By AJ Phink
Tropidelic may be far from any tropical islands but that doesn’t stop them from dishing out a unique mix of reggae, hip-hop, funk, ska and alternative influences for audiences across the country, including appearing on the Warped Tour. The band has now signed with Law Records for their forthcoming release, Heavy is The Head, which will be released on November 10th.
Heavy Is the Head can be pre-ordered here
The video’s for Dollar Saved and Hey Now, and Tropidelic‘s tour dates, can be viewed below Read More…
Hot on the heels of the release of their sophomore album, Say It Out Loud, that was produced by Rancid‘s Tim Armstrong and released in July 2016 on Hellcat Records, LA based ska-punk quartet The Interrupters have announced a run of UK headline shows following their prestigious support to Green Day on their arena tour in February
The Punk Site review of Say It Out Loud can be read here
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It’s that time of year again and The Mighty Mighty Bosstones are gearing up to throw the biggest party of the holiday season, the annual Hometown Throwdown, that has become a tradition for the band and fans alike. To make the 19th annual Hometown Throwdown even more special The Mighty Mighty Bosstones are giving the show an international vibe, inviting support bands that includes Jamaica’s The Skatalites and Canada’s The Planet Smashers on December 28, Australia’s The Pokers and Japan’s Peelander-Z on December 29 and the UK’s The Skints and Mexico’s Los Kung-Fu Monkeys on December 30. The Mighty Mighty Bosstones will be releasing a limited edition single in the new year of their version of the song What the World Needs Now Is Love, featuring an unreleased original song, I Won’t Go Out Like That, on the B-side.
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Last week Chainska Brassika announced the release of their new single, Don’t You Try, The Punk Site premiered the video for the single, and we have reposted it as technical gremlins struck and the video became unavailable. Don’t You Try is the first single from their eagerly anticipated album and features the instantly recognisable vocal sound of Toots, the legendary reggae pioneer from Toots & The Maytals, that gives the single a unique blend of old school Jamaican reggae and current gritty London ska.
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Earlier this week Chainska Brassika announced the release of their new single, Don’t You Try, that was recorded in the reggae heartland of Kingston, Jamaica. Now in a Punk Site premiere we exclusively reveal the video for the single. Don’t You Try is the first single from their eagerly anticipated album and features the instantly recognisable vocal sound of Toots, the legendary reggae pioneer from Toots & The Maytals, that gives the single a unique blend of old school Jamaican reggae and current gritty London ska.
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London’s Chainska Brassica have been spreading their contagious horn driven ska anthems across the UK, mainland Europe and beyond. Chainska Brassika bring you their new single, Don’t You Try, recorded in reggae heartland Kingston, Jamaica, a chance given to them as a result of winning the World Reggae Contest. Don’t You Try is the first single from their eagerly anticipated album and features the instantly recognisable vocal sound of Toots, reggae pioneer from the legendary Toots & The Maytals, making the single a fresh blend of classic Jamaica and current gritty London.
You can stream Don’t You Try here
Next summer, influential British icons The Specials and legendary reggae heroes Toots And The Maytals will share the stage for the very first time. With both acts boasting significant careers that span over 40 years, they’ll play three very special shows in Leeds, Birmingham and Hertfordshire at the end of May to kick start the summer with a refreshing mix of timeless anthems. Combining two of the most iconic and celebrated acts of the past 50 years, The Specials and Toots And The Maytals together on the same stage is a once in a lifetime opportunity to capture the roots and soul of one of modern music’s most beloved genres.
You can view the tour dates and purchase tickets here
Burn It Up‘s new album Toys has officially been released and is available for purchase, and it can also be streamed in full via Bandcamp, as well as for purchase through iTunes, Google Play and Amazon. The band will be hitting the road this Fall on the Get Amped Tour, alongside We Were Sharks, North11 and Samecity.
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Burn It Up, formerly known as Mrs Skannotto, have announced that they will be releasing their sophomore album, Toys, which follows on from their 2014 debut, Outlier. Toys is scheduled for release on October 14th, Burn It Up incorporate elements of alternative rock, reggae, punk and ska that means Toys is an album that is hard to classify, the six piece’s distinct sound reflects the eclectic musical backgrounds and styles of each band member, and their shared influences, which is something that becomes abundantly clear as you make your way through the ten tracks that comprise Toys.
