Big D and the Kids Table
Stomp


4.0
excellent

Review

by Thompson D. Gerhart STAFF
July 1st, 2013 | 15 replies | 3,489 views


Release Date: 06/11/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Skank on, true ska fans!

If you look around at what's left of ska, it's easy to see that most of the artists we describe as great reach the heights they reach because they've outgrown the checkered white and black pants they started in and expanded their wardrobe. Sure, they keep the horns around and they play some of their early third wave songs, but is anyone really going to skank to The Hands That Thieve or ...And The Battle Begun? Big D and the Kids Table are no exception, either, with Fluent In Stroll reinventing the ska game in yet another branch extending from the rapidly thinning and decaying third wave ska tree. It really does seem like evolve or die is the law of the ska land. And if there was any curiosity left to the contrary, you'd think that the terrible failure of Big D's attempt at a third wave revival in For the Damned, the Dumb, and the Delirious put the nail in the coffin.

Yet, somehow, we're gifted with Stomp - an album that brings back the true aspect of punk that "ska punk" has been missing while blending it with enough surf rock influence, goofy, rapid lyrics, and unabashed horn-fueled fun to make it one of the best core ska releases to grace the modern day. Think about that first time you played Tony Hawk's Pro Skater and heard Goldfinger's "Superman" - that's what I'm taking about here: ska tracks that just make you picture people hanging out, grinding rails in the sun and laughing about it with a drink afterward. Everything here pulls back to that fun original spirit of ska that's almost been lost in the depth and progression of its top artists and it's a welcome return.

Maybe it all goes back to the prominence of upstroked guitar chords. Maybe it goes back to the fast, punk-based tempo. Or maybe it's the brass taking on more of a big band sound than the Latin tones we've come to hear more and more of. Whatever the case may be, the upbeat, memorable choruses of songs like "Pitch 'n' Sway" and "Social Muckary" drive Stomp to success on the basis of a polished, true-to-its-roots ska sound that's all but extinct in music today.

Of course, even though true-to-ska-punk approach is Stomp's primary selling point, much like predecessor Strictly Rude, it's shining star is an out-of-norm, particularly polished and upbeat track. While Strictly Rude introduced stroll to the world with "Shining On," Stomp gives us "Pinball," which stops short of reinventing things and just provides one of the most laid back and positive summer tracks we're likely to hear for some time. The song may be a bit deeper than the rest of the album (well, deeper than yelling about some guy named Terry who apparently can't spell properly while tattooing people) and it shows a songwriting maturity that we usually equate with elevating a ska band beyond the genre trappings.

But it's a shining star that stands apart from a collection of other pretty great-looking celestial bodies. Sure, this isn't a defining or reinventing album, but it's one you're going to want to listen to over and over again if you're a fan of ska music. Maybe that sounds a little simple, but sometimes enjoying music is a little easier than sitting in your basement obsessing over finding the next mind-blowing band with big ear-obscuring headphones on. With Stomp Big D and the Kids Table have given the raceflag-apparel sporting few something great to drive along to all summer long and in my book, that's something worth celebrating.

So skank on, true ska fans! You deserve at least one album like this every blue moon.



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AtomicWaste
Staff Reviewer
July 1st 2013



1981 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Since when do I listen to this much ska? If you've ever seen user DinosaurJones, you can blame him. He introduced me to ska when we were roommates by playing it all the time in exchange for my death metal findings. He also introduced me to Sputnik.

'Lil history lesson with your review that will likely only be read by a select few. Enjoy!

Digging: Rx Bandits - Gemini, Her Majesty

Spec
July 1st 2013



27053 Comments


These guys are so much fun.

AtomicWaste
Staff Reviewer
July 1st 2013



1981 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

When they're doin' it right, I really love 'em. These two most recent albums are just great. I don't know what happened with For the Damned, the Dumb, and the Delirious, but I can forgive it if they keep the ball rolling like this.

Crawl
July 1st 2013



1551 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I actually like this much more than Stroll. I hate those female vocals on Stroll.

Omaha
Staff Reviewer
July 1st 2013



9997 Comments


You and DinosaurJones were roommates? I've seen him around on here, that's so cool.

And great review, man. I particularly loved this line:

Think about that first time you played Tony Hawk's Pro Skater and heard Goldfinger's "Superman" - that's what I'm taking about here: ska tracks that just make you picture people hanging out, grinding rails in the sun and laughing about it with a drink afterward.


Because that is exactly what I always pictured upon hearing that track as well! Man, good estimation. You have a knack for writing very simply while still having an important voice, and that's one skill I haven't quite been able to muster.



Digging: Deniro Farrar - Rebirth

SabertoothMonocle
July 1st 2013



493 Comments


Saw them yesterday. Met the trombonist. Good times, great weed

AtomicWaste
Staff Reviewer
July 1st 2013



1981 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Crawl - I guess not everybody digs the female vocalists (though I love them). Glad you dig this one!

Jacob - Thanks, man! I think "Superman" has a quintessential ska feeling everyone knows at this point lol.

Yeah DinosaurJones is one of my best friends irl. We lived together sophomore year and we've been bros since Freshman year. If you ever see the elusive CaptWaffles, we've known each other since 2nd grade haha.

DinosaurJones
July 1st 2013



490 Comments


DEAL WITH IT

Spec
July 1st 2013



27053 Comments


I was looking for the pos button and was like wtf! Then I scrolled up...

DinosaurJones
July 1st 2013



490 Comments


Also, I am pleased with both albums. No ratings yet, but both are probably solid 4-4.5s.

I'm glad they rebounded after the weak "DDD."

AtomicWaste
Staff Reviewer
July 1st 2013



1981 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Agreed, man, I was really pretty pleasantly surprised!

@Spec - Heh. Yup, they took that button away for us contrib folks. I appreciate the thought, though!

DinosaurJones
July 1st 2013



490 Comments


We should fill the comments sections of all of our reviews with our inside jokes. Do we really even have inside jokes?

'A!

YOU KNOW WHAT THE APOSTROPHE STANDS FOR.

AtomicWaste
Staff Reviewer
July 1st 2013



1981 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

GC, sirdy sir. The apostrophe stands for fuckin'!

WHO IS THE GREATEST QUARTERBACK OF ALL TIME AND WHAT IS THERE FOUR MORE YEARS OF?

DinosaurJones
July 2nd 2013



490 Comments


MARTY DOUCHEBAG! FOUR MORE YEARS! FOUR MORE YEARS!

SkaCali1991
December 5th 2013



414 Comments


These guys are really fun had a good time especially with Shit Tattoos



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