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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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Mad Organicals first songs

Posted by Mad Organical on June 18, 2014 at 11:52am 0 Comments

Hi.

Here is my first songs influenced by jamaica 60's hammond-ska/reggae mixed with lo-fi/laptop sounds.

soundcloud.com/mad-organical

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