Re: [ProgAndOther] Reel Big Fish
- I am not much of a Ska fan, but must admit that the few times I have seen ska bands in bars the shows were usually a lot of fun. Not realy familiar with Reel Big Fish, but there is a band called Mustard Plug that used to play our area a lot and I have seen them a couple of times. Never felt compelled to buy an album, but in a live environment they were a blast.Steve Sly
From: biceeichler <eichler2@...>
To: ProgAndOther <ProgAndOther@yahoogroups.com>
Sent: Wed, Jul 17, 2013 7:28 am
Subject: [ProgAndOther] Reel Big Fish
I took the family on vacation to Ocean City, MD last week, and while driving down the main drag one afternoon, my wife said "Don't you like that band Reel Big Fish"? I asked why, and she said "Because the sign outside that bar we just passed says they're playing there tonight".
So I went back that night, and sure enough the band who had a minor hit in the mid-90s with "Sell Out" was playing in the nightclub of Seacrets in Ocean City. I bought a ticket, waited out the opening band (a reggea themed jam band called "Lionz of Zion") and ended up seeing one of the best "bar band" peformances I've ever seen. This one ranked up there with seeing Cheap Trick in a little bar in Lancaster, PA and the handful of times I saw Kansas in tiny places.
RBF is by no means a prog band - they describe themselves as "ska", a cross between reggea and punk with a big horn section. The band line-up seems to vary, but at the show I saw they had guitar, bass and drums with trumpet, sax and two trombone players.
Amazing energy - they had the crowd bouncing and dancing all night. And they have a huge sense of humor - the guitarist/vocalist was making jokes all night, and everyone in the band chipped in something funny at some point. Most of their songs are about being in a band, why you shouldn't try to start a band, finding success, selling out, putting up with idiots at shows, fans putting up with egocentric musicans, etc. Plus lots of songs about women and beer. And tons of profanity and dirty talk.
I definitely recommend going to see them if you're not easily offended. Normally it's not a style of music that I'd see myself enjoying, but this was a fantastic show. Just don't stand right down front, because it gets a bit rowdy. I got there early so I had a nice vantage point from an elevated bar off to the left side
of the stage, but I saw security pull at least half a dozen drunken idiots out of the "mosh pit" area.
They were selling their recent CDs really cheap at the show, so I bought a bunch. There's an album of cover songs done ska style called "Fame, Fortune and Fornication" - that one's probably my least favorite of the bunch. The studio albums "Monkeys For Nothing and Chimps for Free" and "Candy Coated Fury" are both good. But the one I've been listening to the most is the live set "Our Live Album is Better Than Your Live Album", which has two CDs plus a DVD. I bought that entire lot for $30, and the merch table guy seemed surprised that anyone would spend that much money. Good stuff.