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Jul
14

VIDEO: I finally got to see Five Iron Frenzy live




Back when I was first introduced to ska in high school, Five Iron Frenzy was one of those bands that I fell in love with right away.

Over the years I've had the opportunity to see a lot of the bands that have inspired me live, on-stage. And with FIF reunited and touring again, I was able to cross them off my list this weekend at Durty Nellie's in the burbs.

They played a lot of tunes from the new album Engine of a Million Plots— which I love, but is definitely a change from the past. Their sound has evolved into a heavier (and slightly more mature) rock-with-horns style from the siller ska-punk days of yore. But for anyone afraid of FIF taking themselves too seriously, just check out their track "Battle Dancing Unicorns with Glitter."

FIF was joined by Chicago's Still Alive, and Ska's The Limit— a new ska band out of Illinois State. Sadly, the ruthless Chicago traffic kept me from catching their set, but I heard great things. Hoping to see them soon.

You can check out some sweet pics from the Five Iron Frenzy set below:

-- Curtis



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May
24

Disastr House Ska Fest!

We played a show in Rockford, IL over the weekend and it was... DYNOMITE! 

Things that happened:
  • A million bands were there
  • One of us threw up
  • We found out taco bell is Rockford's number one Mexican restaurant
  • One of the back windows of the turbowagon exploded for seemingly no reason
  • We ate at cracker barrell
  • We got liquor at Costco before we hit the road. 
  • We played a great set right after our good friends, Something to Do
  • We met a lot of friendly people and took pictures with them. You can see those pics here!

Apr
07

New T-shirt Swag

Sexy new shirts, you can grab one starting Friday at our Cubby Bear show! Online merch store coming soon, stay tuned...

Mar
13

Adopt-a-ska-band

Mike here was traveling through Chicago and looking for something to do so he hung out with us at rehearsal!

Thanks for the memories


Mar
01

March Video Update

Brought to you by the lovely Laura Camacho!


Just some of the cool stuff we've got going on in March:
*in a hushed whisper* By the way, we're playing a super secret show in Evanston tonight... It's so secret that we can't talk about it online (the man is always listening) but hit up a band member for details.

*backs away slowly*
Feb
07

Ska-POW 2014 Heavy-weight Champions!

We crossed the border into Minnesota with our pants sagging. We looked to the heavens for a solution, and our prayers were answered in the form of a ska-themed wrestling belt!

We played Ska-POW over the weekend; The third-annual contest featuring Midwestern ska bands. This year it was at Triple Rock in MINNEAPOLIS (which btw, was referenced in "seeing double at the triple rock" by NOFX— fun fact).


The DJ was spinning sweet ska tunes all night

We arrived with wet socks and empty stomachs. After eating hot dogs at the Wienery and replenishing our liquor reserves we were ready to hit the stage. Sam broke a string, Anthony fell down and skinned his knee, Laura was too sweaty... IT WAS A CHAOS!

After a quick fist fight in the parking lot outside of the venue, we were ready for our second set. We rocked like we’d never rocked before and made sure to blow plenty of kisses. Our scores from the American Idol-style judges were outrageously good. We were then presented with the title belt and celebrated by playing four more songs.

Unfortunately we didn't get to see the Mary Tyler Moore statue or eat at cracker barrel on the way home, but we'll be back... TO DEFEND THE TITLE.


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