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Omnigone (ska-core) share video for Quentel the Cryptid cover “If You Lived Here”

Omnigone, the brand new East Bay ska-core project from Adam Davis of Link 80, just dropped a music video for their cover of “If You Lived Here” by San Francisco’s Quentel the Cryptid. The video features some of Quentel’s trademark masked characters wandering the sites of an unidentified city, backed by the energetic ska that Omnigone is quickly becoming known for. Just in time for Halloween, this is the first follow-up to No Faith (the band’s debut album on West Coast ska-punk label Bad Time Records) and their second release ever.

Check out the video for yourself below.



Stream a ska version of Graduating Life’s “Cold Raviolis”

If you’re online in the year 2019 and have even the slightest clue what the genre “ska” entails, then you’ve probably seen a video from Skatune Network, even if you didn’t realize what it was you were watching. The incredibly unique project of Florida musician Jeremy Hunter (they/them) started with a YouTube channel and a single mission––to bring back ska, one cover song at a time.

Today, that channel boasts over a million views, with over 100,000 subscribers and nearly twice as many combined followers across other social media platforms. Formed in 2017, Skatune Network has turned everything from 80s pop ballads to emo anthems, R&B jams, and even songs from popular movies and TV shows into bonafide ska hits, and the brass mastermind has no plans on slowing down.

Teaming up with rising indie label Counter Intuitive Records, Skatune Network will release their debut album Pick It The Fuck Up on September 27. Each song on the album will be a cover of a Counter Intuitive-adjacent band, including oso oso, Prince Daddy & the Hyena, Retirement Party, Kississippi, and more.

Today a video is out for the first new track, a cover of Graduating Life’s “Cold Raviolis.” Watch it below.



Album Review: The Planet Smashers “Too Much Information”

Earlier this year Canadian ska punks The Planet Smashers released their ninth studio album Too Much Information, which also corresponds with their twenty-fifth anniversary as a band. This album finds them continuing to expand upon their signature mix of upbeat two tone ska and punk.

The album abruptly starts with the titular “Too Much Information” as a bouncing horn line greets you without a proper introduction. In a song about the potential for oversharing via social media it is nice to get a sound that was massively popular before the advent of said media platforms. It drops an early English Beat meets the Police vibe that is ridiculously catchy. This sound is further explored with “Aim High” and “Going Out Solo” a couple of songs later.

“Break My Neck (A Love Song)” follows with what is arguably the best song on the album. In 2016 lead singer Matt Collyer fractured his cervical spine, he then used this to poetically pen a love song. “I may break my neck, but I will never break your heart” he croons in a way that is more intrinsically emotional than the rest of the album. The honesty on display is highly personal and it is obvious that this song is more than just another love song. Throughout the album the organ is featured, but not more perfectly than on this number. It is a bouncier sound that lends a little brevity to the heaviness of the lyrics.

The Planet Smashers still deliver on their classic high energy fun music with songs like “Brain Freeze” the product of being betrayed by a delicious treat, “Superfan” which is an ode to fans of ska still waiting for their fourth wave, and “Hookie” a banger about skipping work and having fun. This time the more playful “Light in Your Smile” cranks up the reggae side, and features some phenomenal drum work. However they do experiment and explore their craft a little with songs like “Good Vibes” and “Light in Your Smile”. The first being a clapping and drum heavy march that stands out on the album for how different it feels. However it seems like it would be a fan favorite in a live setting as it has the ability to draw the crowd into the production. Where “Light in Your Smile” is a playful reggae love song which again puts the drums at the forefront but this time with a margarita on the beach feel.

Too Much Information is a super clean sounding album, the horns are big and bright, the bass and drums sound deep and resonant, and the highlight is the organ which add a layer that really make these songs stand out. Combine this with lyrics that are humorous at times, and emotional at others and you get an album that moves both your heart and your feet.

4.5/5 Stars



Watch The Interrupters perform Billie Eilish’s “Bad Guy”

Hellcat Records has shared a video of The Interrupters‘ live studio recording of Billie Eilish’s “Bad Guy”. The band have been performing the track as part of their live sets recently and took time to video themselves performing at Ship-Rec Studios in LA.

Have a watch below.



Omnigone (ex-Link 80) release debut album “No Faith”

Omnigone, the brand new East Bay ska-punk outfit started by Adam Davis of Link 80 and featuring members of We Are The Union, Rx Bandits, Ogikubo Station, and Skatune Network, just dropped their long-anticipated debut album No Faith via Bad Time Records. The thirteen-track release is an evolutionary chart of all of the best parts of ska music we’ve seen grow and change over the past four decades that really showcases Davis’ skill as a musician and songwriter as well as his unflinching love for the genre. No Faith is written from the perspective of someone who has been making and playing punk music for more than twenty years, so there are a lot of complicated emotions tied up in these songs, but at the end of the day Omnigone’s central themes are rooted in positivity and gratitude. Is it the ska record we deserve in 2019? Maybe not, but it’s the one we need right now.

