Syracuse Shows presents
Reel Big Fish
Big D And The Kids Table, Suburban Legends
5863 Thompson Rd.
Syracuse, NY, 13214
Doors 6:00PM / Show 6:45PM
Reel Big Fish
Reel Big Fish was one of the legions of Southern California ska-punk bands to edge into the mainstream following the mid-'90s success of No Doubt and Sublime. Like most of their peers, the band was distinguished by their hyperkinetic stage shows, juvenile humor, ironic covers of new wave pop songs, and metallic shards of ska. The group cultivated an underground following that broke into the mainstream in summer 1997, when their single "Sell Out" became a modern rock radio and MTV favorite. Their appearance in the movie "Baseketball" as the halftime band also gained them more fans and helped the bands popularity to grow. Still fronted by original lead singer and song writer Aaron Barrett, they continue releasing albums and touring relentlessly, playing more and more countries and bigger venues all over the world.
Reel Big Fish recorded its self-released debut album, "Everything Sucks", in 1995. "Everything Sucks" became a word-of-mouth underground hit in ska-punk and college circles, which gave the band enough leverage to sign with the indie label Mojo Records. The label's president, Jay Rifkin, and former Oingo Boingo bassist John Avila co-produced "Turn the Radio Off", which marked Reel Big Fish's first album for Mojo. "Turn the Radio Off" was unleashed in August 1996, and over the next year, the group continually toured in support of the album's release, expanding their fan base all the while. In spring 1997, the single "Sell Out" began receiving heavy airplay from several influential modern rock stations in the U.S., which soon translated into MTV support for the song's quirky video. By summer, the song had become a moderate modern rock hit, and the album had charted in the Top 100.
In 1998 the song "Take on Me" from the "Baseketball" motion picture soundtrack was released as the promotional single for the movie and once again found the band in regular rotation on rock radio and MTV in the USA.
The Album "Why Do They Rock So Hard" followed a year later, once again enlisting Oingo Boingo Bassist John Avila as producer. The album was not as commercially successful but is still regarded by many fans as the bands finest work. The band filmed a music video for "the Set up (You Need This)", the only single released from this album.
The guys wound up on Jive Records in fall 2001 when their current label, Mojo, was bought by Jive's parent label, Zomba. Reel Big Fish's first release for Jive, a more rock-oriented record entitled "Cheer Up!", appeared in mid-2002. This album was very successful in Europe with the video for the single "Where Have You Been" receiving heavy airplay on many music video channels.
The band's next album, the cynical yet catchy "We're Not Happy 'Til You're Not Happy", was issued in April 2005. Touring continued for the rest of the year, and Reel Big Fish happily parted ways with Jive in January 2006, having wished to be dropped from the label since the "Cheer Up!" release.
In August 2006, the group self-released a double-disc live CD (along with an accompanying DVD) titled "Our Live Album Is Better Than Your Live Album". A few months later — and much to the annoyance of the band — Jive issued its own Reel Big Fish album, a best-of compilation entitled "Greatest Hit…and More". Reel Big Fish received no money from the album's sales, as Jive Records now owned the rights to the bulk of their songs. The band has urged fans not to buy this album because it was not approved by them and the sound quality is inferior.
Nevertheless, the band returned with some new material in February 2007, splitting an EP "Duet All Night Long" with their friends in Zolof the Rock & Roll Destroyer. "Monkeys for Nothin' and the Chimps for Free" followed several months later, marking Reel Big Fish'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, the Eagles, and Tom Petty.
The band's latest release is called "A Best of Us for the Rest of Us". It includes a 22 song disc of re-recorded hits and classic fan favorites as well as a bonus disc of 14 Acoustic or "SKAcoustic" versions.
Reel Big Fish continues to tour non-stop, playing over 250 shows a year to thousands of loyal fans all over the world, gaining more and more underground popularity as the Ska scene continues to flourish.
Big D And The Kids Table
Big D and the Kids Table frontman David McWane has said, "There are people who want to be in a band and then there are musicians." However once in while a group come along who decide to make music simply because they have no other choice—and those are the acts who tend to stick around. For the past fourteen years Big D And The Kids Table have proven that regardless of fame or poverty they will forever be addicted musicians—and their latest full-length Fluent In Stroll is the apex of their decade-and-a-half long career.
