Our tribute series is now in it's eighth year but there is still a massive rich vein of Ska willing to work with us for the first time
Below are bands from all over the world that will be making their Specialized debuts on Check One 2
Rico Rodriguez – That Man Is Forward
This mischievous rabble from London have been causing mischief since school, spreading their contagious horn driven ska anthems across the UK, mainland Europe and beyond.
Chainska Brassika are firm party favourites, getting crowds rocking from Glastonbury to Nottinghill Carnival, Rototom Sunplash to Outlook – and even touring the island of Jamaica. Well known for regularly opening for UK ska legends Madness, Chainska are at the forefront of the new UK ska movement with their crazy live show seeing them perform regularly on europe’s biggest stages.
The Scotch Bonnets
The Bodysnatchers – Ruder Than You
Punky reggae rockers from Baltimore whose infectious energy keeps the party jumping all night, the crew is fearlessly lead by singer-guitarist Kristin Forbes aka Lady Hatchet.
Bad Manners – Special Brew
The Porkers are an infamous, energetic band from Newcastle Australia that play a frantic mix of Jamaican ska & reggae infused with thumping punk rock.
The Porkers story started in 1985, in the East coast Australian city of Newcastle, 2 rude boys, Pete and Sean decide in a drunken stupor, after the demise of some of their favourite Australian ska bands, that they would start a band. The fact that neither of them could play an instrument didn’t seem like an obstacle, and they set out to find local musicians to back their all-singing, all-dancing show. Laterly they were invited to play Vans Warped in Australia and accept the invitation to appear at Vans Warped USA, appearing alongside Eminem, Ice T, Blink 182, Black Eyed Peas, etc.
Play to a full house at Bostons ‘Middle East club’ with the Slackers and Bim Skala Bim. (BTW, Bim Skala Bim will also be appearing on Check One 2)
The Beat – Mirror in the Bathroom
Gruppo Sportivo are a Dutch pop band, from The Hague, formed in 1976, who enjoyed international success in the late 1970s and 1980s. They had hit songs with “Hey Girl”, “Beep Beep Love”, “Tokyo (I’m On My Way)”, “Disco Really Made It” and “Rock ‘n’ Roll”. The frontman of the band, and writer of the material, is Hans Vandenburg. The band broke up in 2013. In 2018 a reunion was announced consisting of a tour and a new album called “Great”, which was released to critical acclaim in April 2018.
Elvis Costello – I Can’t Stand Up for Falling Down
Top skanking soulful vibes from The Tremolites with their bluebeat and ska inspired good times sounds to make your feet dance. A new 8 piece Reggae & Ska band with a whole lotta Soul. Writing original songs and covering some old well chosen covers and adapting them to The Tremolites style. In a very short time they have appeared live on Robert Elms’s show on BBC Radio London and also had their new cd ‘The T-ONE’ played on Joanne Good’s show on the same station. The band members have a lot of experience having played all around the world with artists such as The Lee Thompson Ska Orchestra, The James Hunter Six, Paul Lamb & The Kingsnakes, and many more!
Smiley and The Underclass
UB40 – King
Smiley and The Underclass emerged two years ago from the melting pot of West London’s Ladbroke Grove as the
sound of 21st Century multicultural London. Echoing the rebellious call to arms of The Clash and Dylan, infused with the bass-heavy vibrations of Jamaican sound system culture, Smiley sings the revolution blues with a burning fire largely missing from today’s music scene.
J. Navarro & the Traitors
The Specials – Ghost Town
J. Navarro & the Traitors began as a conversation between Jay Navarro (The Suicide Machines, Break Anchor, Hellmouth) and Eric Abbey (1592) about music that they had always played and never played together. From sharing the stage together in the early 1990s and 2000s they wanted to write and play music that they loved. So they took the idea and started writing, focusing on the reggae and Two-Tone sound that had been missing from the Detroit scene. With four songs written they needed a band. Together they ran down the list of musicians they knew and found the best ones for the job. Ken Haas (Polka Floyd, Reverend Guitars), joined on lead guitar, Scott Vesey (Trace the Veins) joined up on bass, Jason Millbauer (Bad Assets) joined in on drums, and Steve Kachnowski (Telegraph) joined on trombone. Together they created the type of music that Navarro and Abbey heard in their heads and the band was born. A collection of songs that showcases the feeling of Detroit and the struggles going on throughout the world are showcased on their debut release.
