One piece of this magical amalgam of Ska and punky New Wave goodness was singer Neville Staple. Neville has been keeping the spirit and nature of Ska, Rocksteady, and 2 Tone alive through his dynamite solo career.
Mike has been in the Ska and Punk game for a long time, and over the years, he has been one of the leading voices in combatting racism and sexism in not only the music business but throughout the world in general.
Led by Jason Hammon, whom I’ve got with us today, Dance Hall Crashers made 4 incredible Ska/Punk albums between 1989 and 1999. If you haven’t checked out Dance Hall Crashers, and you’re a fan of Ska/Punk- you’re truly missing out.
To call the Hub City Stompers a “Ska band” is really doing them sort of an injustice, because in reality they are so much more. Their music infuses Oi!, Reggae, Punk, Jazz, Hip-Hop and more. It’s truly an amalgamation of so many genres, blended together to form the magical sound that is Hub City Stompers
For me, Punk has always been a state of mind. Anyone can be a Punk. You don’t have to wear leather or chains. That being said, you can if you want. I suppose what I’m getting at is that Punk is whatever you want it to be. It’s a personal thing. Ska/Punk is even more so, at least, for me it is.
Ska is a category misunderstood by many. This is especially true amongst people from my generation (millennials) who grew up when “Third Wave Ska” filled the airwaves.