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Last month (July 2016), I had the opportunity to meet up with some of the ska (and a couple of non-ska) acts on the 2016 Warped Tour at Vinoy Park in St. Petersburg, Florida. Joining me to help interview and photograph the bands was Tampa Bay's favorite uke fronted ska band's bassist, Nic Giordano of UNRB. I split the SKAspot Review into three parts due to length the blog would have been if I didn't. To make it easier for you to find the bands you'd like to read about, I decided to post this entry. In addition, I've included a video of some of the footage I captured. Enjoy!
Unfortunately, I had to pass up my interview slot with Reel Big Fish in order to check out The Interrupters’ set. It was a difficult sacrifice however I did still get to catch their set. As is to be expected, Reel Big Fish drew a huge crowd to the left foot stage and getting to spend the first three songs in the photo pit was a blast. Since the last time I saw them (and interviewed Aaron and Ryland), Aaron’s trademark “chop-burns” welcomed a “soul-patch sister” to the family. Also, trombonist Billy Kottage, who at my previous RBF experience was a recent addition to fill the slot left behind by Dan Regan, now seems like he’s always been part of the family. Another noticeable difference was Ryland Steen wasn’t there. Filling his spot on drums is Suburban Legends’ Ed Larsen. I later found out that Ryland is currently on tour with America (the band).
Aside from the couple of “staff changes,” Reel Big Fish sounded as great as ever, playing through some of their more popular tunes including “Beer,” “Sell Out,” and “Another F.U. Song.” Joining RBF on stage for “She Has a Girlfriend Now” was Michelle Beebs who I had the opportunity to interview. Of course they also demonstrated their mastery of all musical styles by playing about 6 versions of “Suburban Rhythm” ranging from disco to country and even some death metal. It’s amazing to see, even after 25 years, Reel Big Fish has not slowed down.…Continue
After we meandered through the city of band merch tents and booths supporting various causes, Nic and I ended up in the photo pit at the Poseidon stage where we got up close for The Interrupters’ set. For those of you who aren’t yet familiar with The Interrupters, you’ve missed out. Of course you’ve probably heard the band whether you know it or not. Their hit “Take Back the Power” from their self-titled album was used in a T-Mobile commercial. It probably says enough about the band that Tim Armstrong has been involved with them both through his own Tim Timebomb and Friends project as well as producing their last two albums. His influence is definitely noticeable in their sound. Nonetheless they are distinguishable. Fronted by Aimee Interrupter with three brother backing her, Jesse, Kevin and Justin Bivona, the quartet plays upbeat ska punk with a bit of a 2 tone feel and look. Arguably one of the most danceable acts on this Summer’s Warped Tour, The Interrupters’ set exceeded expectations as their sound was as tight as their recordings and the energy was certainly contagious as they had most of the crowd skanking as soon as they hit the stage.
The Interrupters kicked off their set with “Haven’t Heard the Last of Me,” a song, like many of theirs, that is conducive to crowd participation. As the audience sang along “Na na na na na… you haven’t seen the last of me!” Aimee crisscrossed the stage, engaging the crowd in every direction. The set continued with an awesome selection of tracks…Continue
On July 1st, I got on the road and drove 2 hours north to sunny St. Petersburg to check out this Summer’s Warped Tour. Tampa Bay area local and UNRB bassist, Nic Giordano joined me on the day’s adventure as we strolled from stage to stage to check out some of Warped 2016’s ska and non-ska acts as well as meet up with a few of the musicians for some interviews. After picking up our press credentials and making our way to the back of a very long line, we enjoyed some people watching and conversations with others waiting in line. Some of the bands walked alongside the line to get in to let attendees know when they were playing and to attempt to sell their music and merch. The word’s “pop punk” were so common we decided to make a water “drinking” game to help us stay hydrated in the sweltering heat where whenever we heard fans or a band describe their music as “pop punk” we’d take a swig.