The album opens with sinister lullaby tones before the New York sextet kick into the dark skanking of 101 and Fire Man, the single Affluenza ups the tempo with a more frantic number, which has a stronger punk element than the opening pair of tracks, after this the album heads into heavy dub of Heartbeat. Toys continues in this vein, veering between ska and dub with the occasional injection of adrenalin from the punkier elements of the album. Burn It Up are a band in a crowded genre that is hard to stand out in, as there are many established bands that play ska punk hybrids, but I think there’s definitely room for Burn It Up as they bring their own style and unique mix of influences to the party.
This isn’t your standard ska punk crossover by any means, the ska element is more predominant on the majority of tracks than you typically find. The horn section is given equal billing in the mix to the other instruments and as a result this is an album that will appeal immensely to fans of The Mad Caddies, Sublime and Reel Big Fish, along with anyone who has a love of the original Two Tone bands of the 1980’s who pioneered the ska punk sound, such as The Beat and The Specials. Fans of their debut album will not be disappointed with Toys and those who were fans of their previous incarnation, Mr Skanatto, will be glad to hear that they are still keeping the ska flame burning brightly in their sound.
Toys can be pre-ordered here
Burn It Up have announced they will be hitting the road this Fall on the Get Amped Tour alongside We Were Sharks, North11 and Samecity.
Burn It Up will be supporting their upcoming album Toys, which is scheduled for release on October 14th. The band is currently hosting a guitar giveaway, if you pre-order their new album through Bandcamp, you will automatically be entered for a chance to win the new guitar. The contest will run until October 13th and one winner will be selected and contacted via email (must be continental US resident for chance to win).
You can pre-order Toys via iTunes or via Bandcamp here
You can check out the tour announcement video and the tour dates below
Burn It Up have released the third single, Time Capsule Overdose, from their upcoming album Toys, premiering the claymation video for the track. With the release of Toys under a month away the band are hosting a guitar giveaway. If you pre-order their new album through their Bandcamp, you will automatically be entered for a chance to win the new guitar. The contest will run until October 13th and one winner will be selected and contacted via email (must be continental US resident for chance to win).
Toys can be ordered via iTunes or from Burn It Up‘s Bandcamp here
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The release of Burn It Up‘s new album Toys is under a month away, and in anticipation of its release the band are hosting a guitar giveaway. If you pre-order, or have already pre-ordered, their new album, you will automatically be entered for a chance to win the new guitar. The contest will run until October 13th and one winner will be selected and contacted via email, sadly for us Europeans you must be a continental US resident for chance to win, you do however still get a great album of ska influenced punk if you pre-order so everybody wins, whether you can win the guitar or not
You can pre-order Toys here and view the prize in the video below
Sometimes a band can throw you a curveball with their choice of band name and album cover, in this case a suspiciously familiar clown riding a unicycle whilst juggling chainsaws, can mislead you into assuming what’s contained within, Bumpin’ Uglies have certainly done that with their latest release, Keep It Together. I’ll admit this is a band that are new to me, I made assumptions about their likely sound and style, what I wasn’t expecting from this Maryland trio was this album to contain some seriously accomplished reggae and ska influenced punk.
For the most part Keep It Together is a mellow amalgamation of reggae and ska that occasionally ups the pace with an injection of punk attitude and adrenaline. For the majority of the album the reggae and ska influences are dominant, from the opening number of All In to the closing acoustic track, but this is an album that keeps things interesting by varying the level and mix of the three dominant influences, if I have to tell you what they are again you obviously haven’t been paying attention. My personal favourites are Sorry, I’m Not Sorry and Stop The Fall, but it’s not easy as this is a consistent and laid back album, with only the final acoustic number All That I Need not quite hitting the spot for me.