The Swinging Cats – Away
The Fuss is a dynamic ska, rocksteady, and early reggae band from Washington, D.C. Their sound pays tribute to the music of 1960’s Jamaica and the British Mod scene, while putting modern slant on these timeless styles. Since the band formed in 2014 and they’ve had the pleasure of sharing the stage with bands such as The Skatalites, The Toasters, The Pietasters, Eastern Standard Time, The Interrupters, Save Ferris, Steady 45’s, and many more.
The Fuss’s first full-length album “Ourselves” is now available on LP, CD, and Cassette
Sea Bass Kid
The Higsons – Tear the whole thing down
With two albums and a six track EP under their belt, Sea Bass Kid are a multi-cultural eight piece band from Edinburgh who play an infectious mix of dancing styles, Skariachi and Spaghetti Eastern!
The Selecter – Murder
The 6 piece band, Chango Munks, based in Edinburgh perform a combination of fast paced, high energy Ska/Punk/Rock.. They are fortunate enough to represent a number of nationalities including: Flemish, Basque, Italian/Colombian/Sri Lankan (and Scottish). The band released their first 4 track E.P. [Live Session] in November of 2018, and plan to release further material in early spring of 2019.
Orquestra Brasileira de Música Jamaicana
The Ghost Girl from Ipanema
From São Paulo The Brazilian Orchestra of Jamaican Music was formed by the musician and producer Sérgio Soffiatti and the trumpeter Felippe Pipette in 2005 and eventually became a full band in 2008.
Alternivtly know as OFBMJ, they are a Big Band that play Brazilian classics in a ska style
The Specials – A Message to You
Formed in 1995 The Bishops are Omaha’s award-winning, ska/rocksteady/reggae veterans. Bringing the rump-shaking jams for the better part of twenty years.
The Specials – Dawning of a New Era
With a little more than a year of live shows under their belts and already landing the 3rd spot on a 17 track Ska Brewing Compilation, BoomTown United are hard at work recording their debut album. Based out of St Louis, Missouri, Boomtown United is quickly growing into St. Louis’s premier ska collective. With horn driven and harmony-laced songs, their catalog is overflowing with an innovative sound that is captivating audiences everywhere they play. Compiled of veterans from all over the StL ska and reggae scene, Boomtown United bring an energy that is both refreshing and therapeutic!
The Selecter – Everyday
With an eye for the Jamaican rhythms and the SKA and Rocksteady of the 60s Olly Riva and Massa degli Shandon are a fantastic new band from Milan. Also in the band are Jack Giacalone (The Soulrockets) and Dimitri (The Raggavibes). A combo of 4 musicians writing upbeat, new ska classics, a touch of theatricality and experience to sell .. the show is guaranteed.
New Lion Ska
The Specials – Little Bitch
From Monterrey, capital of the northeastern Mexican state of Nuevo León come New Lion Ska. They are a seven piece band creating new ska amid the thriving Latin American Ska scene
The Specials – Stereotypes
Subject A are a studio project by Dean Sartain and Erin Bardwell. Bringing together guest musicians from Pop a Top records to create rich dub mixes.
The Specials – Do Nothing
Eloise Berry is a an outstanding vocalist from Leicestershire. She has shared stages with some legends of Ska and Reggae and those of you who attended The Big One 7 may remember this stunning version of Silly Games. Eloise will be back by The Pressure Tenants
Bad Manners – Here Comes the Major
Napoleon Solo were formed in the summer of 1984 by eight youngsters living in Copenhagen playing their first gig that year. The unique blend of Sixties-influenced soul, R&B, Jamaican ska and British Two-Tone proved to be a great success from the very beginning. In 1989 Napoleon Solo released their first album ”Shot!”, which was published by Vielklang/Pork Pie in Germany and by Bluebeat Records in the UK. Once again the band toured both Germany and England. The following year, the band went back to Germany, with a changed lineup, and played seven sweaty concerts from Hamburg to Münich. The band broke up in 1992 but was reunited in 1996 and played with different lineups until 1999. In March 2009 Napoleon Solo was reunited with the original lineup for the first time in 10 years.Napoleon Solo has always been known to deliver a lively performance with a fresh attitude. Always sharply dressed.
The Specials – Nite Klub
Vieja Skina formed 10 years ago in Peru Peru. Traditional ska fused with jazz and Afro-Peruvian nuances.
The debut album, Ayahuaska (2012), was considered the second best ska album of 2012 by Reggae Steady Ska magazine.
BigMandrake formed in 2011 by pioneering musicians of the Venezuelan ska scene. A finely blended fusion of Ska, Punk, Rock, and the Caribbean
Check One 2 a tribute to the spirit of 79 will be ready in late summer 2019.
It will be a four-disc CD boxset of 70 tracks directly from or encouraged by Two Tone Records