* The screaming and yelling sort of "ska-punk", "skacore", or "crack rocksteady" bands that may be a bit unclear on the concept of what ska is.
* Incredibly talented but out of touch 40-somethings that feel ska should be about showing off their musical education instead of playing stuff people want to hear.
* Bands that were once successful trying to "cash in" on the success that they think they have now.
The Aggrolites (who are overrated because people tend to confuse authentic sounding instruments with authentic sounding music) are one of the few bands that made a bit of money and, for a while, everybody and their brother wanted to jump on the bandwagon hoping that they too will be able to break even on their hobby. People who once appreciated a ska beat sacrificed their integrity for over-played reggae instead. It got old real fast. But, sadly, these bands still called themselves "ska" bands and the youth of today - surely the group that should have been the driving force behind today's ska scene - didn't relate to this "old man's music" [Lynval Golding once called ska "Old Man's Music" - have we come full circle?]. "Ska of today is left in the hands of the older brothers and uncles who grew up listening to Streetlight Manifesto and Choking Victim.
Given both options - screamo metal with an occasional horn refrain and lounge music with a reggae beat, it's amazing to me that there is anybody left in the world playing ska at all. But there are. Ska just might be making a comeback. These are the bands I see leading the way:
[...or...in other words...Jason Duncan's favorite ska releases of 2012]
"For the Record" from the album Second Hand Love (2012)
Inner Terrestrials from London
"In the Name of the Father" from their first full-length Tales of Terror(2012)
"Cool Cat" from their debut cd Do the Dishes
"We're Going Dancing" from The Best of The Skatterbrains
(Thanks to Freddy Vidal!)
"Running Away" -single
"Berlin Moscow" from the album A.K.A. Bensonmam (2012)
"Alcohol Man" from their debut album Fresh Cuts (2012)
"Never Know" from Desperation State EP (2012)
Two Steps Twice from Sudbury, UK
"Streets are on Fire" from their debut 3-song EP Two Steps Twice EP (2012)
Mr. Wallace from Holland
"Too Rude for You" from their second EP Rudies and Rockers (They had one in 2011 called Ska Love)
"Situation Critical" from the Never Look Back EP (2012)
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