Written by GE 138.
I get sent stuff all the times from random bands and assorted PR places looking to break the "next big thing" by any means necessary. Usually I just give them a casual once over before throwing them away, but this cover caught my eye for some reason, and it's a pretty interesting release from a band from Italy called Skassapunka that's been around for awhile now. This CD, called Rudes Against, is the band's 3rd release and it's an interesting mix of 2 Tone Ska, Political Punk, Reggae, Pop, Oi!, all mixed up and tossed together like a musical fruit salad, full of sweet sugary goodness that gives you lots of energy to burn. All the songs on here are uptempo toe tapping ragers, crafted for crowd interaction with lots of slogany shouty vocal parts and singalong bits that are all in Italian, so I have no idea what they're shouting about, but it sounds like they mean it, and it sounds pretty good! ha ha They remind me A LOT of Gogol Bordello, mixed with Reel Big Fish and Rancid or some poseur shit like that, and whether that's a good thing or not I'll leave to you to decide. 2 songs on here are sung in English, We Want To Dance Ska and the title song Rudes Against, but it makes not a bit of difference. The artwork seems to scream ANTIFA like appearance / sentiments, but who knows? Although not my cup of tea, this release from Skassapunka is a great sounding, energetic, collection of tunes that can get the party rocking or lead the Revolution, depending on which way the wind is blowing at the time. Check it out if you're into the whole Ska / Gypsy /Anarcho Punk thing. You might like it.
Available from KOB Records by clicking here. Available digitally from Amazon by clicking here. "Like" the band on Facebook by clicking here. Follow the band on Instagram by clicking here.