What I loved about ska shows back in the mid-’90s was that you really didn’t know what you were going to get. A more traditional ska band, a ska/punk band that was more punk than ska, a 2 Tone revival sounding band, a ska/punk band that was more ska than punk, a band with 4 members, a band with 10 members, a band full of high schoolers or a band full of actual adults! It really was all over the map like that, and the thing that brought those bands to our towns and the crowds to the venues was the ska that was at the center, in some way, of it all. This episode represents that love of all things ska that I had as a young man encountering shows not knowing exactly what I was going to see, but at the same time knowing that I was going to dig it!
Also, check this out! This episode kicks off with a brand brand new song from the New York Ska-Jazz Ensemble from their forthcoming album “Break Thru” (click the link for the pre-order), followed by a song of the latest release from Joker’s Republic before moving on to a new song from the Pomps that will be the lead track of their new EP “Drums and Liars” due out next month.
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Ever feel like you’re trapped? As if you’ve been sewn into a life you never chose for yourself? I got news for you pally, that’s practically all of us! Now worries, if you try, you’ll find yourself. Sure, you might have to wander a desert of doubt before you can get where you need to go, and hell, a few friends just might be out there too and you can help better each other. That’s how life works. Don’t just take it, make it.
Someone told me ya’ll like ska and ska/punk around here. Is that true? If so, you’re in so much damn luck! I have for you today, not 1, not 10, not even 20, but 23 whole minutes of ska, over stuffed and packed tight for your listening pleasure! This episode features a couple new bands that I haven’t played before, it also includes some rarer tracks from some classic bands, and some bands that just need more play so that you’ll know a song or two when they get to your town to rock your face off!
Can you handle all the new ska that is being released this Summer already? We kick of with a fantastic new track from the A-OKs! Their whole album is fantastic, so be sure to snag it when it comes out! Also, we have a new single from 12 Cents for Marvin and a song from High School Football Heroes latest release! Boosh! Then I just follow all that newness up w/ some kick ass ska and ska/punk. Deal with it. By dancing. Yes, dance you crazy ska fans. Dance!
By now you see what I’m doing with the episode titles right? If so, awesome, thought you would’ve caught on last week. If you still don’t get it, try paying attention in bible class next Sunday. Also, it was the last of the easy loose themes to follow. So, uh, don’t expect the next four episodes to be as on point as this one is, and it really isn’t too on point either. What it is though is a bunch of great ska music! And yeah, at the end you can see that I’m in my ’90s ska rut again, so what, those songs rule!