December Countdown 3: Even More Skasome
I have these memories from my teenage years of being at house parties, drinking Two Dogs and munching pistachios in gardens while boys were setting up skate ramps on the grass and awkward teenage fumblings were taking place in rooms upstairs. The soundtrack to this is always the same – The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, NOFX, Reel Big Fish and Less Than Jake. I don’t recall every hearing anything else at these parties. So when Kemuri invited Reel Big Fish, Less Than Jake and Skankin’ Pickle over to play in September, my dormant teenager woke up and got excited and drunk all over again.
I’m going to admit it – I had to google Skankin’ Pickle before the show because other than the name, I knew little about them. It turns out they had disbanded by the time I we hit “peak” ska-punk back in the 1990s. The band can be said to be one of the originators of the new wave of ska-punk we were all into back then. One of things I really enjoyed about their show was that they still kept much more of the traditional “ska” vibe running through their sound and an irrepressible energy still evident after nearly 30 years since the band began.
Less Than Jake
As you can see from the photo above, Less Than Jake got themselves a circle-pit going. I saw LTJ a few years back and it was just as bonkers then as it was this time.
Reel Big Fish
Ahh, Reel Big Fish. What a pleasure it was to see them live. I have this memory of having seen them during one of those naively debauched festival weekends, but the memory is (unsurprisingly) hazy, if possibly not real at all. I guess alcoholic lemonade will do that to you. I wasn’t the only one who was pleased to see them. The Kemuri crowd are generally of a certain age, and they were all systems go for them.
Stay tuned for the grand-daddies of Japanese ska, The Ska Flames, in a few days!