Ska, Rocksteady and Reggae |OT| Ska Came First

Oct 25, 2017
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Hello Ska, Rocksteady and Reggae fan(s)! If you're new to the genres, here is a video that will explain everything you need to know about the differences:


Now that we have that out of the way, let's listen to some great music. Share your favorite bands and tracks. In a previous thread I made on the subject I liked to post recent albums that have come out to share all the great stuff that still comes out. Ska didn't totally die in the 90's. I have a Spotify playlist of Ska music if anyone is interested that I try to keep updated as well with new music: https://open.spotify.com/user/mrjellybean/playlist/0k0IzxO0SAmBmKcRwAgZLw. Whether you love, hate or never listened to these genres, I hope you'll find something new to enjoy.

I guess I'll start were I left off and share some newer albums I've been enjoying.

Bottle of Moonshine - Time Will Tell EP

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/1Aa153VlFFNdGTbiq8dgFs


Burnt - Majestic Walrus

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/7jPrjpx2VWf0U2UdiahjwA
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sJL1V7L8VbA

The Expanders - Old Time Something Come Back Again, Vol. 2

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/0FXGkQ0zWS2JuciZgMtYN4
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ynTHQ0l1Ct4

Gramophone Allstars - Maraca Soul

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/6375g0eJKvaeQPhKz8P7WZ
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qfIMbaZSw4M

Soweto - Turn on the Music Again

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/1MbdcPUH4Lf4aU5yEVg4R6
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WGVkGffHyQM

GAF Ska Thread
https://www.neogaf.com/threads/lets-listen-to-ska.461405/

Anyone that's a fan of the Ska Punk side of the genre, be sure to check out Era's Punk OT here:
https://www.resetera.com/threads/punkera-ot-you-bet-weve-got-something-personal-against-you.2924/
 
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Wow, great idea. Would it be ok if we also talk about newer third wave stuff (Mustard Plug are touring again) and even Crack Rocksteady (just got the new Dead Rejects CD)?
 
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Wow, great idea. Would it be ok if we also talk about newer third wave stuff (Mustard Plug are touring again) and even Crack Rocksteady (just got the new Dead Rejects CD)?
For sure. All styles are welcome. I usually listen to more traditional style stuff, but I still love the third wave stuff too. Would be great to have some people who keep up with those new releases to post here too.
 
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Ah nice.

I was actually at a Lightyear gig last Saturday, which was like all Lightyear gigs a brilliant evening.

Lightyear were one of my favourite ska-punk bands from the early 2000s and they were always very good live. They've recently started touring again (with less nudity but more panto horse than I remember) and they're also talking about a new album and trying to fund a documentary on the UK punk scene of their era through pledge music.

 
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Ah nice.

I was actually at a Lightyear gig last Saturday, which was like all Lightyear gigs a brilliant evening.

Lightyear were one of my favourite ska-punk bands from the early 2000s and they were always very good live. They've recently started touring again (with less nudity but more panto horse than I remember) and they're also talking about a new album and trying to fund a documentary on the UK punk scene of their era through pledge music.
That sounds great, I've never heard of them, I'll keep an eye on them from now on!

Here's a song off the Dead Rejects record. I fucking love it. Be aware, that's Crack Rocksteady, so it might be a bit too punky or crusty for you. Nevertheless, check them out:


Now this is my favorite Ska-Punk and certainly one of my favortie bands of all time: The Impossibles.
Unfortunately, they never got the fame they earned. They were one of the first bands signed to Fueled by Ramen (Paramore, The Front Bottoms) but they never made it. They split up long ago, reunited for a couple of shows a few years back. This is a live video from their last show before their break up. I've skipped the first half of the show because they started with their newest record which is mainly pure punkrock (it's great but this is a ska thread ;). They are often described as Operation Ivy meets Weezer and I think that fits them perfectly:

 
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Ah nice.

I was actually at a Lightyear gig last Saturday, which was like all Lightyear gigs a brilliant evening.

Lightyear were one of my favourite ska-punk bands from the early 2000s and they were always very good live. They've recently started touring again (with less nudity but more panto horse than I remember) and they're also talking about a new album and trying to fund a documentary on the UK punk scene of their era through pledge music.
Thanks for sharing. I dig it. Just listening to their album Chris Gentlemens Hairdresser and Railway Book Shop right now. I'll be sure to keep an eye out for their new album if put on out.

