The Suicide Machines are one of the most beloved ska-punk bands that came out of the period affectionately known as the 3rd Wave. Their fantastic songwriting and energetic live shows have been winning over fans for many, many years. Even with their break-up as a full time band in 2006, the passion of their fanbase did not diminish. In fact, the love for the band has just grown more and more. I recently had the chance to ask Jason Navarro a few questions about the band and what is next for him.
Joey Cape is a man who wears many hats. He is lead singer of Lagwagon, a guitarist in Me First and the Gimme Gimmes, majordomo of Bad Astronaut, and an accomplished singer/songwriter in his own right. Joey is preparing for a tour with his band Scorpios in June/July. We recently had a chance to sit down with Joey to talk about Scorpios, what else is happening in his life, and his dear friend Tony Sly.
Do you remember that amazing show that blew your mind and changed your life? Steve Shafer was there. Those amazing records that made up your teen years? Steve Shafer helped to put them out. That video on MTV you couldn’t get enough of? Steve Shafer filmed it…on a Super 8.
Many ska fans rejoiced when it was announced that Pilfers were going on a nationwide tour with Reel Big Fish in early 2013. Aside from a few reunion shows, the band had been pretty dormant since their break-up in 2001. As the tour was announced, news followed that founding members, bassist Anna Milat-Meyer and trombonist/vocalist Vinny Nobile, would not be joining them on this trek. Enter Ben Basile and Billy Kottage. Joining on bass and trombone respectively, these guys came in to fill the very large shoes left by their predecessors.
Mrs. Skannotto is a ska band out of Rochester, New York who has been together for 15 years. 2012 was a huge year for the band and 2013 has seen them gaining even more steam as major players in the US Ska Scene. I had the chance to ask the band a few questions and got some really great insights into the band and their philosophy. Enjoy! Read More
Implants are one of the most exciting new punk bands coming out of the LA scene. The band are all seasoned vets of that scene who have been touring, recording, and writing for years. I had the pleasure of asking their guitarist, Jim Blowers, a few questions about how the band started, how they starting working with El Hefe, and the future of Implants.
James Dewees needs your help. James is resurrecting his band, Reggie and The Full Effect, with a Kickstarter campaign to fund their next record. This will be the band’s 6th full length after issuing most of their catalog on Vagrant Records.
Jeff “King Django” Baker has been one of the most prolific musicians of our generation. Whether he is playing ska, reggae, dancehall, punk, hardcore, or some conglomeration of any/all of those, he has put out quality release after quality release. Musically, he has been the ringmaster of Skinnerbox, the Stubborn All Stars, his Roots & Culture band, and recording under his own name. He has also worked with a who’s who of bands such a Rancid, Murphy’s Law, the Slackers, Civ, and the Toasters. Not just a musician, Django also runs long running label Stubborn Records and the Version City studio.
The Generators are playing the West Coast in October in support of their latest album Last of the Pariahs. It’s a great album if you haven’t heard it yet! Steven Bauer sent over some questions to lead singer Doug Dagger to answer and this is what we got back. Read the interview below and be sure to visit www.the-generators.com to find out when the band will be playing in your city!
The Adicts have been touring pretty much the whole year and continue to do so. They will be touring in California, some cities in the Midwest and South in September and they also have a new album coming out as well! The new album is called “All the Young Droogs” and comes out on September 11th 2012. We sent some questions over to lead singer Monkey to answer, and below is what he said. Check them out and be sure to get the new album, it’s classic Adicts!
The early 2000s were a dark period for ska music. It seemed that the bubble had burst on the 3rd Wave of ska. Many of the record labels, who released the ska music that we loved, went out of business or stopped pressing our favorite releases. It was a dark time indeed.
Asbestos Records is a label out of Connecticut who has been around since 1996. In the last number of years, Asbestos has been super involved in spreading the gospel of ska. In a joint effort with Underground Communique and Ska Is Dead, they worked on the Ska Is Dead 7” Series. In 2011, they teamed up with Underground Communique once again to launch the 3rd Wave Ska Preservation Project. Run through Kickstarter, this project takes classic ska records from the 3rd Wave and presses them to vinyl for all fans to enjoy.
We had a chance to chat with Matt Flood from Asbestos Records about Asbestos, ska, and so much more.
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