July 6, 2012 — Like most of their third-wave ska peers that enjoyed 15 minutes in the spotlight back in the mid-to-late ’90’s, Reel Big Fish gained prominence with a combination of high-energy live shows, some catchy tunes, and an endless supply of childish antics. And for the Summer of Ska tour, the guys pulled together a lineup with about the same modus operandi.
Supporting bands Suburban Legends and Big D and the Kids Table have both earned followings in their own right over the years. It was frat boy meets street punk in the pit, peppered with a dash of suburban moms chaperoning fresh-out-the-box teenagers.
The big surprise came from opening act the Maxies, hailing from Greenland (where it’s not all that green, not to be confused with Iceland, where it is), who weren’t even a ska band. Dressed like a cross between the Aquabats and a used box of tampons, the spandex-clad group of guys played an energetic mix of melodic punk tunes and complained a lot about the heat.
Ironically, Reel Big Fish’s youthful indiscretions have grown better with age, kind of like that bottle of fine wine you’d have traded for MD 20-20 back in high school. OK, at least they haven’t grown worse, which says a lot. The end of the month marks the band’s first release of original material in five years. Titled Candy Coated Fury, it keeps with the light-hearted angle for which the guys have been known. After that, it's off to the Eurozone for the second leg of the tour.
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Thanks for this wonderful news. Radar defined synergy. The band was greater than any player…
Second Hand Swagger!!
Totally original!!! Love love them!
The Quaildogs for sure!
It looks fun cheers