(news-ska, movies) Filmmakers Launch Kickstarter for ‘Pick It Up! Ska In The 90’s’ Documentary Exploring the 1990’s Third Wave Ska Explosion

Film to feature interviews with members of No Doubt, Reel Big Fish, Less Than Jake, Goldfinger, the Pietasters, Fishbone, Save Ferris, Let’s Go Bowling, Dance Hall Crashers, the Specials, Mustard Plug, the Toasters, Skankin’ Pickle, Hepcat, the Slackers, Kemuri, Blink 182/the Aquabats, the Hippos, The Skatalites, Sublime and many more!

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Bend, OR-based production company PopMotion Pictures has launched a Kickstarter campaign for its next project, a feature-length documentary film that explores the third-wave ska explosion of the 1990’s, led by bands like The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Reel Big Fish, No Doubt, and Sublime. The goal of the film is to tell that story from a wide variety of points of view, including dozens of the key figures who lived it.

The documentary, a “love letter” to third wave ska, will delve deep into how the genre of ska evolved from its original Jamaican form, through British “two-tone” in the 80s, into an entirely new global thing in the 90’s, when it became wildly popular for a brief moment in music history. From the early years of bands like No Doubt, Fishbone, The Toasters, Let’s Go Bowling and Skankin’ Pickle, to the massive radio success of The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Reel Big Fish, and Save Ferris.

The film’s director Taylor Morden and producer Rei Mastrogiovanni (both former bandmates in various ska bands, of course) have canvassed the world hitting up clubs, studios and music festivals, in a quest to chat face to face with the bands, promoters, record label executives, fans, and others who helped build the ska scene in the 90s. The list of interviewees is impressive and includes members of No Doubt, Reel Big Fish, Less Than Jake, Goldfinger, the Pietasters, Fishbone, Save Ferris, Let’s Go Bowling, Dance Hall Crashers, the Specials, Mustard Plug, the Toasters, Skankin’ Pickle, Hepcat, the Slackers, Kemuri, Blink 182/the Aquabats, the Hippos, The Skatalites, Sublime and many more!

The film aims to showcase the underground DIY nature of the scene all over the world and how the push into the spotlight changed everything. Making this film in a similar DIY, independent manner feels fitting given the nature of the ska scene over the years.

Morden and Mastrogiovanni’s goal is to tell this story as accurately as possible from as many points of view as possible, as it was a very different culture of ska music in New York than it was in Orange County or Tokyo.

Visit the ‘Pick It Up’ Kickstarter page at: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/974601805/pick-it-up-ska-in-the-90s?ref=bcb77n.

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(record review)TBA-“It´s something”

TBA started in 2015.and this is their new release and I listened to it and reviewed it for this webzine. If you are into melodic skatepunk, you came to the right place. Read the review here and get the album!

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This band is based in Bucharest, Romania and I am pretty sure that it is the first Romanian melodic punk band that has been reviewed in this webzine. The record contains 6 melodic punk songs and although the music is mainly skatepunk, TBA are not shy using pop punk and doing it awesome like for example in “Note to Self”. The lyrics are in English language and as I read them while listening to the record, they are mainly personal with a slight between the lines touch of political. For me, the best song on the record is “Fuck it” being very fast and almost hardcore song but remaining melodic in basic lines and chorus. The vocals remind me a bit of Toby Morse from H2O especially in that song, but maybe that is only me, maybe they will not sound the same to you. This is old school melodic punkrock in the vein of the bands who did that in the 90-ies and I am really glad that I found one more band who are playing that style of music.

7,5/10

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Get the album on Bandcamp: https://tbabandcamp.bandcamp.com/album/its-something

 

 

(new single)ATLAS FOR HOME – New single “Join The Club”, e.p. out in September on Red Toad Music(Krod Records)

31960060_2008743952500422_7671693764053696512_nFollowing the release of their first EP “More Than A Year “in 2014 and a single “ Home “ in 2016, with more than 100 000 streams on Spotify to this day, French Rock band ATLAS FOR HOME will release on June 18th a new single “ Join The Club “ (Red Toad Music/Krod Records), off their new EP “Late Bloomer” due to be released in September

Up-tempo pop-rock song in the same vein as New Found Glory, Alkaline Trio or The Starting Line, “Join The Club” is about the actual conformism generated by the society and feeling the need to be oneself and not something else.

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ATLAS FOR HOME is an alt-rock/pop-rock band based in Paris and consists of Valentin Guérin (Vocals/guitar), Marion Gualandi (Bass), Paul Robin (Guitar/back vocals) and Tom Raynal (drums). Since 2012, the quartet works on its musical identity.

Atlas For Home released in 2014 its first EP “ More Than A Year “ (2014) (with the pop anthem “Feeling Alive”), inspired by bands such as The Dangerous Summer and Angels and Airwaves. Since then, AFH progresses to a more aggressive, rock identity, currently represented by the Biffy-Clyro inspired “ Home “.

In France, Atlas For Home had the opportunity to open for international bands (Man Overboard, State Champs, Moose Blood) and local heroes (STAMP, The Earl Grey, Soulfakers). The band is known for its good mood and its unifying side.

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