The Mighty Mighty Bosstones
The Mighty Mighty BossToneS became the ambassadors of the 90s ska explosion by forging new territory and being one of the first, if not the first to cross high-energy ska with hardcore punk. Over a 30-year career Boston’s best dressed band has built and continue to build a devoted following with their unique brass-infused brand of punk rock.
They were fresh out of high school when they recorded their debut album, Devils Night Out, which was released in 1990 on Taang! Records. The follow-up, was 1992's More Noise and Other Disturbances, as well as the release of the Where'd You Go EP. The band started to make a lot of noise which garnered major label attention and in 1993, the BossToneS signed a major-label deal with Mercury Records and released Don't Know How to Party, and 1994 saw the band paying homage to their hardcore roots with a mini-album titled, Ska-Core, the Devil and More, as well as the full-length Question the Answers. A year later, the Boston boys were coerced into appearing in the film Clueless, which has since become a cult classic, performing "Where'd You Go," and "Someday I Suppose," two of their most popular songs to date; they also landed a main-stage slot on that summer's Lollapalooza tour.
In 1997, Let's Face It become the band's biggest-selling album to date; certified platinum, buoyed by the success of the anthemic "The Impression That I Get." Live from the Middle East followed in 1998 and Pay Attention, was released in the spring of 2000 and produced another modern rock hit in "So Sad to Say." A Jackknife to a Swan appeared two years later, as did a headlining stint on The Vans Warped Tour.
In 2003, with individual members already involved in other projects and the band essentially having toured nonstop since 1991, they announced they were going on hiatus. During this time, frontman Barrett became a staple as the announcer on ABC's late-night talk show Jimmy Kimmel Live.
The band returned in 2007 by performing several live shows and released Medium Rare. The new material marked the end of the Mighty Mighty BossToneS hiatus, and in 2008 they released, Pin Points and Gin Joints, they continued to tour and in 2011 they brought us The Magic of Youth, on their very own Big Rig Records.
The Mighty Mighty BossToneS have stuck more pins in the map and racked up more tour miles than they can probably remember. Over the years they’ve earned the reputation as one of the hardest touring bands in rock. Refusing to slow down the band is still going strong, In December of 2016 they released a limited edition 7”, their version of the song "What the World Needs Now Is Love" (produced by Lawrence Katz and the BossToneS and mixed by Paul Kolderie) featuring an unreleased original BossToneS song "I Won't Go Out Like That” as the B-side. 2017 saw the band headline Riot Fest and play the 20th Anniversary of their highly successful and long-standing holiday party, The HomeTown ThrowDown and Boston Mayor Marty Walsh presented the BossToneS with a proclamation declaring December 28th Mighty Mighty BossToneS day in the city of Boston.
The Mighty Mighty BossToneS are currently writing and recording and will release a new studio album titled “While We’re at It” in the summer of 2018.
The unstoppable and tried and true Mighty Mighty BossToneS are: Dicky Barrett, Joe Gittleman, Chris Rhodes, Tim Burton, Joe Sirois, Leon Silva, Ben Carr, Lawrence Katz, John Goetchius.
Los Kung Fu Monkeys
Los Kung Fu Monkeys are a ska punk band based out of Canada and Mexico. Formed in Tijuana in 1997 when Canadian brothers Tarek and Hassan Limas with Bernie Leos joined their talents to start Los Kung Fu Monkeys. Influenced by the California punk scene and Latin rock, these guys play some fast paced songs with hard vocals and very melodic horn lines that will stick in your head for days.
After eighteen years of hard work they are considered pioneers of the ska punk movement in Mexico, have played some of the biggest festivals around the world like Warped Tour (U.S.A), Vive Latino (Mexico), Victoria ska festival (Canada) and toured many times all over Canada, United States, Mexico and Europe.
