13 Songs

EDITORS’ NOTES

Between vocalist Aimee Allen and her bandmates (three brothers), The Interrupters have worked with the likes of Sugar Ray, Jimmy Cliff, Tim Armstrong, Black Eyed Peas, and others. Their bona fides in the pop-rock-ska arena are solid, and it shows on this debut collection of rock-edged, ska-hearted tunes. Allen’s voice has a commanding, Joan Jett–style quality, and it’s the perfect playground chum for the band’s bouncing basslines, hopscotching snares, and rapid-fire guitar. The Interrupters’ sound is nothing new (think Rancid, Sublime, etc.), and some tunes here, like “White Noise,” may feel a bit too familiar to really strike a chord. But their interpretations of songs like the ‘80s pop gem “The Metro” and the first Bob Marley single ever recorded, “Judge Not,” are welcome and memorable surprises. Amid the perfectly skank-able, fresh-sounding originals (the punky “Can’t Be Trusted,” the sweet “Friend Like Me,” the shout-along gem “Family,” with Tim Armstrong), a few tunes rock the roof off: the light-speed “Liberty” and the stadium-ready anthem “Take the Power” give a swift, Doc Marten–clad kick to the gut.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Between vocalist Aimee Allen and her bandmates (three brothers), The Interrupters have worked with the likes of Sugar Ray, Jimmy Cliff, Tim Armstrong, Black Eyed Peas, and others. Their bona fides in the pop-rock-ska arena are solid, and it shows on this debut collection of rock-edged, ska-hearted tunes. Allen’s voice has a commanding, Joan Jett–style quality, and it’s the perfect playground chum for the band’s bouncing basslines, hopscotching snares, and rapid-fire guitar. The Interrupters’ sound is nothing new (think Rancid, Sublime, etc.), and some tunes here, like “White Noise,” may feel a bit too familiar to really strike a chord. But their interpretations of songs like the ‘80s pop gem “The Metro” and the first Bob Marley single ever recorded, “Judge Not,” are welcome and memorable surprises. Amid the perfectly skank-able, fresh-sounding originals (the punky “Can’t Be Trusted,” the sweet “Friend Like Me,” the shout-along gem “Family,” with Tim Armstrong), a few tunes rock the roof off: the light-speed “Liberty” and the stadium-ready anthem “Take the Power” give a swift, Doc Marten–clad kick to the gut.

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About The Interrupters

Rollicking California ska-punk band the Interrupters are yet another example of how the uptempo variation on the classic Jamaican sound remains a perennial favorite on the West Coast. The Interrupters feature Aimee Interrupter, aka Aimee Allen, on lead vocals; Kevin Bivona on guitar; Justin Bivona on bass; and Jesse Bivona on drums. Prior to joining the Interrupters, Allen had an eclectic career in pop music: she sang the song "Cooties" on the soundtrack to the musical remake of John Waters' Hairspray; she released a collaborative album with Scott Russo of Unwritten Law under the name Scott & Aimee; she appeared on recordings by Jimmy Cliff, the Black Eyed Peas, and Sublime with Rome; and she recorded an unreleased album for Elektra Records that was produced by Mark Ronson and Don Gilmore. Her solo debut, A Little Happiness, was released in 2009. Meanwhile, guitarist Kevin Bivona has also had a successful career as a recording engineer; he's worked in the studio with Paul Wall, +44, Dirt Nasty, and the Cool Kids, as well as performing with Travis Barker, Jimmy Cliff, the Transplants, and Yelawolf. And Kevin's siblings Justin Bivona and Jesse Bivona were the touring rhythm section for Sugar Ray during live dates from 2011 to 2013. Aimee and Kevin began working together when they were both part of Tim Timebomb and Friends, a solo project in which Tim Armstrong of Rancid recorded and toured with a rotating cast of musicians. The Tim Timebomb sessions led to Allen and Bivona teaming with Kevin's brothers and forming the Interrupters. Tim Armstrong was impressed enough with the new band that he not only signed the band to his Hellcat Records label, but also offered to produce their debut album. The group's self-titled LP arrived in August 2014. The Interrupters and Armstrong returned to the studio to record the band's second album, Say It Out Loud, which was released in June 2016. ~ Mark Deming

  • ORIGIN
    Los Angeles, CA
  • FORMED
    2011

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