I’ve never really left that short lived “phase” everyone in their late 20s once went through in their younger middle school and high school days of loving ska. While I don’t exactly rock the two-tone shirts and hats anymore (and I only stopped doing that in the past 4 years… way after ska has been big) I still love some solid third wave ska punk. Unfortunately, new ska bands are few and far between, and the ones I’ve heard have been incredibly shitty ripoffs of Reel Big Fish.
This is where DC’s Kill Lincoln completely blows my mind with their release of That’s Cool… In A Totally Negative And Destructive Way. I’ve never heard of them before this album, and yet they nail the sound so perfectly it seriously makes me nostalgic. Kill Lincoln delivers ten killer ska-punk tracks, and they certainly aren’t afraid to wear their influences on their sleeves early. Shit, this album could easily be mistaken for a missing Less Than Jake B-Side for Hello Rockview if it weren’t for the random bouts of hardcore aggression we used to hear from The Suicide Machines.
The album is incredibly fun, catchy, and is a serious contender for one of the best I’ve heard all year. So stop acting too cool in the corner, and start fucking skanking and singing along.
More Ska For Your Checkerboard Pattern Heart:
Scenester 101: How to Be a 3rd Wave Ska Dork
Less Than Jake – Greetings And Salutations
Big D And The Kids Table – Good Luck
Against All Authority – 24 Hours Roadside Resistance
Desmond Dekker – This Is Desmond Dekkar
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