RBF fans, the 6 year wait for new music is almost over! With their 9th studio album scheduled to drop on Rock Ridge Music December 21, 2018. The long-running ska heroes, fresh off a summer-long stint on the final cross-country Vans Warped Tour, and appearances at Scallywag! Fest (with Bad Religion, Pennywise, Less Than Jake and The Interrupters) and Sammy Hagar’s Hightide Beach Party, remain as popular as ever, as they continue to tour non-stop, playing over 250 shows a year to thousands of loyal fans all over the world, gaining more and more underground popularity as the Ska scene continues to flourish.
1. Life Sucks… Let’s Dance!
2. Pissed Off
3. You Can’t Have All of Me
4. In Love Again
5. Tongue Tied and Tipsy Too
6. Bleached Thang, Baby
7. Another Beer Song
8. Bob Marley’s Toe
9. Ska Show
10. The Good Old Days
11. G.D. Beautiful Day
12. I Should Know By Now
13. I’d Rather Get It Wrong
14. Walter’s Highlife
We are enjoying a sneak peak at the new tunes and have a lot to say about it along with some thoughts from Aaron Barrett (vocals and guitar). Barrett says, “We started recording the album in January 2018 and really took our time with it. Our friend and engineer David Irish just finished building his new studio “Pot of Gold” in Orange, CA, and we loved how everything sounds there. There’s just really good energy and good vibes there, plus there’s a really adorable studio kitten named Iggy Fluff there, so we may have accidentally made a positive, happy record instead of a pissed off, hateful record, oops…well, there’s a little pissed off-ness in there and some sarcastic, funny lyrics as usual! Also, I just got married so there might be a few sappy love songs on the album too! Yuck!”
He adds, “Recording the album with this line up was really fun, we all get along really well these days and everybody was excited to make a new record. Everybody had lots of great ideas and really got creative with everything and I really think it shows.
The new single “You Can’t Have All of Me,” is a danceable sing-along, catchy, hooky good old Reel Big Fish song. We didn’t reinvent the wheel… We just painted more checkers on it!”
It did not take long for me to review my notes about each song to land on my final feelings about this installment in the REEL BIG FISH library. With an overwhelming smile I’d have to say this is a feel good album anyone who appreciates quality music can enjoy on some level. And for us who enjoy the insane horn section perfectly balanced with crispy vocals and some crunchy guitar tones, well you probably pre-ordered this album like I did!
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