The best person who ever put it was [Warped Tour founder] Kevin Lyman, McWane explains. "My girlfriend once asked him if we were a big band and he replied, 'I'll tell you like this, they've been around for 14 years and each year they're relevant.' I think that's a great description of what this band is all about."
This fact is nowhere near as evident as it is on the band's sixth proper full-length Fluent In Stroll, an album that sees this group of Bostonian college friends—McWane, guitarist Sean Rogan, bassist Steve Foote, drummer Derek Davis, trumpet player Dan Stoppelman, saxophonist Ryan O'Connor and trombone player Paul Cuttler—coming together to craft an album that defies categorization and takes the band's ska-influenced sound to the next level. "This album reminds us of our very first record in the sense that instead of following any rulebook we were trying to have fun with our sound," McWane explains. "I think we just naturally wanted to write a really positive record comprised of songs that were an absolute blast to play night after night on tour—and I think that's exactly what we achieved this time around."
Correspondingly Fluent In Stroll is a mix of hop-scotch, double-dutch, soul, ska and reggae that comes together to form a unique style of music McWane has coined "Stroll," which is showcased via inventive tracks such as "Doped Up Dollies On A One Way Ticket To Blood" and "Fluent In Stroll". "I think some of our older fans might be surprised by the more stroll-sounding songs because it's a genre outside of itself, but in all honesty I think that these songs are way more 'punk' than most of the so-called 'punk' music out there," McWane continues, adding the bands new Do Wop singers Simone and Nicole from the band Tip The Van and Boston solo artists Haley-Jane & Sirae came together to form the hop-scotch sound of The Doped Up Dollies. "Whenever anyone hears something new it takes a minute or two to catch up, but I think people will get it and love it!"
That said Fluent In Stroll, which was produced once again by the Mighty Mighty Bosstones' bassist Joe Gittleman, still retains Big D And The Kids Table's unique sound whether that's via the laid-back Jamaican ska sound of "Been Wishing On" or the summertime jam "We Can Live Anywhere!". "We weren't allowed into the traditional ska band camp or the punk-ska camp, we never fit in anywhere," McWane explains when asked if there's a place where the band—who have played with everyone from Melt Banana to the Pietasters—feel like they belong. "We were just this weird band that some people could understand." However instead of seeing this as a drawback, Big D have used their idiosyncratic sound to carve their own unique niche in an oversaturated musical landscape and have built a dedicated fan base in the process.
"I personally like shows where you have to prove yourself," McWane responds when asked which of the band's thousands of live performances stick out in his head. "The Warped Tours and the Dropkick Murphys tours that we did were cool because when you've been in a band for as long as we have and you get to play shows where you have to prove yourselves you have that same first-show anxiety," he continues. "When you play the shows where everyone in the place loves you, then it turns more into entertaining—and that's cool, but that's not where I personally come from," he elaborates. "That might sound kind of weird, but I like the underdog shows more because it adds a little bit of spice and kick to it." The good news is that armed with a record as ambitious as Fluent In Stroll the band will undoubtedly have to prove themselves all over again in sweaty clubs all over the world.
"I think we have the same aspirations with this disc that we do with every record and that involves our little pow wow of saying, 'Don't you think music is shit?'" McWane—who is also an accomplished author currently working on a second book of poetry, a collection of Big D lyrics, two short films and a retrospective DVD about the band called Built Up From Nothing—explains when asked about his personal expectations for Fluent In Stroll. "Music groups have always recognized and applauded for creating something new and different for listeners, yet today it seems that artists are recognized for making what's already been or what's most the same," he elaborates. "We really tried to push the envelope the way artists used to do and all we've ever wanted was to be able to play music in front of a lot of people that love our songs," he summarizes. "If we could play on one stage in front of the world, we would do it."
David McWane – Lead vocals
Nick Pantazi – Guitar
Steve Foote – Bass
Derek Davis – Drums
Ryan O Connor – Saxophone
Paul E. Cuttler – Trombone
Dan Stoppelman – Trumpet
Out of the cultural holocaust of Orange County comes the superhero-like brilliance of Suburban Legends. Six recklessly handsome boys have devoted their lives to creating a glorious variety pack of ska music, all for your enjoyment. So put down those antidepressants and forget what's waiting on TIVO because it's time to enjoy a rocking good adrenaline rush.