REEL BIG FISH+ [Spunge} & Lightyear (Rotating Line-Up)
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Reel Big Fish happily parted ways with Jive in January 2006, having wished to bedropped from the label since the “Cheer Up!” release.In August 2006, the group self-released a double-disc live CD (along with anaccompanying DVD) titled “Our Live Album Is Better Than Your Live Album”.Barrett said of this album: “We finally captured the energy, excitement, and humor ofour live shows that we were previously unable to create in the recording studioenvironment. And it all sounds really good!”The album was very popular with RBF fans and issometimes referred to as “theReel Big Fish Stand-up comedy album” because of all the silly stage banter.The band returned with some new material in February 2007, splitting an EP “DuetAll Night Long” with their friends in Zolof the Rock & Roll Destroyer. “Monkeys forNothin’ and the Chimps for Free” followed several months later, marking Reel BigFish’s first full-length studio release since leaving Jive’s roster, and 2009′s “Fame,Fortune and Fornication” found the band covering songs by the likes of Poison, theEagles, and Tom Petty.In 2010, the band released “A Best of Us for the Rest of Us”. It included a 22 songdisc of re-recorded hits and classic fan favorites as well as a bonus disc of 14Acoustic or “SKAcoustic” versions.2012 brought their 7th studio album, “Candy Coated Fury” (Rock Ridge Music), aninspired and infectiously catchy return to the hyperkinetic ska and biting wit of theband’s beloved early albums.In 2014, RBF released their first Christmas Album, a six-song, digital-only albumentitled “Happy Skalidays”. The album included 4 classic Christmas songs and 2RBF originals.With the late-2018 release of the band’s 8th studio LP, “Life Sucks…Let’s Dance”(Rock Ridge Music) Reel Big Fish are finding themselves with a new focus and arenewed sense of purpose, as well as a–dare we say it–happier outlook on life.Barrett says, “We started recording the album in January 2018 and really took ourtime with it. Our friend and engineer David Irish just finished building his new studio“Pot of Gold” in Orange, CA, and we loved how everything sounds there. There’s justreally good energy and good vibes there, plus there’s a really adorable studio kittennamed Iggy Fluff there, so we may have accidentally made a positive, happy recordinstead of a pissed off, hateful record, oops…well, there’s a little pissed off-ness inthere and some sarcastic, funny lyrics as usual! Also, I just got married so theremight be a few sappy love songs on the album too! Yuck!”He adds, “Recording the album with this line up was really fun, we all get along reallywell these days and everybody was excited to make a new record. Everybody hadlots of great ideas and really got creative with everything and I really think it shows.
The new single “You Can’t Have All of Me,” is a danceable sing-along, catchy, hookygood old Reel Big Fish song. We didn’t reinvent the wheel… We just painted morecheckers on it!”The long-running ska heroes, fresh off a summer-long stint on the final cross-countryVans Warped Tour, and appearances at Scallywag! Fest (with Bad Religion,Pennywise, Less Than Jake and The Interrupters) and Sammy Hagar’s HightideBeach Party, remain as popular as ever, as they continue to tour non-stop, playingover 250 shows a year to thousands of loyal fans all over the world, gaining moreand more underground popularity as the Ska scene continues to flourish