The Aquabats – “Hi-Five Soup” Review

For a few weeks now, I’ve been listening to the latest effort from the Aquabats, and contemplating my critique. Having done a number of reviews and critiques over the years, this one has been the hardest, because it is such a unique project.    I have heard of the Aquabats but had never heard their music until now. So, rather than review this by comparing and contrasting it with past works, I am simply going to focus on this particular body of work.

So, to point out the obvious… this is not your “typical” band.  With their spandex “rash guard” super hero shirts and their anti-negativity helmets, they not only deliver everything you would want from a world famous rock band, but they also travel the planet in their highly customized Winnebego fighting crime, including notorious bad guys like  Gasface and  Kitty Litter.

Or at least that’s what I hear.

So, on to the music… It’s juvenile, cheesier than cheetos in nacho sauce, completely over-the-top, borderline ridiculous, and… FUN!     It’s actually refreshing to have something on my iPod that is fun, light-hearted, energetic, and full of satire. Continue reading “The Aquabats – “Hi-Five Soup” Review”

The Aquabats – “Hi-Five Soup” Review

The Up Beat Film Review/Brandon Smith Interview

The Up Beat (film) – Brandon Smith, director

Recommended if you like: Ska music, well-made documentary films on interesting topics, big, brassy horn sections, upbeat music, dancing, family-friendly fun.

Ska music, like swing music, punk, and disco, is one of those subgenres of music that occasionally has moments of popularity, but is usually ridiculed as a fad. Ska music is a mix of calypso with American soul and rock from the ’50s, exemplified by big horn sections, danceable rhythms, and upbeat party- (and usually family-) friendly lyrics. For those of you who are either too old or too young to remember, ska’s last moment in the pop culture spotlight happened in the mid-’90s, with the most successful bands being The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Reel Big Fish, and (some would consider) No Doubt. However, as we learn in The Up Beat, a new documentary now available on DVD, from editor/producer/director Brandon Smith, ska music has a rich history and, during the ’90s, there were few places where ska was more popular than Utah. Continue reading “The Up Beat Film Review/Brandon Smith Interview”

The Up Beat Film Review/Brandon Smith Interview

Ian Fowles

PUNK/HARDCORE/SKA

This time, our Linescratchers interviewee needs little introduction. Ian Fowles is best known by the many bands he plays in and has played in, among these are Death By Stereo, Sense Field, Further Seems Forever, Hunter Revenge, and, more recently, The Aquabats! Ian is a quite articulate, thoughtful musician with an impressive resume, and it is our pleasure to present our latest Linescratchers interview with him. He talks about life on the road, his LDS faith, and The Aquabats!

To find The Aquabats! on iTunes, click here.

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Ian Fowles