That sounds great, I've never heard of them, I'll keep an eye on them from now on!

Here's a song off the Dead Rejects record. I fucking love it. Be aware, that's Crack Rocksteady, so it might be a bit too punky or crusty for you. Nevertheless, check them out:

Now this is my favorite Ska-Punk and certainly one of my favortie bands of all time: The Impossibles.
Unfortunately, they never got the fame they earned. They were one of the first bands signed to Fueled by Ramen (Paramore, The Front Bottoms) but they never made it. They split up long ago, reunited for a couple of shows a few years back. This is a live video from their last show before their break up. I've skipped the first half of the show because they started with their newest record which is mainly pure punkrock (it's great but this is a ska thread ;). They are often described as Operation Ivy meets Weezer and I think that fits them perfectly:
Liking the Dead Rejects song. Will check out an album of theirs after listen to Lightyear. Haven't listened to too much Crack Rocksteady, but I do like the usuals like Chocking Victim, Leftover Crack and Star Fucking Hipsters.

Love The Impossibles. Anthology was a favorite me and my friends. Was lucky to see them live at The Globe in Milwaukee in the early 2000s. They put on a great show. Would love to see a new album from them.
 

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Yay! The Ska thread made it over. I've been listening to The Holophonics' MaSKArades for the last few hours.

Also, I've gotten into listening to the Asian Man Records Catalog on Apple Music since I found one of their old comps (Mailorder for the Masses) on there. Stuff like All Against Authority, The Chinkees, and Link 80.
 
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Yay! The Ska thread made it over. I've been listening to The Holophonics' MaSKArades for the last few hours.

Also, I've gotten into listening to the Asian Man Records Catalog on Apple Music since I found one of their old comps (Mailorder for the Masses) on there. Stuff like All Against Authority, The Chinkees, and Link 80.
Had to make the Ska thread again and share all the sweet music. Good to see at least one person come over from the other thread. Wasn't sure if any of the few that visited were going to make the jump.

The Holophonics have some great covers. I like their Vol. 10 Video Game covers album. Some good stuff there. https://theholophonics.bandcamp.com/album/maskarades-vol-x-video-games
Love Asian Man records and Mike Park is a great person. Be sure to check out Mailorder is Fun! as well. That was the one I always used to listen to. Pretty sure it has a lot of the same bands as Mailorder for the Masses.
 

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Had to make the Ska thread again and share all the sweet music. Good to see at least one person come over from the other thread. Wasn't sure if any of the few that visited were going to make the jump.

The Holophonics have some great covers. I like their Vol. 10 Video Game covers album. Some good stuff there. https://theholophonics.bandcamp.com/album/maskarades-vol-x-video-games
Love Asian Man records and Mike Park is a great person. Be sure to check out Mailorder is Fun! as well. That was the one I always used to listen to. Pretty sure it has a lot of the same bands as Mailorder for the Masses.
Yeah, I heard that one. I wish it was a bit longer, but I loved their cover of "Green Hill Zone." I might try and make it my ringtone. Probably to finally replace my ska cover of "Cruel Angel Thesis."

Mailorder for the Masses was one of the CDs I listened to on a loop for almost an entire Summer after I bought it for $1 at Warped Tour in 2002. So that album has some serious nostalgia for me. I do need to listen to more Mailorder is Fun though.
 
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Yay! The Ska thread made it over. I've been listening to The Holophonics' MaSKArades for the last few hours.

Also, I've gotten into listening to the Asian Man Records Catalog on Apple Music since I found one of their old comps (Mailorder for the Masses) on there. Stuff like All Against Authority, The Chinkees, and Link 80.
I remember quite liking Link 80's split with Capdown.
 
Oct 27, 2017
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I never really posted in the old thread, but I was always appreciative of all the recommendations you made Wired All Wrong. I still feel bad that I haven't really got into a new ska band in so long, but I was glad that I still really liked the Less Than Jake EP that came out earlier this year. They're still my favorite band after all these years.
 