Bumpin’ Uglies have made a seriously impressive album and if you’re a fan of the likes of Sublime and the Mad Caddies then you’ll definitely want to get yourself a copy of Keep It Together. This is a very much a case of not judging an album by it’s cover, as this is an excellent hybrid of ska and punk that will accompany hazy nights, or days. The main problem with this album is that as I have now discovered they have an extensive back catalogue I’m going to have to make some serious investments.
You can order Keep It Together via iTunes and the usual sources
Glaston-Bury is now in it’s ninth year, from day one it’s objective was to promote local music whilst raising funds for Bury Hospice. This annual event has grown steadily since it’s inception, which started at a single venue in it’s inaugural year, and it now takes over the whole town centre with every venue, and two outdoor stages, playing host to every conceivable type of music and it now promotes bands from the across the North West of the UK. This brings us to the reason for my attendance, I’ve been meaning to catch Lancashire trio Faster Than Bulls for some time now, by chance they are playing the Glaston-Bury music festival, sadly I can’t be there for the whole day but I ensure that I arrive there early for the Faster Than Bulls set.
After I’ve collected my pass I discover there are a few technical issues at Wyldes, one of the venues participating in Glaston-Bury, which means Faster Than Bulls will be playing later in the afternoon than expected, so I get the chance to explore and see who else is playing. As I’m wandering the streets of Bury I note that a troop of Stormtoopers is wandering the streets, and into the venues, the police are having their pictures taken with some elderly punks, the sun is shining and Glaston-Bury appears to be a friendly event where there is something for pretty much everyone, but obviously I’m here seeking out the punkier elements that are populating the line up and it’s not long before something catches my attention.
As I walk past the Two Tubs, a venue where I saw punk bands a long time ago, I hear what sounds like a promising noise so I head on in. Lancashire hardcore band Corned Beef are playing, despite the early slot they have attracted a respectable crowd that is made up of those of us who are here for the noisier elements of Glaston-Bury. They incorporate reggae and ska into their intense sound and they make an appropriately noisy start to the day, their set veers between some heavy dub bass, ska fuelled skanking and full blooded hardcore. The sun is out in Bury and temperature in the small venue is rising, Corned Beef‘s drummer is visibly wilting as their set draws to a close and they announce that their final number is a cover, what it’s a cover of I have no idea as it’s played at breakneck speed and it brings their frenetic set to a close.
I wander back to Wyldes in the sunshine to see how the technical issues are progressing and pleasingly they have been addressed and I arrive as the The Johnnie Squizzercrow Experiment take the stage. They are a cross generational band that to my ears incorporate elements of bands from they heyday of the UK punk scene such as X-Ray Spex and The Slits, but also later American bands such as Tilt. The incorporate heavy dub bass lines into their sound alongside the punk elements and they seem to be born out of the original ethos of the punk movement. The Johnnie Squizzercrow Experiment are unique amongst the punk bands I’ve seen this year, they are original, intriguing and as their name indicates highly experimental.
Faster Than Bulls are the reason I was originally tempted over to Bury for this one day genre spanning event. Their sound invokes shades of Therapy? and they play a brief but impressive set not only to those in the venue, but as every door and window is open to provide some relief from the summer heat, to a fair section of Bury town centre including families enjoying an ice cream, half a dozen Stormtroopers and the Police, who incidentally appear to be getting on famously with each other. In the year we lost David Bowie it’s surprising that this is the first band I’ve heard play one of his songs, they play The Man Who Sold The World and whilst they stay faithful to the original they play an interpretation that incorporates their own darker style into the song. Faster than Bulls end their set with their powerful zombie trilogy, the first time it’s been played live in it’s entirety, and during a the second act, the impressive Soul Survivor, a Stormtooper makes his way to the front of the stage and has a brief but enthusiastic pogo, not something you’re likely to see at their future concerts.
Sadly prior engagements now take me away from Glaston-Bury, the three bands I’ve seen have all been impressive and the relaxed atmosphere that seems to permeate the town makes me wish I could stay longer. As I make my way through the streets of Bury it seems that every bar and venue in the town has live music emanating from it, every genre seems to be represented, alcohol is flowing, aided by the scorching temperatures that are unusual for an English bank holiday, and on the basis of my afternoon I would say that whatever your taste in music then there will be something for you. There’s a fair bet I’ll be returning next year, and as this event has raised over £100000 for a worthy cause it’s really hard to find fault with Glaston-Bury.
