Record Label: Self-released
Genre: Ska Punk
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Long Island punk band with ska guitar, The Fad, has returned with a 4 song EP follow up to their hyper energetic full length debut album, Kill Punk Rock Stars.
With this latest release, The Fad utilizes horns in two out of the four songs, which is about as much brass as what they used on their debut full length. The first track “Cut It” serves only as a good indication that the band should utilize brass a lot more than they normally do. The EP closes with a very punk and faster cover of “Rat Race” by The Specials. The brass is absent from this track, a shame since this cover may have benefited a lot with the addition of a horn section. The music, however, is fine though as a follow up to their very catchy and energetic debut album, something seems to be missing, perhaps more songs to rival the drive or the consistent momentum of their previous record.
Bottom Line: If this is The Fad trying to focus more on the ska side, they are almost there. Perhaps they need more of this flavor of the genre to add to this repertoire in order to make it a stronger release whether as a follow up or collection of ska punk tunes, however, dedicated fans may rejoice more.
Notable Tracks: Cut It, Rat Race