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Like fried chicken and waffles, nobody expected third-wave ska and gargantuan heavy metal guitars to go so well together. With its ninth studio album, the Boston octet proves its music has the shelf life of a Twinkie. The first cut, “The Daylight,” opens on crunchy post-grunge guitar distortion, gang vocals, and wall-to-wall brass. That wide-angle horn section takes a more prominent role in the catchy “Like a Shotgun” before singer Dicky Barrett offers rough, whispery inflections in “Disappearing,” sounding a little like Social Distortion's Mike Ness. If you’re looking for more traditional ska rhythms, check out the upbeat “Sunday Afternoons on Wisdom Ave.,” which bounces with all the pick-it-up/pick-it-up gusto of early-'90s Orange County, Calif. Another album standout surfaces in “The Upper Hand,” a Clash-flavored number boasting stellar bass parts by Joe Gittleman.

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It's a really solid bosstones album and the PERFECT follow up to Pin Points & Gin Joints. A great, dancable, gift for yourself or someone you love. PLAY AT MAXIMUM VOLUME.


This is another jem from the BoSstones. Can't wait to hear them live!

If you like good music ...

You're going to LOVE this album!! Buy it and support the greatest band in the world. SEVEN THIRTY SEVEN!!!!!!


Formed: 1985 in Boston, MA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

A great deal of the groundwork for the mid- to late-'90s explosion of ska and ska-metal was laid by the Mighty Mighty Bosstones, who were one of the first bands to cross high-energy ska with hardcore punk and heavy metal and who also helped shift its tone toward testosterone-filled party music. The Bosstones built up a devoted cult following throughout their career, but their level of commercial success never quite matched that of more pop-oriented third wave ska bands, like No Doubt and Sublime,...
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