Corned Beef‘s Bandcamp can be found here
The Johnnie Squizzercrow Experiment‘s web presence can be found here
Faster Than Bulls Facebook page can be found here
The Glaston-Bury website can be found here
You can visit, and donate, to Bury Hopsice, here
Bumpin’ Uglies were formed by Brandon Hardesty in 2008, he set out to create a sound and an approach that was unique and immediately identifiable. It’s the same thing every artist says that they want when they form their band, but Bumpin’ Uglies mean it. They incorporate many styles into their music, with a major emphasis on ska, reggae and punk, they don’t really care what bracket you want to put them in, either you love ’em or you don’t. The band’s third full length, and first for Right Coast Records, will be released on September 9th
You can pre-order the album via iTunes and all pre-orders get an instant download of Stop The Fall
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Burn It Up, formerly known as Mrs Skannotto, have announced their new album Toys, which is scheduled for release on October 14th. To celebrate the new album announcement, the band is offering a free download of the first single, Affluenza.
You can download the first single for free here and view the video for Affluenza below
The Barstool Preachers formed two years ago in the creative and diverse seaside town of Brighton in the UK, they released the One Fool Down EP, which sold out in less than a month, last year and have been relentlessly touring both the UK and Europe and playing numerous festival dates, they will be supporting Street Dogs and The Slackers later this year in addition to their own headlining shows. The result of this punishing schedule is that this impressive quintet have received critical acclaim and they have now bought us their debut full length, Blatant Propaganda, that features their own unique blend of ska and punk rock.
Opening track Trickledown is an upbeat ska punk number that contains a political message, it is one that makes a solid and promising start to the album with it’s infectious beat and defiant vocal delivery, the rest of Blantant Propaganda follows this path, but that’s not to say this album is in anyway a one trick pony. The relentless and irresistible ska beat is an ever present but the approach, attack and style vary constantly throughout their debut album, but all the time containing a valid and defiant political message. The track Good News is one of the highlights, it is an attack on the state of the media, anyone who’s ever endured Fox News will be able to identify with this, that is delivered with their trademark sound. My other personal favourite is the closing track, Ballad (Of The M1), this is a tale of the trials and tribulations of their life on the road, whilst these two tracks are the ones that stood out for me there isn’t a weak track in sight on Blatant Propaganda. This is an impressive debut album from a band that doesn’t just talk the talk, The Barstool Preachers are a band that walks the walk with a confident swagger. They have been involved in positive action and regularly support charities, both in their local area and internationally, this activity marks them out as a band that are true to their roots and beliefs.
The combination of ska and punk guitars is backed up with an impressive brass section and swirling keyboards that forms a gloriously infectious album, the blend of punk, street punk and ska is severely addictive and the upbeat tone nicely juxtaposes the solid social and political messages that their compositions carry. This is music with a message that also has the benefit of the skanking beat that all great ska records carry, but with a welcome injection of energy and anger that is provided by the punk influences. Fans of the likes of The King Blues, The Interrupters, The Slackers and The Specials will adore this album and Blatant Propaganda will be on my playlist for the foreseeable future, and I would suggest that it should be on yours as well.
