Maturity is overrated, and if any band can prove that to be true it is the Easy Bay ska punk outfit Skandalism
. The band cut its teeth attending punk shows at the Gilman, and pays homage to old school ska and punk bands like Operation Ivy, Green Day, and NOFX. With references like that, you know their live show is going to be insane and fun. Short, energetic songs with lazy beats and ska tones are perfect with Skandalism's whining vocals, backing vocals, and yelps/shouts. Each track evokes classic ska feelings, whether it's an upbeat punk infused tune or a melodic, brooding song or a well-crafted mix of both. Track titles like "Cheek Swab" and "Fish Stick" belie the real thoughtfulness and ska ethos that is Skandalism. Combining ska, punk, reggae, and rock, the boys in Skandalism are here to life your spirits and make you mosh
Jokes For Feelings
: If you want to have a good time, look to Jokes For Feelings to make it happen. Jokes For Feelings are a loud, punk rock, ska that rep the East Bay hard and even have their own anthem, "Mushroom Cloud," that name drops their members and popular Bay Area bars. Short snappy songs with everything a punk could possibly want: tiny bass solos, big horns, bad attitudes, and yelling. And of course jokey fun -- when Jokes For Feelings say "Fuck You" they probably really mean "I love you," right? Right. Songs about lost youth, mushroom clouds, head trips, and all around punkness set the pace at a rollicking ska stomp. Don't get in the way of this wave of sound, just let the music take you where it wants. The band would be right at home in an Oakland house party getting arrested as they are in the club. Snarling vocals and raucous beats and lyrics lay atop a whirlwind of ska punk. The band has seven members, making it easy for them to cultivate that authentic punk ska sound from days past -- plenty of horns to go around. Be prepared to skank your way around the dance floor.