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SKAspot Reviews: General Tso's Fury's "Where Has The Music Gone?"

Posted by skaisyourfriend on August 25, 2015 at 7:30pm 0 Comments

Do you like to give a new album a listening to in the order in which it was produced while resisting the temptation to skip to the track that made you pick up the album in the first place? If so, General Tso’s Fury has a sweet reward for you in it’s newish album, “Where Has the Music Gone.” I say “newish” for the fact that a fan favorite, “Cereal Time,” the catalyst track that might drive people unlike the aforementioned to buy the album and jump to track 5, is already a couple of years old. Of course, in General Tso years, their tracks never grow old and neither will this album!

So let’s do this in order. Track 1: “Hypertension.” The obligatory “Set the tone” tune for the album does just that. High energy. Fury, if you will. From the get go. Ama-zingy guitar on this one and some insane drum action certainly helps the song live up to its name. Of course hypertension is a condition which may lead to a heart attack and, along with the fiery brass on the second track, “I Look Better When I’m Naked,” your heart is already pounding and there are still 11 more tracks to go. We are in trouble!

GTF continues to deliver on the promise that we’re in for an ass-kicking both musically and lyrically in its declaration of hate for our friends, pets and home appliances in the third equally heavy hitting track. They just don’t let up!



Or do they?! “Fist Bump” lightens the mood a little and provides a moment of release from the headlock GTF has on us in the first 3 tracks. I love the “saucy” horns on this one and the guitar solo that happens around a minute and 45. This brings us to the song that most have heard prior to this album, “Cereal Time,” another light-hearted catchy ska jingly tune that reminds me Suburban Rhythm for some reason. You can’t help but smile at the promise of heaven if you bring Jesus a box of cereal when you arrive at the pearly gates. Thanks for the…

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The English Beat: Right On Time With Dance, Love, and Unity

Posted by skaisyourfriend on May 30, 2015 at 11:39am 0 Comments

Wednesday, May 27th, 2015

By Jim Bolt

SKAspot Contributor and Founder of KSSU (Sacramento State University)

Friday night, 1980s college radio darlings, and ska legends, the English Beat played to a crowd of nearly 1,000 fans at the Gothic Theatre in Englewood, Colorado.  The show was a non-stop dance party that kept everyone moving and grooving (some were even skanking). 

The English Beat works the crowd into a dance frenzy at the Gothic Theatre, May 22, 2015.

The new English Beat line up is incredibly tight and never (you see it coming, don’t you?) misses a beat. From Dave Wakeling’s soulful storytelling and King Schascha’s high energy toasting, to the wailing sax, precision drumming, bouncy keys, and first rate bass and guitar work, there is just no standing still.

The band played classic Beat songs, opening with “Rough Rider” and skillfully working through …

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Pilfers Return: "From Far"

Posted by skaisyourfriend on April 24, 2015 at 10:30pm 1 Comment

“From Far,” the newest release from Pilfers, is appropriately titled. Fans of the band have waited 16 years, “far” too long. For those of you, like me, who loved the band that captured the spirit of the third wave through its fusion of ska, reggae, hardcore and metal, the new release does not disappoint! The original lineup, minus their original trombonist, Vinny Nobile, still manages to weave varied tempos, bouncy b-lines, toasty vocals and innovative melodies into a sound unlike anything you’ve heard. For the uninitiated, Pilfers pack a punch. Expect the unexpected!

Right off the bat, the first track sets the tone. “Nothing’s Ever Good Enough” kicks off the album with driving rhythmic riffs interrupted by a punchy “raggacore” chorus. The “surprise element” is a big part of the Pilfers trademark and continues to be a theme throughout “From Far.” This brings me to the second song, the title track of the album. “From Far” is an aural autobiography that takes the listener on a journey from 97 underground NYC to “across the country” and beyond. Coolie Ranx tells their story through a steady toast in each verse. Meanwhile, the accelerating tempo and crescendo of the instrumental build up to an explosion in the chorus and some “Big Ups” to the OPC (Original Pilfers Crew) and bands worldwide.

Tracks three and four provide a showcase of Pilfers’ strings. “Done Nothing Wrong” features some great guitar work from Nick Bacon while Anna Milat-Meyer’s climbing bass arpeggios and the cameo by Bosstones’ trombonist Chris Rhodes make “Easy Man” one of my favorites of the album. Track five, “Follow You Blind,” is a slight excursion and almost seems to serve as an intermission for the album. The slowed steady beat brings your heartrate down but not for long. As soon as the eye…

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