June 12, 2017 at 4:38 pm #55455
Not freaking likely, I just thought it interesting that you have a few bands that haven’t released albums in up to 20 years throwing their towel back in the ring. What’s more interesting, is that these bands are bastardizations or shadows of what they were (I mean, that’s true for pretty much any ska band that has been around since the 1990s).
Save Ferris had an underwhelming EP earlier this year. Seems suspect as Monique Powell is the only returning member. None of this should be surprising, however, if you are familiar with her reputation within the community.
Next we have Spring Heeled Jack USA, after 19 years. A few members return, so it seems at least a little genuine – though lacking Tyler Jones and Chris Rhodes. However the product they produced is at least underwhelming, and no offence to these guys but it’s not like they had a good enough reputation to have people clamoring for a reunion. I sincerely hope they’re having fun with it, though – good on them.
Finally we have the result of John Feldman producing a really good Blink 182 album, going crazy with power (instead of animal rights this time) and forgetting that Goldfinger is more than just him. Essential members Charlie P. and Darrin P. are no longer a part of Goldfinger and aren’t on good terms with Feldman. So, with their exit, it looks like Feldman felt like making Goldfinger a super group of punk rock mainstays, instead (again, trying to ride his success from last year’s Blink album). He’s got Travis Barker on drums (yeah, he’s good, but this guy is in so many bands, does anyone care anymore?) and MxPx’s Mike Herrera on bass (I love this guy, but like, what? Why?). And then some other guy on guitar. I’m still interested in this album, however (even though the single is a bore).
Honourable mentions: Less Than Jake are still stand-up dudes and released a pretty good EP a few months back. Rancid has a new one out as well that I have yet to listen to.
I happened to think it was funny that these bands/one person from these bands are crawling out of the woodwork right now. Thoughts?
June 14, 2017 at 6:38 pm #55456
Someone come and talk to me. Literally nobody I know cares about this shit anymore.
I have to go back on my words. The Goldfinger single, The Knife, is very catchy. Been humming it all day.
June 28, 2017 at 6:57 am #55457
Speaking about bands from 20 years ago, not releasing an album in the last 10… I saw System of a down last Sunday. Pretty good show. No encore though.
The local ska scene here saw a revival 2-3 years ago, but now it’s dead again. Seeing Matrioska next month.
July 5, 2017 at 3:20 pm #55458
I’m listening to We’re Not Happy… 12 years old this year. Goddamn this album got way too much flak when it first came out. It’s seriously great, it’s just got shitty horn tone.
July 7, 2017 at 11:03 am #55459
We’re not happy grew a lot on me too. I think everyone was just expecting “something different” when it came out. The same happened to me with Chimps: if you skip “Please don’t tell her” (worst song RBF ever recorded) and perhaps Way back (not a bad song, but boring chorus) it’s actually a really nice album.
Ska-talites is playing in my town in two weeks. I don’t know if any of the original members is still in the band but I guess they’re still worth seeing.
Tonight the Sun Ra Arkestra is playing in a seaside town 45 minutes from here, so I may also go there.
July 25, 2017 at 2:21 pm #55460
Maybe it’s because I’m a little high on otc muscle relaxants, but this latest Goldfinger record is Feldman’s best since Stomping Ground. Not a high bar, mind you, but hey, it’s worth a listen. Decent amount of non-generic ska.
Way to go, bonkers Johnny.
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