An interview with Roddy Byers
Reformed in 1993, is the band that EVERYONE in the ska, reggae, and rocksteady scenes are influenced by. Why? Because they friggin’ started it all.
Energetic, socially-conscious, bouncy punk. They got the skank down, they know how to spit, they support good causes, they’re mediocre.
Strength Through Unity is the newest offering from New York Hardcore forerunners 25 Ta Life and surprise, surprise, they’re still pissed.
Their sound is planted solidly in energetic 3rd wave ska, but they manage to evoke the mournful presence of Billie Holiday as easily as Brooklyn streetcomers.
At the Hellcat pharmacy, I found all manner of top-quality cure-alls, but the pharmacist assured me that Hepcat was the one most suited to my needs.
About time they came out with a sequel. This captures the heart of NY ska, a mess of styles and influences from traditional, jazz, rocksteady, and new skool.
Japanese Oi! Think – one two sree chugga chugga Oi! Oi! The first five songs on the album were written by the Business, if that helps at all.
Energy was the whole fix and nothing other than a fix. Glue Factory Records pulled together a venerable whos-who of Southern Cali bands to appease you.
Okay, I’ll admit Slick Shoes sound a hell of a lot like NOFX, but since when was that such a sin?
An interview with saxophonist David Hillyard
An interview with Bryan Kienlen, Greg Attonito, Pete Steinkopf, and Shal Khichi
An interview with Mary Lou Lord
An interview with Jason “King” Kendall, Jack “the Swinger” Hanlon, Johnny “The Colonel” Maguire
An interview with Mike Pellegrino and Ron Ragona
Jack Ruby got the crowd’s arms up, waving in unison, thousands of people singing along to the tunes they grew up with.
Think we could take a break? Naah. The Pilfers were up next, rudies, and to say the least, it was a set everyone was raving about afterwards.
They kept the famed instrumentals to a minimum, as it was obvious the crowd enjoyed shouting along with the band as they skanked it up in the heat.
Bim put on an awesome set pulling songs from all over their over six-album repertoire. John Cameron played the organ with one hand, and sax with the other.
King is a charismatic vocalist, and the Colonel plays guitar like a hell-bent rockabilly god. A perfect mix of rockabilly, punk, and old school rock ‘n’ roll.
A completely non-innovative ska/punk band, Buck-O-Nine fits nicely into that category called “filler bands.”
A friend said they reminded her of Rage Against the Machine, but I think that was only because of their energy, more like some of Fishbone’s harder stuff.
I’ve never see a band keep a crowd going for so long, has so much energy, and is still so damn tight. They played most of their ska stuff towards the end.
The guy had a better body than I’d seen on any lead singer in a while, the letters “INSECURE” tattooed across his stomach. Oooh, boy.
An interview with Exene Cervenkova
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