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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! 



The Aggrolites announce new album and tour

The kings of dirty reggae The Aggrolites have announced that they are releasing a new album. REGGAE NOW! will be released May 24th via Pirates Press Records. The Aggrolites front-man Wagner had this to say about the upcoming album: “We wanted to keep it real,” Wagner says. “Even though we were proud of [2009 album] IV, we know we went outside the box a little on that one. This time around, we decided to keep it natural: Simple, two-chord reggae. It’s feel-good music. We know what people like out of us. Let’s just be us.”

You can check out the first track off the upcoming album below.

To celebrate the new album, The Aggrolites will be heading out on an extensive tour with The Long Beach Dub All-Stars beginning in late May and ending in early August. The Aggrolites last released IV back in 2009. 



Cut a rug with the infectious new track “P.A.D.D.” from pop influenced ska act The Pomps

After a 30 minute stint listening to some soul crushing hardcore I seriously needed a lift in spirits. Thankfully Massachusetts ska act The Pomps were next up in the editorial inbox with an announcement of their new single titled “P.A.D.D.” It’s poppy, it’s catchy, it’s got jammy organs that will have you vigorously nodding your head if not actually skanking around your living room, and you can do so by streaming it below.

This single marks the band’s first release since 2017’s Alternate America EP.



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