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Album Review

This ten-man ska organization has the fast ska beat and all the happy, positive trappings of a good ska project. There are a couple of things that set them out, for me. Foremost is this is the must successful integration of keyboards into ska. There is a nickelodeon sound in "Bluetelle" and a 70s rock nod in "Operation Thunderballs." Props to keyboardist/accordionist Peter Cowan on this. Also, the CD is broken up by instrumental to allow the horn players to stretch in long jazzy solos. For example, the slow "For Laura" and the upbeat "Meat Dance."


Formed: 1993

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s

With their third-wave influence of hyper-active ska-punk that the likes of The Mighty Mighty Bosstones and Operation Ivy first debuted, Slow Gherkin wanted to bring their own playful style of this genre to their native Santa Cruz, California. But like most ska-punk bands who's over crowded line-up could have the tendency to out number the audience, Slow Gherkin were also cursed with a revolving line-up since their 1994 debut; a line up that at one point featured ten members. Despite Slow Gherkin's...
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