No Faith is out now on all streaming platforms but you can still stream the full album over at Pure Grain Audio if that’s more your speed, or snag a vinyl variant through Bad Time Records.



Omnigone (Ex-Link 80) releases video for “Rewrite History”

Ska upstarts Omnigone have released a video for their song “Rewrite History”. The song comes off the band’s upcoming album No Faith, which will hit the air waves September 13th and be released through Bad Time Records. The more I hear from Omnigone the more excited I get for this release, so it should be no surprise that I thoroughly enjoy the new tune and video.

Check out the new video below.

No Faith will be the début album for Omnigone. If you’re a fan of Link 80 you will probably enjoy these guys (yeah, I know the dudes from Link 80!).



Omnigone (ex-Link 80) stream new song “Rather Be Alone”

Omnigone, the new band formed by Adam Davis of Link 80, are streaming their new song “Rather Be Alone.”  You can check it out here.

“Rather Be Alone” comes from the bands’ upcoming debut album, No Faith, which is set to be released on September 13th via Bad Time Records.



The Aquabats announce November tour dats

Orange County ska legends The Aquabats have announced some November tour dates.

You can check out all the dates and locations below.

The Aquabats recently released Aquabats! Super Show! Soundtrack Vol. 1 on June 7th.



The Holophonics (Ska, TX) Stream Covers Album “MaSKArades Vol. 13: Yeah, But Also Check Out Our Original Music”

Texas-based ska-punk-six-piece The Holophonics have just put out a massive collection of popular covers. Titled MaSKArades Vol. 13: Yeah, But Also Check Out Our Original Music, listeners can expect horn-driven renditions of tunes originally by Avril Lavigne, Linkin Park, Rage Against The Machine, Sum 41, and a load more, spanning various musical genres.

Check out MaSKArades Vol. 13: Yeah, But Also Check Out Our Original Music below. The previous example of some of The Holophonics’ original music was the 2018 full-length, Phantom Arrival.



Omnigone (ex-Link 80) release track ahead of debut LP

Omnigone, the new band formed by Adam Davis of Link 80, has released a lyric video for “Horizontal Aggression”, ahead of their debut album. No Faith is out on September 13th via Bad Time Records. Pre-orders are up now.

Have a listen to the track below.



For The Record (Ska) debut video for “Too Little Too Late”

Taken from For The Record‘s new EP, The Mess They Call My 20s, the band shows their fun side in this all-new video . Formed in Visalia, California, For the Recod is a 6-piece ska/punk band, that has an engaging, energetic, and horn-fueled sound – and they’re always up for a party.

Check out their new video below.



Catch 22 to play first show in three years

Jersey ska legends Catch 22 have announced they will be joining Big D and the Kids Table for a show on October 26th. This will be the first show Catch 22 has played since their short run of anniversary shows back in 2016. The band also teased that they may have a few more surprises in store for us. An album? A Tour? A reunion with a fellow ska heavyweight? Who knows?! But if Catch 22 is up to things, that just so happens to be great news for ska fans everywhere.

Head on over here to grab tickets. Check out below for this Dying Scenesters favorite Catch 22 track.

Catch 22 last released Permanent Revolution way back in 2006. Their timeless classic Keasbey Nights is a staple in any ska lovers collection. I was lucky to have the pleasure of seeing Catch 22 on their short run of shows back in 2016, as well as Bid D and the Kids Table a few times, don’t sleep on this show, Big D and Catch 22 will bring the house down. 



Sublime With Rome announce Fall headline dates

Sublime With Rome continue to tour their most recent album Blessings with a series of headline dates in the Fall. Full details below.

Tour support is The Expendables and Tropidelic. The band also act as Post Malone’s backing band for a date in August. That may interest you a little less.



The Planet Smashers release video for “Break My Neck (A Love Song)”

Canadian ska veterans The Planet Smashers have released a video for their song “Break My Neck (A Love Song)”. The song comes off the band’s most recent release Too Much Information. The video features a bowling tournament with label-mates Morgan, The Gutter Demons and Lost Love. I won’t spoil the video so you’ll have to watch to find out who’s the “legend of the lanes”. They also have a small run of shows later this summer/fall.

Check out the tournament below.

As mentioned above The Planet Smashers most recent release Too Much Information came out earlier this summer on their longtime home Stomp Records



The Bar Stool Preachers release music video for “High Horse,” announce US tour dates

 

Brighton ska-punk outfit The Bar Stool Preachers have announced more US summer tour dates in support of their upcoming full-length release Grazie Governo. Check out the dates in the poster above and then dive below for a peek at a music video for their new tune “High Horse.”

Grazie Governo is due out on August 3rd via Pirates Press Records.