Finally, it was time to cross through security and scope out the set times to find out who we were going to see and when. Early on the list was New Found Glory so we made our way to the left foot stage to catch the long beloved “pop punk” band we’ve been listening to since the late 90s. The band opened with their hit from the early 2000’s “Understatement” however nothing about the set was understated. Jordan and Ian both crisscrossed the stage as they played through some highlights of their discography. Jordan perched at the front of the stage while Ian’s trademark grimaces conjured images of gargoyles, it was…
A few weeks ago I reached out for help on my blog here on Skaspot, well, I'm happy to announce I got that help. Not only did I get help with my social media, but a few other good things have taken place. On June 4th. Skajamz will be performing a 30 minute showcase at Creepy Tiki in Ft. Lauderdale, thanks to Matt Hole, also a member of Skaspot. I owe you one Matt. Would really like to see more Skaspot members blogging here, even if you just want to tell me to go to hell.
I have been talking with a couple other ska band leaders and we would like to promote more shows for the summer with a better audience turn out. Skaspot has over 3,000 members but I don't see even 5 posting. What would you like to see for you to be more active and involved? Let us know PLEASE!
New Brunswick, NJ – Stubborn Records has launched an “Upsetter Fire Rescue Squad” fundraising benefit T-Shirt and embroidered patch for the assistance of 80-year old reggae music living legend Lee “Scratch” Perry aka “The Upsetter.” Perry’s home studio was destroyed in a blaze in December, 2015, after which Perry’s wife said, “he didn’t even have a pair of shoes to wear.” 100% of the profits from sale of the T-Shirt will go directly to Lee Perry. The shirts are available now for only $15 at www.stubbornrecords.com
Stubborn founder King Django, a long-time Perry devotee, conceived the project and worked with Steve Kitchen of Vancouver, Canada’s combination13.com to develop the brand-new four-color design. Kitchen was kind enough to donate his artwork to the cause, while Jeremy Myers of Jumpstart Screenprinting in Southampton, PA came on board offering a generous manufacturing subsidy.
According to Django, “I met Lee and his wife by chance in the Zurich airport just as I had wrapped up a European tour. They were both so kind and warm, I will never forget it. When I heard about the fire, I was heartbroken and speechless, and I had to think of some way to help.”
Perry is widely known as an innovator and pioneer in Jamaican music from the ska and rocksteady of the 1960’s through the development of reggae and dub in the later 1960s and 70’s. His production and even singing style were huge factors in the development of reggae superstar Bob Marley, and his talents have been called upon by a wide range of performers including the Clash, Paul McCartney and the Beastie Boys. Stubborn Records is America’s longest-standing ska and reggae label, founded by King Django in New York City in 1992,…Continue
I may be biased but my current favorite female fronted ska, reggae and soul band just happens to be local. Over the past two or so years I've been fortunate enough to get to know John, Claire, Saul, Scott and David, a magical configuration of five talented musicians from Southwest Florida born from the ashes of the late Fort Myers ska band Brentford Sound. I first got to know the band through my involvement with the Citrus Records compilation, "Florida Ska: Closer Than You Volume 3." At that time, the Freecoasters were just getting started but it was clear during their performance at the CD release party that this quintet was special. Fast forward a couple of years and the long-anticipated "Show Up" is finally here!
The first word that came to mind after first hearing the album from beginning to end was "solid." From the get-go "Keep Moving" sets the tone for a collection of recordings that showcase the talents, incredible chemistry, stamina and soul in this band. No detail is spared when it comes to the meandering melodies entangled in booming b-lines and incessant beats. Each track is a symbiosis of sound, a multi-layered wilderness of toil and emotion that refuses to subside.
Though I'm impressed with the album as a whole and it's difficult to single out specific tracks,"Bring It On Back" and "I Can Sleep When I'm Dead" are two of my favorites on "Show Up." There's a certain attitude about these two tracks that makes is difficult to resist bobbing my head. That said, every song on the album has a physiological effect. You can't not dance! But on a deeper level, I feel that "Show Up" is an amalgam of passion and experiences, struggles, hope and determination.
Their first full length album was produced by Jesse Wagner of the Aggrolites who subjected the band to what they describe as "reggae boot camp." To launch the album, the band embarked on a Kickstarter campaign last Summer and a mid-summer tour with no breaks. Their…Continue
To all the members of Skaspot.com, text your e-mail address to firstname.lastname@example.org and I will send you the first single by Skajamz for free. It is now #5 on this week's Skaspot radio chart. We at Skajamz look forward to hearing from you.
It is with a heavy heart that I inform all our skajamz's fans of the death of Richard White our bass player. I have shared the stage with Rich for the last 45 years and will really miss him. He was a devout christian and so I know he is now playing bass in some heavenly band. So long until we meet again my friend.
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