Ska-core is a Boston stronghold, but beyond the might of the Mighty Mighty BossTones there is more. Since the mid 90’s Big D and the Kids Table (what a name!) have added their abilities to the genre and with their latest record out in late 2011 (and beating the new Mighty Mighty BossTones record by a month) they have made it big, at least for me. And, yes, even after about 1 month of listening it is already in my all-time fav list (but, cool down, that list is long, very long).
As a life-long BossTone supporter surrounded by an even more die-hard BossTone (Frosch, that is) and a wife that likes Dicky’s voice (and the music) it is a hard to judge, but not too hard (as i dig it 🙂 ). The band actualy states:
"For The Damned, The Dumb & The Delirious" is filled with driving ska-punk bangers, leaping off the stage thrash, seedy dub and topped off with a lot of that good ol’ fashion working class, Boston bar room beer toasting anthems. It’s gritty, bratty and raw – confident, witty and fun.
1977 – now this is tough! is it in true spirit of the 1979 2Tone revival of Ska in the UK? published by a cool lable – SideOneDummy is a cool lable with a cool rooster, yes! And, bonus, it is a double-12″!
found in a cool shop – Burnout Records in Hamburg (currently the best shop in town).
catching sound – yes, the beauty of the ska-rhythm paired with speedy guitars – perfect!not too bad words – the decisive one – seldom before i have seen a better explanation why a musician is the way he is and why he hangs on and on and on, go read yourself:
One day, I'll stop stealing beer from clubs, toilet paper, paper towels, light bulbs and even the cigarette stained rug One day, I'll stop hanging in the bars With the late-night punks and lousy women And all those toxic hangers on And did you know, Life is easier than they claim, When you ain't obsessed with fame, And the world knows you'll never be tamed When gasoline soaked, With an open zipo's flame, Livin' life is a no-rules game, And if I ever step in line - then I'm to blame. No, don't wait around for me, I'm stickin' to the first plan, It's workin' out for me No, don't wait around for me, There's still a mess of countries left that I haven't seen. Old friends have grown into American bodies, Have given up on their hobbies, And pull me aside and say "Don't you ever change." An old man, Take a seat next to me at the bar, And we find out who each other are, And pull me close and go "Don't you ever change." So don't wait around for me, I'm enjoying life too much, I'm self-made free Nah, don't wait around for me, Go ahead with your own life, But me.... I explode on mics, Dive on endless heads, Play with as much power to wake the living dead Why I don't fear, Adrenalize new heights, I'll make your Monday into fuckin' Saturday Night. No, don't wait around for me, I don't agree with the values and interests of society No, don't wait around for me, What a decrescendo, Huh? Humanity! No, don't wait around for me, To taste this whole world That's life for me No, don't wait around for me, Gotta do my own thing, I'm self-made free (c) 2011 Big D and the Kids Table
Could not find a real good video of this song, but nevermind, at least you can listen to it:
One a side note (dated 2012): The band is like a poor travling gypsy type of thing (and that means they live for the music, the don’t make a living from the music) and when word came around in Nov 2011 that fontman David McWane was diagnosed with Thyroid-Cancer a rush of support set in (for us over in EU we need to remind ourselves how health care, insurance and the hospital system works in the US – seldom people have full insurance cover) to offer support (and that also in hard $). It looks he is covered and able to pay the bills (or, have them paid by Mass Health) but if you feel it needs support:
See http://bigdandthekidstable.com/ and buy a T-Shirt or donate money.