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I never really posted in the old thread, but I was always appreciative of all the recommendations you made Wired All Wrong. I still feel bad that I haven't really got into a new ska band in so long, but I was glad that I still really liked the Less Than Jake EP that came out earlier this year. They're still my favorite band after all these years.
Thanks, the thelongestj. Hope you'll find some new bands to get into this time around. I'll also try to post some older stuff that others might not know about instead of mostly sticking to newer stuff. Maybe do a Throwback Thursday kind of thing or something.

Really happy to see some lurkers from the last thread enjoyed the thread. Last one lasted 5 years and here's to at least another 5!
 
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I never really posted in the old thread, but I was always appreciative of all the recommendations you made Wired All Wrong. I still feel bad that I haven't really got into a new ska band in so long, but I was glad that I still really liked the Less Than Jake EP that came out earlier this year. They're still my favorite band after all these years.
Yeah, it feels like there haven't been too many new ska bands lately. But I'm thankful Less than Jake is still touring and stuff. Ska really is dead.
 
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Hey guys!, i love Ska... anyone has any links to bouncy Ska such as this?
You'd probably like the new Supervillains album. Really upbeat album.
Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/5tNQBbbRsvoCDgJA8WA91T

The Stiff Joints album "First Proper Album" is really good too.
Spotffy: https://open.spotify.com/album/2cYx2A9xDUSbW4PvtlAYtj

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Edit: Another good one would be Kemuri's newest album. Super upbeat Japanese ska band.
Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/6GdZAqmgqE7QOwOx5dwcCU
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z09ZHk0sbiI
 
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You'd probably like the new Supervillains album. Really upbeat album.
Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/5tNQBbbRsvoCDgJA8WA91T

The Stiff Joints album "First Proper Album" is really good too.
Spotffy: https://open.spotify.com/album/2cYx2A9xDUSbW4PvtlAYtj

Edit: Another good one would be Kemuri's newest album. Super upbeat Japanese ska band.
Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/6GdZAqmgqE7QOwOx5dwcCU
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z09ZHk0sbiI[/QUOTE]
Thank you for the recs!, yup that is exactly what i was looking for!
 
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Thanks, the thelongestj. Hope you'll find some new bands to get into this time around. I'll also try to post some older stuff that others might not know about instead of mostly sticking to newer stuff. Maybe do a Throwback Thursday kind of thing or something.

Really happy to see some lurkers from the last thread enjoyed the thread. Last one lasted 5 years and here's to at least another 5!
Well I think I found Kill Lincoln from your recommendations and I really like their Good Riddance EP so I would like to thank you for that. I think one of my big problems with the newer ska bands is not liking the vocals. I would like either something soulful like Glen in The Slackers or Obi from Westbound Train or The Aggrolites. Otherwise, I would like something more pop punk. I do want to find newer bands though. I've seen almost every old ska band by now that I like except Slapstick and Mephiskapheles. I finally got to see Goldfinger and The Specials for the first time this summer which was cool.
 
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Well I think I found Kill Lincoln from your recommendations and I really like their Good Riddance EP so I would like to thank you for that. I think one of my big problems with the newer ska bands is not liking the vocals. I would like either something soulful like Glen in The Slackers or Obi from Westbound Train or The Aggrolites. Otherwise, I would like something more pop punk. I do want to find newer bands though. I've seen almost every old ska band by now that I like except Slapstick and Mephiskapheles. I finally got to see Goldfinger and The Specials for the first time this summer which was cool.
I hear you there. There's been plenty of times I've been listening to a band for the first time and the music sounds great, but then the singer comes in a kind of ruins it. You may have heard of some of these, but here's a few more bands to check out.

Richie Stephens & The Ska Nation Band | https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1q-JaVThzlE | Spotify
Bottle of Moonshine | https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qUwgvImjd9A | Spotify
The Debonaires | https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1brLyz9QJIQ | Spotify
The Delegators | https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mdOe3Jd4fcU | Spotify
The Adjusters | https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UeQHdS-muBk | Spotify
Two and a Half White Guys | https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NizfvIZjLwc
Deals Gone Bad | https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hvIu6q-31a4 | Spotify
Go Jimmy Go | https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9q0X7SUAOcM | Spotify
Caz Gardiner | https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W2dFrDg9oKM | Spotify
The Stingers ATX | https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NnGu1cd6464 | Spotify
See Spot | https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZDKshVKJbs4 | Spotify
Babylove and The Van Dangos | https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jtpioBTkQag | Spotify

If any of those stand out to you let me know and I'll try to recommend some more.
 

