13 Songs, 47 Minutes

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Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics.
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Jon E Ska ,

Hub City Reeking Havoc Upon the scene Again

Well well well. Hub City Stompers is creeping back out the shadows of Dirty Jerz to throw a wrench in all the poppy punk 3rd wave landscape of American ska. As usual, Front man, Rev. Sinister, is up to his old tricks again coming up with witty commentary on everything from snitches, "ska dorks", people's accents (whu?!), to old creepy dudes. Jenny Whiskey is his accomplice in crime, proving once again that although her sultry voice is mesmerizing, you should never get on her bad side or else she'll unleash a vocal lashing that would make Taylor Swift jealous.

The band is okay, but they're no Streetlight Manifesto or Reel Big Fish. If you're in to that trad and "real" ska style then apparently they are pretty much spot on and what you're looking for.

Reggae Bob is delivering unearthly walking bass lines that could equal a couple marathons. So many notes! Your fingers must be swole! He is built like a rugby player so no derogatory comments from me here.

Rob Gorgeous is the ska master on guitar delivering what we like to call in the business THE CHOP! Sadly, poor thing probably can't play any faster to get that authentic ska punk sound. He must be getting old so it's good he plays with HCS.

Pip, the shirtless hobo wonder, delivers the signature HCS drum sound that they seem hell bent on using. I think they call it "ska beats". Much slower than what real 3rd wave ska should be. Pip reminds me of a Bunchajerks I know from PA.

Pukey B ticking the keys for this new release. He throws A LOT of organ on this album. He's right on top of that off beat with a dash of solos. Is it even SKA to have organ? Weird.

James Kelly and Jenny Whiskey killing it on trombone and sax respectively. Killer solos and the horn lines we've come expect on HCS albums. As any skaficionado would agree, much respect to all horn players no matter what kind of ska you love. (I personally think they should be in an awesome 3rd wave band, but their loss).

Of course they had to boost their ska cred with guest appearances by Roy Ellis, King Django, Coolie Ranx. Nice touch. That should sell you one or 2 more CDs. Nice tribute and much love to Roy Radics (rest in power).

All in all, I have to admit that I enjoy listening to this alone in my room wearing my checkered suspenders, old navy polo, jordache jeans rolled up, and my sketchers work boots while I'm skanking and mean muggin' in the mirror. Now I feel like the toughest rude boy at the shows in my town.

Thanks HCS

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