously sweet guitar work, bright beautiful horns, and a Caribbean samba vibe.

The one miss on this album is “Bob Marley’s Toe” which, when based on instrumentation alone, is an absolute banger of a reggae tune. But upon further review of lyrical content, it seems out of place. RBF have never shied away from joke songs but this one falls flat and the “I wish this song was longer/No you don’t” breaks the fourth wall a little too accurately.

Life Sucks…Let’s Dance! is not breaking new ground for Reel Big Fish, however it delivers one of their catchiest albums and some songs find them at the best they have ever been. It’s a very solid 4 out of 5 checkered pork pie hats.

4/5 Stars



Uncle Djuzeppe & The Mob Release New Single “Drama Queen” for Free Download

New York City multicultural ska punks Uncle Djuzeppe & The Mob have released a new single entitled “Drama Queen” on their Bandcamp. The track is slated to be followed by a music video in the coming months. For now though, you can download the track for free via Bandcamp.

“Drama Queen” is the first release by Uncle Djuzeppe & The Mob since their last EP “The Mob Rule” which came out in 2018. You can listen to “Drama Queen” below.



New Music: Lenny Lashley’s Gang Of One – “All Are Welcome”

We’ve been waiting on this one for a good long time, but that wait is almost over!

Lenny Lashley’s Gang Of One, the solo project of (The New) Darkbuster frontman and Street Dogs guitarist Lenny Lashley, has announced plans for a brand new full-length album. It’s called All Are Welcome, and it’s due out February 15th on Pirates Press Records. Pre-orders will be available soon; stay tuned.

To whet your appetite, the album’s title track is streaming right here now; it’s a pretty powerful tune if we’re being honest. Check it out. While you’re there, check out where you can catch the full rundown of Lashley’s upcoming shows, most of which find him providing support for Dropkick Murphys’ annual St. Patrick’s Day US tour.

Lenny Lashley’s debut Gang Of One album, Illuminator, was released back in 2013 on Panic State and Pirates Press.



Show Review: The Slackers celebrate the Holidays at Irving Plaza with War On Women and The Pandemics

The Slackers on stage at Irving Plaza. Text and photos by Kate Hoos

NYC Ska stalwarts The Slackers hit the stage a few days before Christmas for their annual holiday show at Irving Plaza in Manhattan where they were joined by fellow ska heads The Pandemics and feminist hardcore firebrands War On Women to make for a genre bending helluva good time holiday shindig!

Pics and review from the show below.



In case you missed it: Mad Caddies stream new song “I’m Going Surfing for Xmas”

It’s not January 1st yet so we reserve the right to continue publishing stories about punk Christmas songs that we were too busy to write earlier.

If you are in a part of the world where it’s cold outside, while hating the cold, Mad Caddies have a special song for you. Stream “I’m Going Surfing for Xmas” below for some much needed warmth.



Sweet Babylon (punk reggae ska) stream new music

Just in time for Christmas Fall River, MA’s Sweet Babylon have released two new albums. The first being a live version of their track “X-mas Truth”. The second is a five song cover album which features covers of the Ramones, Reel Big Fish, the Police, Suicide Machines, and a ridiculously good mash-up of Blondie’s “Tide is High” with Fall Out Boy’s “Sugar Were Going Down”.

Both albums are being offered for free as a Christmas gift. Is there a better present than free music?

Check out the streams below.



Mustard Plug announce West Coast tour

Ska warriors Mustard Plug continue to skank on. The band has announced a run of West Coast tour dates, including the 16th annual run of Midwestern holiday shows.

You can check out the full list of shows below.

Mustard Plug last released Can’t Contain It back in 2014, and continue to tour North America and beyond like a ska Santa that delivers tidings and good cheer all year round. 



The Donald Trumpets (Ska) streaming new single “Coping Mechanisms”

Australian ska outfit The Donald Trumpets are streaming their new single “Coping Mechanisms”. The new song comes off of the band’s upcoming EP, no name or release date has been announced for the new album.

Check out the new song below.

The forthcoming EP will be the first release from the upstart Aussie ska unit. If you’re a fan of The B-Sharps or Mustard Plug you will get a kick out of these guys.



The Mighty Mighty Bosstones announce support for annual Hometown Throwdown event

The Mighty Mighty Bosstones have announced the supporting acts for their annual three night Hometown Throwdown event, at the House of Blues in Boston. Joining The Bosstones this year will be: The Aggrolites, Stray Bullets (December 28th), Bedouin Soundclash, Reggae Workers of the World (December 29th) and Color Killer (December 30th).

You can grab tickets for Hometown Throwdown here.

The Mighty Mighty Bosstones released the album While We’re At It earlier this year, before embarking on a brief North American tour. Check out the video for the song “Mad Dash”, off the previously mentioned While We’re At It below