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Ska's not dead. There's still a lot of great stuff coming out. It can definitely be in a pain in the ass to keep with the new stuff though. The Interrupters are a great newer band to keep an eye on. They have two great albums out.
Here's their Spotify page: https://open.spotify.com/artist/25Maank76ry2Tmbi2Ql1SF
It's not dead, but it's certainly on life support.

I've heard their first album, but not their second. I liked it a lot.
 
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I hear you there. There's been plenty of times I've been listening to a band for the first time and the music sounds great, but then the singer comes in a kind of ruins it. You may have heard of some of these, but here's a few more bands to check out.

Richie Stephens & The Ska Nation Band | https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1q-JaVThzlE | Spotify
Bottle of Moonshine | https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qUwgvImjd9A | Spotify
The Debonaires | https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1brLyz9QJIQ | Spotify
The Delegators | https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mdOe3Jd4fcU | Spotify
The Adjusters | https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UeQHdS-muBk | Spotify
Two and a Half White Guys | https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NizfvIZjLwc
Deals Gone Bad | https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hvIu6q-31a4 | Spotify
Go Jimmy Go | https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9q0X7SUAOcM | Spotify
Caz Gardiner | https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W2dFrDg9oKM | Spotify
The Stingers ATX | https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NnGu1cd6464 | Spotify
See Spot | https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZDKshVKJbs4 | Spotify
Babylove and The Van Dangos | https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jtpioBTkQag | Spotify

If any of those stand out to you let me know and I'll try to recommend some more.
Okay I can already tell I am going to like the bands on this list more because of the ones I've heard: The Debonaires, The Delgators, Deals Gone Bad, Go Jimmy Go and The Stingers ATX I've liked all of them. Thanks so much for your detailed reply. Going to listen to the ones I haven't heard now.
 
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Victor Rice's new album Smoke came out today. Really great ska & rocksteady instrumental album.

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/3ncOIekMaSRfXT58jmzZhB
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F01ijMFIeys

For something a little rowdier, Los Albertos released a live album this summer. These guys sound like they put on one hell of a show. Sound great live and that drummer can get crazy.

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/5KCcEOZrF9OgvT4RiP0GpG
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vdUO1IobZnQ
The Steady 45's is an old school 60's style ska and reggae band that is worth keeping an eye on.

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/2a5TTC1VDOmvRrJ72bUYtO
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BOkIv2TqHGo
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9kYUpiR8vTg

I see they have a new album called Trouble in Paradise also I haven't had a chance to listen to much of. This track definitely gives me The Moon Invaders vibes. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iivbej2Dy1c

The Undercover Hippy released a new album. A political reggae/hip hop band I've really been enjoying lately.

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/6tEwcsTsbWQcReTZCQF9z8
Bandcamp: https://undercoverhippy.bandcamp.com/album/truth-fiction
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RoraL2YgDF8
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_CfQVMoqOFQ
 
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Oh thank Beelzebub, this thread made it over!
I have been listening to that "The Supervillains" so damn much. I absolutely love it.
Mrs. Skanotto changed their name to Burn It Up, and all their music is on their bandcamp: Burn It Up (Mrs. Skanotto) - Bandcamp
Their songs "The Losing Side" and "Phantom Pain" are legit bangers.
 
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Oh thank Beelzebub, this thread made it over!
I have been listening to that "The Supervillains" so damn much. I absolutely love it.
Mrs. Skanotto changed their name to Burn It Up, and all their music is on their bandcamp: Burn It Up (Mrs. Skanotto) - Bandcamp
Their songs "The Losing Side" and "Phantom Pain" are legit bangers.
Thank you so much for the heads up on Mrs. Skanotto's name change. Didn't hear about the news and I've been wondering what they've been up to since their awesome Outlier album. Now I see they had a new album come out last year under their new name. Few songs in and it's great so far.
 
