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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!



The Brass Action (Ska) stream new album “Brouhaha”

Vancouver ska-punks The Brass Action are streaming their new album, Brouhaha, which was released on April 13th.

You can give it a listen below.

The Brass Action last released a cover of The Scofflaws’ “In The Basement” in January 2019.



The Hempsteadys release video for “Classic Cars”

New London, Connecticut’s The Hempsteadys have released a video for “Classic Cars” off the critically acclaimed Séance! Séance! This is a slower jam from the ska-punks but it has an infectious groove and delivers on a sense of nostalgia.

Check out the video below.



Album Review: Be Like Max – “Save Us All”

Las Vegas ska-punks Be Like Max are back with their fourth album Save Us All. Immediately it strikes as a throwback to the Suicide Machines brand of hardcore punk with massively catchy and danceable ska breakdowns. Being Produced by David McWane, of Big D fame, probably has a lot to do with the tight evolution of the ska influence.

This album is chock full of vitriolic hardcore punk with an undercurrent of brass driven ska. Sometimes the syncopated guitars are used to provide a bouncy backdrop, other times the brass is in the breakdown and given room to expand the sound of the song. The opener “Time Flies When You’re Having Work” gives a prime example of both. While “Elitist Punks” and “The Boss is Stealing” are examples of how to use a horn section to give blisteringly fast punk a chance to breathe.

“At least I’m not a Toucher “ holds nothing back in a song that extols the singers faults while simultaneously providing a vicious take down of real life villains like Bill Cosby and Harvey Weinstein. “I’m not a Role model, but at least I’m not like Cosby. What a piece of f**cking shit”. The chorus delivers over a fantastic change of pace that hammers home the dichotomy of the self-deprecation versus the criticism of people who use their position of power in heinous ways.

Then there’s “F**k the News” a warning to pay attention to the divisive nature of the news cycles, as Fox and CNN are both the same in their goal of making you distrust the other side. This song is then broken up by a ska-interlude that feels more like a punk-goes-swing invasion that would be at home on a Cherry Poppin’ Daddies album. Immediately following that comes “Give it Up” with what feels like an extension of “F**k the News” but with a different ska twist. These two songs seamlessly create a two act play on the theme of distrusting what you are force-fed.

Not all the songs in the album have that in your face punk attitude as “King of the House” and a cover of Mephiskapheles’ “Doomsday” showcase the bands ability to create a skanking beat. However even these songs hold tight to the theme of self-reflection and the idea that the world has gone crazy. In a rare spot of levity, the album ends with “Home Away from Home” which gives us a little bit of the fun good time bouncy ska that most people think of when someone mentions the word ska.

With Save Us All, Be Like Max have crafted a ska album that defines the ska genre in 2019. This album delivers a mix of hardcore punk and energetic ska that is equally self aware and socially conscious. It is an aggressive, in your face attempt to make you dance.

5/5 Stars



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.



K-Man & the 45s (ska) streaming “Stand With Youth”

Montreal ska-punks K-Man & The 45s are streaming the title track “Stand With Youth” off of their upcoming album of the same name. The track features the classic ska tones we’ve come to love from the fellas from Quebec. Due out April 19th on Stomp Records, this album promises to be an instant classic for fans of ska.

You can check out the new song below.

This is the first new release from K-Man & The 45s since 2016’s self titled album was released. If you’re a fan of the Planet Smashers or Mustard Plug, these guys have that same upstroke, classic ska sound. 



Madaline (Ska, TX) Stream Latest Album “It Is What It Is”

Texas-based ska outfit Madaline have put their entire latest album online for fans to stream. The record is titled It Is What It Is and features a total of 10 horn-driven ditties – ideal for a pre-summer skank.

You can check out It Is What It Is below. It’s the latest music from Madaline since their 2017 effort, The Coast is Clear.



DS Exclusive: The Toasters and Malafacha at Beat Kitchen (Chicago) Gallery

Legendary ska band The Toasters, with support from Chicago’s Malafacha, hit Beat Kitchen on February 28, 2019. The Toasters, founded in 1981, are one of the first wave of American Ska bands.

At the Beat Kitchen, The Toasters line up include frontman Robert “Bucket” Hingley; Tim Karns on bass; Grillbert Covarrubias on trombone; drummer Boris Maninvelt (Upsessions Holland); Deals Olan on saxophone (Out of Control Army MX); Buford O. Sullivan on trombone (ex-Scofflaws). 

Check out the full review and all the pics below.



Be Like Max (Ska, Vegas) stream new album “Save Us All”

Vegas ska punks Be Like Max are streaming their new full-length, Save Us All, which was released on February 17th.

You can give it a listen below.

Be Like Max last released Against All Odds in October 2015.



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.