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Album Review

On their debut album, Japanese ska-punks Potshot put the spurs to the largely kind-of-boring mid-'90s resurgence of ska music by revving up the tempos by at least 30 percent (seriously, anyone who tries dancing to a song like the breakneck "Since Yesterday" is at risk of a coronary) and dialing back all the cod-reggae Jamaican-isms that make so many of the frat-boy third wave ska bands so laughable. The drumbeat and a familiar-sounding horn section are Pots and Shots' only links to ska music, but they're enough to shred 90 percent of the post-No Doubt pretenders. (A minute-long thrashing of "Tears of a Clown," clearly inspired by the English Beat's take on the same, is cute enough, but kind of an obvious idea.) Aside from those elements, Potshot deliver a revved-up take on '90s pop-punk, with frenetic songs like "Mexico" and the only slightly less chaotic "Handle" providing more than enough catchy songcraft to balance the aggression.


Formed: 1995 in Tokyo, Japan

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Potshot were a six-piece spitfire ska-punk act from Tokyo, whose lyrics were blasted out in barely intelligible English and whose brassy ska horns were from another planet. Their sound was unique, but with similarities to bands like Screeching Weasel, Operation Ivy, and Bad Manners. Potshot's big pop sound was catchy and infectious, littered with "oohs" and "ahhs" to go with the standard ska cry of "Oi-Oi-Oi!" California-based Asian Man Records released their debut full-length, Pots and Shots, in...
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