The Barstool Preachers tour dates and social media links can be found here
Blatant Propaganda can be downloaded from the usual sources, the vinyl with a download of the album can be ordered here
Bolshy are a riotous seven piece who push the boundaries of Ska Punk and infuse their infectious music with messages of anti-capitalism and equality. They kicked off their journey in summer 2012 busking on the streets of Liverpool, since then they’ve taken the UK underground scene by storm, sharing stages with the likes of The Restarts, Radical Dance Faction and Culture Shock. They have released the new track and video, Ignorance Is Strength, and will to be recording their debut album Reap The Storm in the coming months
The video for Ignorance is Strength can be viewed below and the track is available as a free download here
Rochester, NY’s Mrs Skannotto have recently changed their name to Burn It Up, and they will be playing a handful of shows this July and August. They fuse elements of alternative rock, reggae, punk and ska, this makes Burn It Up a band that is hard to classify. This sextet’s distinct sound reflects the eclectic musical backgrounds and styles of each band member and their shared influences such as The Police, Sublime, RX Bandits and Goldfinger. Read More…
This is Los Angeles based quartet The Interrupters second album, this sophomore release follows in the footsteps of their impressive self titled debut. This bears all the hallmarks of The Interrupters ska fuelled punk hybrid, this is an infectious and relentlessly upbeat album from start to finish. The opening track By My Side breaks into a joyous dance floor filling song which sets the tone for Say It Out Loud. This is immediately followed by one of the highlights of this release, She Got Arrested, a track which makes The Interrupters stance on domestic violence clear, a theme that’s revisited on Control, and that’s one of the many wonderful things about The Interrupters, they can convey serious political and social points, but achieve this with an infectious beat.
It’s no surprise that Tim Armstrong makes an appearance on vocals on this album, on the track Phantom City, I’d have been more surprised if he didn’t make an appearance. He is also responsible for production on this album, it was recorded at his studio, and at Travis Barker‘s Opra Studios, and they couldn’t have made a finer choice of person to have at the controls. He clearly understands and loves this band, he has captured the energy and passion The Interrupters bring to their live shows, and his touches and guidance have consolidated the Interrupters sound. You can hear the influence of Rancid on The Interrupters, but that isn’t to say that they are in anyway copying that band. Whilst Rancid are controlled fury with the punk element to the fore, The Interrupters let the beat lead the way.
This is a positive, upbeat and defiant album which is as good as pretty much anything else you’ll hear this year. There are common themes throughout the album, but the overriding theme is unity to those that you love and a healthy spirit of rebellion. There are many bands out there fusing ska with punk but I can only think of a few who manage to do it with the panache that The Interrupters have managed on Say It Out Loud. They have managed to make an album that has built on their excellent debut, Say It Out Loud will undoubtedly be in my top ten for the year come the end of 2016. This is a perfect merging of ska and punk, melding the finest elements of both genre’s with seemingly effortless style.
Say It Out Loud will be released on June 24th 2016 via Hellcat Records
The six-piece ska band from Rochester, NY, Mrs. Skannotto, have announced the dates for their upcoming summer tour. The band will be touring from June 28th in Pawtucket, RI up until July 28th in Pittsburgh, PA to support their most recent full length release, All These Evolutions. A stream of All These Revolutions can be found here.
Tour dates can be found below. Read More…
This is a really solid example of indie and ska coming together in harmony. Sometimes they just beg for a Sublime comparison, other times, they go after something entirely their own (well, RX Bandits might be a good comparison). In any case, I’ve been listening to this album in the background for quite some time now, and I just don’t want it to end… Really catchy and socially aware alt/indie.
Born In A Cent – Who Is Beautiful?
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 Titled
People say ska died after the 90’s, but that needs a little clarification: North American ska died after the 90’s. Cross the Atlantic and you’ll find a world where ska has remained relevant and innovative to the present. The Sovereigns’ free album, pick it up, helps prove that point. Check it out. Pick it up.
The Sovereigns – Pick It Up
Europe seems to be the last real holdout for finding interesting new third wave ska bands. Better still, many of them like Boxing Fox release excellent recordings for free on the internet. The Sheperd Hates Us is a collection of bouncy ska that your older brother probably listened to way back in high school. It’s fun, it’s lively, it’s third wave ska. Nuff said.
The oddly named Monica’s Lips plays a bouncy brand of ska punk with a modern edge. They’re refreshingly relevant for a ska band and retain their composure despite their silly Nicola Sarcevic-like vocals (They’re from Finland). Good stuff overall.
Good old fashioned ska punk right out of europe. These guys aren’t spectacular, but they do experiment with a nice range of ska related genres and come up with some genuinely interesting arrangements. Songs like “Politicians” offer some great acoustic sections, while others like “Suzie Blue” showcase their more creative side, creating a very 1950s sound. There’s even a little jazz and swing thrown into the mix for good measure. At the very least it’ll put you in a good mood.