Interview with Joshua Waters Rudge from THE SKINTS (@theskints); Someone bring them to America already!!!
The Skints need to come to America, like yesterday. Representing East London Reggae, this UK quartet’s brilliant mix of ska, dub, reggae, hip hop, and punk is possibly the best thing I’ve heard come out of the current wave of the underground in a long time, and we needed it. If you need even an ounce of proof, watch this video for “Ratatat.” Go ahead… We’ll be here when you’re done.
Long Live Ska, the highly entertaining/influential/bastardized forefather to reggae music. Don’t dig Ska? Lemme guess… You were probably a fan back in high school, when you were trying to fit in by trying to not fit in, and lost your enthusiasm for the music as soon as you went to college, where you discovered Sub-Pop and flip night. It happens all the time, and that’s fine. But for the rest of us, those who haven’t lost a taste for upbeats anyways, we’re always excited when The Toasters come to town!
Washington D.C.’s The Pietasters are one of the longest running Ska bands on the market today. Formed in 1990, the soul slinging, hard partying band represents the finest of youthful energy combined with adult situations. Anyone who has seen the group can tell you that their performances are lighthearted, beer saturated dance-a-thons that feature bouncy grooves, catchy melodies, and a reason to leave the drama at home. The band’s rise to prominence was inevitable, and their impressive catalogue of releases, EP’s, and compilation appearances have made them a household name amongst Ska enthusiasts.
However, life does have a way of throwing touring musicians a mighty curveball at times. The band has endured several lineup changes during their tenure, most notably the tragic passing of longtime bassist Todd Eckhardt. But the band marches on, taking their soulful sound on the road to this very day. They’ve recently had their classic album, “Oolooloo,” released on vinyl for the first time, and you can buy it HERE (if it’s still available… RUN!)
The lovely and talented Pam Janutolo, along with ska record pressing maniac Matt Flood from Asbestos Records, made a trip to Hartford last weekend to catch a 4-way throw down at Comcast Center featuring Fear Nuttin Band, Less Than Jake, Pepper, and Sublime with Rome.
While we couldn’t get full access to all the groups due to time constraints, we were able to get some shots of FNB and LTJ, and it looked like a great time! If only Canada wasn’t so far away, i’d have been there myself.
Check out shots of FNB and LTJ below, and give them some love by clicking the links to their pages.
It’s the middle of summer and it seems that Reel Big Fish has come out with the perfect album for the season. Candy Coated Fury, RBF’s latest edition to their discography of fun-loving, sarcastic hits, is packed full of all the things that make us love them. From their killer horn licks, snarky break-up songs, and sharply candid lyricism right down to their easily skank-able beats, Reel Big Fish has done it again.