They have released a series of albums starting with “Rebuilding the World” in 2001 and “End Transmission” in 2003 on one shot records. The self-titled album on their own label RIOT RADIO Records in 2006 and in 2009 Übersee Records asked LKFM to release an EP exclusively for Europe. As a result they released the “Lobo Hombre en Paris” E.P. In 2010 they release their first vinyl record a 7” 45 RPM split records with the Voodoo Glow Skulls on Cafeina Riot Radio Records and also releasing a greatest hits record in Japan on Ska In The World Records/Disk Union.
Proving that they are an Icon and an Institution in Mexico, they get added to the most important rock music festival in Latin America “VIVE LATINO 2012” playing with Madness, Foster the People, Café Tacuba, and Gogol Bordello. For 2014 Los kung fu Monkeys start the year playing ‘Que me pregunten’ fest in Mexico City in front of 10,000 people.
This 2015 looks to be their best year putting out a new record with Canadian label Stomp Records and planning on touring for the 2015 release of the record and all of 2016.
Till this day Los Kung Fu Monkeys have toured in over 15 countries all over the world, headlining, and also sharing the stage and bill with all the greats in the underground as well as the mainstream markets, mythical bands like The Misfits, Moby, Panteon Rococo, Mad Caddies, Voodoo Glow Skulls, Fishbone, Madness, The Toasters, The Aggrolites, NOFX, Dropkick Murphys, Enrique Bunbury, the Planet smashers, Dos Minutos The Adicts and many more.
BUSTER SHUFFLE RELEASE ‘NAKED’ - SEPT 20th
‘Take my word for it, they're rocking’ THE SUN
‘Inspired arrangements and effective songs One to watch (four stars)’ UNCUT
‘You'll enjoy this knees-up bar-room stomp’ THE GUARDIAN
‘An eclectic line-up’ TIMEOUT
‘A verve and feel for 2-tone foundations laid by early Specials’ THE DAILY MIRROR
‘Piano-bashing Cockney mayhem’ THE TIMES
London's Buster Shuffle are getting ready for an all-out assault with the release of latest album 'Naked' on September 20th. Mixed by the former protege of megastar Adele producer, Paul Epworth - the much-in-demand Jamie Ellis (Florence & The Machine, The Rifles) - there's no question this album represents a collection of songs with the quality to propel the band to the status they so richly deserve. Set to be debuted at Bestival later this summer, standout songs, including the insanely catchy 'Naked', 'Devon' and 'South' (previewed to a sold-out London Barfly earlier in the year), boast truly inspired melodies and arrangements - an effortless fusion of ska and indie pop (think Madness crossed with Blur) with magnificently mischievous lyrics and a proper, authentic rock and roll sound. Already a big deal with a dedicated following on the European circuit, Buster Shuffle built their reputation touring the UK with the likes of The Holloways, The Wombats, Goldie Lookin' Chain and Chas 'n' Dave, before signing to EMI offshoot People Like You. Uncut magazine gave debut album 'Our Night Out' four stars, while the follow-up LP 'Do Nothing' (which featured collaborations with Micky Gallagher of The Blockheads/The Clash, Roddy Radiation of The Specials and contemporary indie heroes Ian Catskillkin of Art Brut and Wag of The Infidels) regularly charted on European bestseller lists as well as featuring on BBC Radio and XFM (where frontman Jet Baker was a regular on Danny Wallace's breakfast show). Sold-out shows in practically every major European city followed (from Berlin to Vienna and every letter in between), as well as high-profile festival slots alongside the likes of Lee Scratch Perry in Germany, Frank Turner in Czechoslovakia and massive arena shows in Italy with Drop Kick Murphys. Since then, UK supports with Madness, The Blockheads, The Rifles and Shed Seven, along with packed out in-store Fred Perry subculture gigs have further enhanced the band's burgeoning reputation. In 2013, Buster Shuffle conquered yet more new territories, playing to huge crowds at festivals in France and stepping up a level to world famous festivals including Dour in Belgium and Fusion in Germany, as well Wickerman and Rebellion in the UK. Buster Shuffle is … the virtuoso, creative behemoth, Jet Baker on piano and lead vocals, the best rhythm section you could hope to find in the shape of Terry Mascall on drums and Dave Gravy on bass, James Stickley, giving heart and soul, on guitar.