The quick upstroke on a guitar, fueled by a rapid drum beat are signatures of the modern movement of ska, having originated in Jamaica with a more calypso feel, modernized and punked up in the late 80’s and early 90’s with bands Operation Ivy, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Save Ferris, No Doubt, and of course, Rancid.
The Interrupters, laden in groove-heavy beats, have a mix of both old and new, with horns accompanying on songs, almost giving a big-band feel like The Specials and Madness, but then cut through like a punk-razorblade with vocalist Aimee Interrupter (Aimee Allen), in the best way possible.
The album is filled with danceable tracks to keep a party going all night long; from the rock-driven opener “Take Back The Power”, the punk anti-government rant “Can’t Be Trusted”, rockabilly fused “Liberty”, the dark, anthemic “This Is The New Sound”, and spiritual healing “Easy On You”. Producer, and friend to the band, Rancid’s Tim Armstrong makes an appearance singing on the lighthearted “Family”.
The songs may come from the debut of the quartet, but founding members Aimee Interrupter and guitarist Kevin Bivona have been on the scene for quite some time; Bivona plays with Armstrong, along with Blink-182’s Travis Barker and singer/rapper “Skinhead Rob” Aston, in Transplants, and Aimee Interrupter co-wrote Unwritten Law’s Here’s To The Mourning with lead singer Scott Russo. Bivona brought in his twin brothers, Justin and Jesse, to round out the quartet.
Catchy hooks and party anthem tunes fill the debut album for The Interrupters, which is out now on Hellcat Records. Currently, they are on tour opening for The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, and we are sure to hear a lot more from them, and about them, as they have solidified their place in the ska/punk genre.