Maybe I was a bit brash with my last ska related conclusion that North American Ska died after the 90′s. Readers like Susan and Carlos point out that Streetlight Manifesto and Catch 22 rose to fame over the past decade and it’s true, if you dig deep enough you can uncover some really great recent innovation in the genre. Keasbey Nights, for example, took over my playlists for years. But at the same time, those are exceptions to the rule, even in the underground. Gone are the days of finding a million Reel Big Fish clones on Moon Ska Records (which depending on who you are, might be for the better). Consequently you’re much more likely to stumble upon ska groups like Germany’s Dirty Bees overseas than back at home. Anyway, tangent aside, Dirty Bees are a fantastic street punk inspired ska group with a tight brass section and sloppy vocalist making for an undeniably fun time.
Dirty Bees – Self TitledDirty Bees, Self Released, Ska