* BONUS ACHIEVED!! Every Pledge over $20 will now get a super secret 7" free along with whatever reward they have chosen, as a special thank you for all the support we have received on this project!
This is a joint project between Connecticut based Asbestos Records & Chicago Based Underground Communiqué Records. We both love ska, we both love vinyl.. and here's our little plan to combine those two loves.
Growing up in the 90's we fell in love with the burgeoning Ska movement that was developing within the underground punk scene. So many amazing bands packed small clubs, and halls all across America, especially in the Northeast, and Midwest where the two of us grew up. The Majors took notice, and seemingly overnight the whole thing blew up as “the next big thing” got gobbled up, co-opted and like every other musical trend quickly died off and became a 4 letter word.…well, except to those diehards who really loved the music and were too stubborn (no pun intended Django...) to let it die.
A few years ago it dawned on us that there was a ton of great records we loved as teenagers, that were long out of print on CD, never made it to iTunes, and were never available on vinyl. We slowly started contacting our old friends in these bands, asking for their blessing to reissue them, knowing full well that releasing a dead genre on a dead format was a horrible business model, but these albums are just too good, and too important to their fans to be left to obscurity. A few years ago we started our little project separately, before joining forces to bring these records back from the brink of obscurity and began reissuing classic 90's & 00's albums from the likes of bands such as The Slackers, Mustard Plug, The Suicide Machines, The Rudiments, Spring Heeled Jack, Arrogant Sons of Bitches as well as newer bands like Bomb the Music Industry!, The Flaming Tsunamis, and Sonic Boom Six. Not to mention the highly successful Ska is Dead 7” series we curated with Dave Kirchgessner from Mustard Plug, which will be an ongoing series promoting today’s still active headliners paired with up-and-coming ska bands.
Now we've been offered a whole bunch of amazing records to reissue, and vinyl is a good deal more expensive/risky to press, so we're reaching out to the Ska Community to help us to continue to preserve and reissue these classics of the genre we so love.
The next batch of releases will be as follows:
The Pietasters “Oolooloo”Arguably the greatest soul/ska record ever produced. This classic Moon Ska release owes as much of its sound to Motown, as it does to Jamaica. The band perfected their sound on this record. It was before they had toured with the Mighty Mighty Bosstones and developed a slightly harder edge on their Hellcat releases. To this day, when the band plays live most of their set list is still dominated by songs from this album.
Pilfers “Pilfers” Most supergroups are like the NFL probowl, tons of name recognition, but no real reason to pay any attention. This was absolutely not the case with NYC's Pilfers. Featuring ex-Toasters Coolie Ranx (who also managed to perform guest vox on seemingly every 3rd wave bands album in the late 90’s), Bim Skala Bim's Vinny Nobile on co-lead vocals and trombone, the rythm section from NYC's Skinnerbox: Anna Milat-Meyer, on bass & drummer James Blanck, and guitarist Nick Bacon from The Erratics. This band pioneered a reggae/ska/punk hybrid unlike anything that had come before. Their self released album is simply a masterpiece which stands as one of the brightest moments of the 90's Ska Revival, and the combination of two of the genre's most enigmatic frontmen made their live show unbelievable.
Edna's Goldfish “Before You Knew Better”In our opinion, hands down The Best ska album to come out of the Long Island scene in the 90's, and one of our personal favorite 3rd wave records period. This soulful super-dancey/pop ska record put them in a similar vein as CT's Spring Heeled Jack, and helped foster what would be an incredible local ska scene on the island that would influence such Asbestos Alumni as High School Football Heroes, Arrogant Sons of Bitches, Nix86 and tons of more bands. Though relatively unknown, possibly the most obscure of this batch of releases, the overall enthusiasm for this release held by the few and proud fans it did finds its way into their hearts remains as strong as ever to this day.
Suburban Legends “Rump Shaker”Most Ska bands that managed to get big did so largely based on the strength of their live shows and non stop touring. Santa Ana, California’s Suburban Legends took this to a whole new level in the years surrounding this release. Ridiculously complicated choreographed stage performances, and managing to play over 1000 sets in a single calendar year (performing over 960 shows: multiple sets a day at Disneyland, aside from their own rigorous touring schedule) is one hell of a way to show your dedication. If you've ever see them live, they get the crowd dancing just as hard as they are, and very few bands can even come close to their energy level. This record is the last to include Dallas Cook before he was sadly taken away from us.
So thank you for taking the time to consider our project, and if you are able to, please join our project and help us continually stengthen our little community, score some great records for your collection, and hopefully share those tunes with some new friends.
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