Squad - Demo Tape
MC's Hanging High on the Noose
So here I am, sitting on the computer and I get one of those
random ICQ messages. (If you use ICQ you should know what
I am talking about). Anyways, this guy wants to know if I
like ska. Personally I am not a big fan, but some of it is
pretty good. I talk to him a bit, and he asks if I want a
copy of his band's tape. I said sure, who can pass up free
stuff? (note: this was before Music-Critic.com ever started).
I am happy I said yes.
guys have become one of my favorite ska bands. Yes, I know
I don't have an expansive collection, but they are still damn
cool. They have a different approach than some others, including
a rap style in some tracks which actually works quite well.
I only wish they could get signed, since they deserve it.
They kickass for some dudes from Florida =)
keep it real, and are one of my favorite aspects about the
band. The stories are sometimes serious, though mostly just
damn funny. One of the best tracks is "Something in the
Way" which is basically about the frustrations a man
must endure when it is his woman's time of the month. "There's
something in the way" - you can figure out what it is.
I like how they took parts of the Nirvana song of the same
title, added some ska and some old-skool rap style to make
the song totally their own. Other great lyrics can be found
everywhere on the tape, especially in "Yo Mama"
and "Friendleaver." Eric Best has an excellent voice
that comes through whenever it is necessary - crisp and clear.
The backup vocals are in the classic ska chorus style. I am
going to be quiet now, I love the vocals - ok?
backs up well, but it could use a few more horns. In order
to totally kick ass in the ska arena they need a trombone
player and / or trumpet player.
The saxophone is great, I am impressed by the style and riffs
there (especially in "Polyester", but it just sounds
weak in the back - my only complaint. The guitar is classic
ska upbeats and there are funky basslines stuck in here and
there, especially in the rap sections.
Since this is just a demo
tape, I would feel awkward giving it a turntable rating. It
can't be as perfectly produced or as high sound quality as
a CD, but it still does sound great. I would love to hear
some stuff done by a label, we will have to see. Word is that
they are working on new material. Eric is going to keep me
posted, so I will let you know what is up.