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311 released a new album "Mosaic" this summer. I haven't kept up with this band much, but I don't remember them having an album with this much reggae influence, so I figured it would fit well in this thread. I really enjoy this album and recommend giving it a listen.


Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/5UWEPNU1vVbtxCBvI0ptOW
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I0QjXfFutG4
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VTH17ytkEYI
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gsq-opBiw-o
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t-8hSpJOAyo


After 16 years, Long Beach Dub Allstars put out two songs. Great to hear music from these guys again. Hope it leads to a full album release.


Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/5oukAfb2RSS4M0F9FtdLJq
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nL2rxCNChMw
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v78zJ91Ej1Y
 
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"What Do You Know About Ska Punk?" recently released a compilation with a whopping 169 ska-punk songs from 169 different artists.
The whole shebang is on bandcamp right here: What Do You Know About Ska Punk? Vol. 2

I have yet to listen to the whole thing, but so far "Last Edition - Last Orders" and "Political Party Crashers - Bombs Explode" have turned me on to them as bands.
 
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"What Do You Know About Ska Punk?" recently released a compilation with a whopping 169 ska-punk songs from 169 different artists.
The whole shebang is on bandcamp right here: What Do You Know About Ska Punk? Vol. 2

I have yet to listen to the whole thing, but so far "Last Edition - Last Orders" and "Political Party Crashers - Bombs Explode" have turned me on to them as bands.
This is great. Thanks for the heads up Saften. Lots of bands I haven't heard of in here. Will be listening at work all day today. Really liking this Crabhammer song.
 
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Listened to all of the What Do You Know About Ska Punk Vol. 2 and there was some really good stuff in there. Here's three albums I've been enjoying from bands on the compilation.

Slamboni - 150. Probably my favorite band from the compilation. Definitely going to keep an eye what these guys put out in the future.

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/4MHEjP1Arr7sewrbwToAPY?si=BZ-5DcvdSm6idLtvzSEzUw
Bandcamp: https://slamboni.bandcamp.com/

MSH - Barfly

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/6FHjlm6FeBbZhtKWhwk05t?si=kmuJZlf3Siy3VYXuG1TnZw

Huge Puppies - Cynocracy

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/0qDLRAMcH1XYnPVha1m294?si=lSya5uF1Sv-UfBihYEKl1g
Bandcamp: https://hugepuppies.bandcamp.com/album/cynocracy

Plenty of other albums I need to get to. Some other bands I really liked are The Royal Architects, The Hoverrounds, Spred the Dub, The Inverters, The Phonosonics and many more. Definitely a good comp to check out. There's a lot of crappy songs too, but that's to be expected when you have 169 of them.

As for the the Reggae-Steady-Ska.com list, I think I may have found one of my favorite new bands.

The Magnetics - Jamaican Ska

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/3tFb1UE1SglRzNFTNHRNTY?si=G7FVYtQnQxKzrCokcBE2dQ
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LqjORQ-HwZ0
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BX-CXoqTvNM
Fantastic album and a great sound. Hope these guys are making music for a long time to come. Rinse Bassfunk I think you'll like this album.
 
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I finally managed to get through the whole 169 songs, and "Threat Level Burgundy - 1-Up!", "Just Say Nay - Pass Me a Cloud" and "The Waffle Stompers - Therapy Songs" has been added to my "SKUNK YOUR JANK OFF!"-playlist.
 
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I've been liking that Threat Level Burgundy album. Good stuff there.

Checked out some more albums from bands on the comp and here's 3 more that I've really liked.

Toy Gun Criminals - Outside the Box

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/1uWhTT9rJohiUblRiCzt5A?si=4UYpYbezRdm6JYvwc5K62A
Bandcamp: https://toyguncriminals.bandcamp.com/album/outside-the-box

Eric Daino - Eric DTX

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/4XGDmHonEk0YbWxCzNVzLX?si=8iCu-tCvRLyEMqL81iob4w
Bandcamp: https://ericdaino.bandcamp.com/album/eric-dtx

Peg & The Rejected - 4th Wave

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/6ARgKxYTXlm5qjUKfFF0uD?si=m7se9DAGRjySr4_YQQLoBA
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rAzMQXDtl58
 
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