Another legend passed away. Founder of The Melodians died yesterday at the age of 77 years. He was the last living original band’s member.
If you haven’t already had an occasion to make yourself familiar with Skank Ranger activities, the upcoming premiere of his new 7″ is your perfect chance. This time the hero of this text has got down to a polish hc-punk classic – “Kolory” (Colors) by Post Regiment.
British 2-tone icons The Specials have announced their first album of original material in two decades. The band will release the new LP called Encore on February 1st, 2019 via UMC/Island.
Encore will be the band’s first album of new material since 1998’s Guilty ‘Til Proved Innocent!. The lineup for the band on the Encore is Lynval Golding, Terry Hall and Horace Panter, along with drummer Kenrick Rowe and guitarist Steve Cradock. It’s the first time that founding members Panter, Golding and Hall have recorded together since 1981’s UK number one single Ghost Town.
There’s not a lot of events in Poland, which you could proudly call a ska-festival. During the years there were a few initiatives of that kind, but usually they weren’t able to stay for its second, and surely not the third edition. In this context what looks extremely optimistic is Gdańsk Ska Jamboree. Its second edition is gonna take place this weekend.
Last Sunday in Poland we celebrated the 100th anniversary of regaining our country’s independence. That’s the perfect occasion to launch upon the high, international seas and to showcase our website to the rest of the world. During last 10 years we wrote most of our content only in Polish. For the last few months on our Facebook profile you could see that we’re trying to change it. From today the fully english version of our website will be available on RudeMaker.com domain. We’re gonna do our best to put all our articles in english here.
On this important moment I’d like to make a good welcome and show you a very subjective list of ten cool and meaningful songs by Polish artists, which, you could say, created or still are creating a ska/rocksteady/reggae scene in our country. Get to know a piece of our Polish musical history.
It’s the release you don’t want to miss. Junior Thomas aka Thomas McDowall was born in Minneapolis. After moving to California, with help of musician and producer Brian Dixon he formed a 10-men band The Volcanos and devoted himself to recording beautiful, melodic tunes refering to the golden era of rocksteady. In effect in 2005 an absolutely perfect album “Beware” was created. After three years guys went with the punch and on October 18th “Rockstone” came out.
In USA attitude to Jamaican music depends on which coast you live on (or perhaps on how much sun you get during the year). In California musical nerds strip away Treasure Isle and Studio One music to recreate it perfectly. In New York musicians write great songs by intuition or trial & error. From connecting both these worlds Reggae Workers Of The World emerged. Alongside Jesse Wagner from The Agrrolites and Vic Ruggiero from The Slackers there’s also Nico Léonard from The Moon Invaders throwing in his two euro-cents. Their second album “R.W.W. II” was released in May by Nico’s label, Badasonic Records. For this occasion they went touring in Europe.
Swedish ska band The Statement will release a new single entitled ”The Backseat Driver” in exactly 1 month. A follow-up on the EP ”Checking In” (2017) and a taste of the forthcoming album (scheduled for 2019).
Sentimental Moods is an instrumental ska band from Jakarta, Indonesia. They’re formed in 2009 and released 2 LPs, 4 EPs, and singles. On 13th October, 2018 (International Cassette Store Day) the band – in collaboration with Doggy House Records – released EP “Sentimental Moods feat. VOCALS”. EP was released in physical form only on the cassette.
The Offenders are coming to Poland next week for 5 gigs. Band was created in Italy in the end of 2005. When they released their first album “Hooligan Reggae”, they had no idea, that in future it’ll be considered european ska scene classic.
Sad news. Michał Gawlicz died, he was 39 years old. Michał has been associated with Polish reggae music for many years, he was a manager, promoter, creator and prime mover of many musical projects and events (for example Reggae Majówka in Olesno).He worked a.o. with HABAKUK, Makabunda, Naaman, Lion Vibrations and Sidney Polak. He was the founder of the concert and publishing company Artakcja – he published Cała Góra Barwinków’s album “Beat 2 Meet U” and a film about the Częstochowa reggae scene “Żywe Drzewo”. R.I.P.
Do you know the Rocksteady Sporting Club? RSC is a great rocksteady/ska band from Reunion Island (one of the overseas departments of France), between Madagascar and Mauritius. The band was founded in 2003. To date, band’s discography is just three singles released by Maudit Tangue Label rock péi on limited 7-inch vinyls. After 15 years of activity the band decided to release their debut album, entitled “Holy Soul – Backyard Diaries”.
Additional info to all you vinyl lovers out there: 2LP gatefold version is gonna be out on October 26th.
Great news for vinyl maniacs! On 27th October, 2018 – 15 years after the premiere of the CD – Vespa’s second album “Bujaj się” will be released on vinyl for the first time!
Do you know a documentary series by Marc-Aurèle Vecchione entitled “Capturing a culture”? The program was realised by Arte, a public Franco-German TV network that promotes programs in the areas of culture and the arts.
Today is the day! Caz Gardiner & The Badasonics debut LP is out now on Badasonic Records. The album was recorded in an amazing Belgian Pum Pum Hotel, an analog only recording studio using tape machines, analog gear, vintage microphones and instruments.