No lions, no tigers, just bears…and judging by their use of punctuation, the proximity of said bears would seem to be a matter of some urgency for this Rhode Island ska punk troupe. Having expanded their horn section since the release of 2015’s ‘Bad News Bears! Bears! Bears!’, their second EP carries on where the previous release left off and, yes, urgency is very much the watchword here. The six tracks on ‘Every Piece Counts’ owe a huge debt to the works of Less Than Jake but, in terms of general enthusiasm, Bears sound much more appealing than Chris, Roger and Vinny have since the days of ‘Hello Rockview!’…and it’s somewhat frightening to note that at the time of this EP’s release, that LTJ album is almost two decades old.
US punkers Leftover Crack take to the road this month to play shows in the UK, Europe and Russia. Although its been a decade since they last released a studio album, reports suggest they are currently writing.
Released via Asian Man Records in conjunction with Community Records (sometime home of Best of the Worst), this eight track disc from Louisina’s All People is a release which never settles. While there are plenty of guitar driven moments and a punky energy within the material, ‘Communicate’ is a release recommended more for those listeners who enjoy a dose of reggae with their attitude. Although Dub War and The Clash would be the most obvious bands to namedrop, this four piece band have much more to offer than just recycled inspiration and although it would be easy (and lazy) to label them as just another ska/punk band, ‘Communicate’ features arrangements that have so much more to offer than your average skacore merchants.
Skacore legends Voodoo Glow Skulls have a handful of live dates confirmed for the first quarter of 2014. The dates – all in either California or Mexico, including a double header with Pulley – are listed below.