Reel Big Fish are back with their first studio album in six years. Their fun brand of ska-punk ignites ’90s nostalgia feels.
Cast your mind back to the mid ’90s. MTV had VJs hosting shows dedicated to playing music videos. Pop-punk was on heavy rotation and bands like Reel Big Fish found their wider audience.
The band rode a wave of hype surrounding the Southern Californian ska-punk scene into mainstream consciousness. Alongside peers like No Doubt and Sublime, Reel Big Fish found their niche with high energy shows, schoolyard humour and ironic covers of new-wave pop songs.
In 1997 ‘Sell Out‘ became a rock radio and music television favourite. An appearance in the film ‘Baseketball’ helped to broaden the band’s fanbase. Their cover of Aha’s ‘Take On Me’ from the movie soundtrack was released as a promotional single also found heavy rotation.
Reel Big Fish released seven studio albums between 1995 and 2012. Now, still led by frontman Aaron Barrett the band release their eighth studio long-player six long years later.
Titled ‘Life Sucks… Let’s Dance’, their new album finds Reel Big Fish releasing new music that’s as bright and vibrant as ever. A classic blend of pop-punk guitars punctuated with ska horns provide catchy hooks across fourteen tracks. Tongue in cheek humour permeates Barrett’s lyrics in songs filled with choruses that encourage the listener to sing along.
The first single from the new album is ‘You Can’t Have All of Me’. Check out the video below.
Whilst ‘Life Sucks…’ isn’t breaking new ground musically, the album certainly gives fans everything they expect and more. Each of the fourteen tracks is a potential ear-worm and testament to the art of fine-tuning your skills.
This is good-time music. Energetic, well paced, catchy as hell and liable to promote waves of nostalgia for ’90s SoCal ska-punk. Listeners beware, ‘Life Sucks… Let’s Dance’ could promote involuntary urges to pogo.
Standout Track: ‘Bleached Thang, Baby’
Reel Big Fish will also be embarking on an extensive tour in early 2019 starting on the 11th of January.