Manic Productions and Asbestos Records Present:
Big D and the Kids Table, The Pietasters
Hardcore Karaoke Pile-On Extravaganza!, Steady Habits
295 Treadwell St.
Hamden, CT, 06514-4140
This event is all ages
Big D and the Kids Table
Big D and the Kids Table front man David McWane has said, "There are people who want to be in a band and then there are musicians." Once in a while a group comes along that makes music simply because they have no other choice – they are addicted musicians. For the past fifteen years Boston's Big D And The Kids Table has proven just that, regardless of the band's poverty. McWane describes the group as – "We're modern American gypsies," And you can feel that sense in their wildest record yet – For The Damned The Dumb & The Delirious.
"The person who put it best is [Warped Tour founder] Kevin Lyman", McWane explains. "A friend once asked him if we were a 'big band', and Kevin replied, 'I'll tell you this…they've been around for 14 years and each year they're extremely relevant.'
"Our new record is by far our best yet," says McWane. "It's a bomb! Our energy writing it was incredible. As friends, we had a blast; as musician's, we knew exactly what we wanted to craft; and as tour mates, we were all on the same page, writing songs that would make the coming tour a slaughtering battle on stage. We love energy, and that's what we packed these explosive songs with."
For The Damned The Dumb & The Delirious is filled with driving ska-punk bangers, leaping off the stage thrash, seedy dub and topped off with a lot of that good ol' fashion working class, Boston bar room beer toasting anthems. It's gritty, bratty and raw – confident, witty and fun.
"I personally prefer shows where you have to prove yourself," McWane adds when asked which of the band's thousands of live performances stick out in his head. "The Warped Tours, Reading & Leads, and the Dropkick Murphys tours that we did were exciting because you had to prove yourself. The feeling is similar to when your band first starts out; you get that first-show anxiousness," he continues. "When you play shows where everyone loves you, then it turns more into entertaining—and that can be fun, but that's not where I personally come from," he elaborates. "I like the underdog shows more because they add spice and kick." Armed with a record as youth driven, honest speaking, furious and fun as For The Damned The Dumb & The Delirious, Big D will undoubtedly get the opportunity in sweaty clubs all over the world, to step up to the plate and prove themselves all over again
"We want to wake up the masses with this record, remind them that they're more than just alive; and make their Mondays into Saturday nights. Lovers of our sound better get ready 'cause no one's gonna help them in the front row of this coming tour. If you wanna relax – head to the back." – says McWane
The seed was planted in 1990. A bunch of friends started a band with no pretensions: the idea was to make music for house parties, not to make a career out of music. These guys and a girl grew up in and around Washington, D.C. The scene was small and all the Punks, Skins, and Mods intermixed in those days. You were as likely to see a Mod at a Scream show as you were to see a Punk at a Toasters show. This varied influence is what informed the covers that the Pietasters played and the originals they wrote trying to emulate their favorite bands. From Two-Tone Ska, to Jamaican crooners like Alton Ellis, to Stax, Motown, harDCore, and British Punk, the Pietasters played what they liked to play and the house partiers appreciated the mix and crammed into basements and living rooms for sweaty all night keg drinking and dancing.
Playing on weekends and during the summer they slowly expanded their touring area, made new friends, and gained the notice of music fans up and down the east coast. The influence of D.C.'s DIY punk scene informed the band of how you should tour, on your own terms. After releasing a self-titled album in 1993 they hit the road in an old school bus and headed west. Relentless touring through the early 90s got them friends all over the U.S.A. MOON Records took notice and the band released two albums, Oolooloo, and Strapped LIVE, on that storied label during the magic days of third wave ska alongside bands like Hepcat, The Slackers, Toasters, etc.
In 1997 Hellcat/Epitaph signed the band to a two album deal. Willis, and Awesome Mix Tape #6 followed. Both albums benefited from the direction of legendary producer Brett Gurewitz. At the same time ska blew up. The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, No Doubt, and Sublime ruled the airwaves. The Pietasters were lucky enough to tour extensively with The Mighty Mighty Bosstones. The Plaid Boys from Boston introduced the Pietasters to Europe and beyond as well as taking them on tours of the US and Canada. From this point on, the Pietasters were established as one of the best live shows money can buy. From the circus that is the Warped tour (US/Canada/Europe) to a once in a lifetime support slot with Joe Strummer, the Pietasters crisscrossed the world, leaving the dance floor covered in blood, sweat and beer.
After the 2002 release of Turbo on Fueled by Raman the Pietasters' hard work was rewarded with more good luck. In 2003 the Pietasters were chosen to back James Brown at the WHFS Holiday Nutcracker Ball at Washington, D.C.'s MCI Center (now Verizon Center). This was no support slot: this was the Pietasters playing as Mr. Brown's band for the night. This was the start of a friendship with the Godfather of Soul that lasted until his passing.
All of these influences, events, and memories were distilled in the band's 2007 release All Day. The album showcases how the band grew from playing sweaty house parties to sweaty nightclubs to sharing the stage with some of the world's best musical talents. While playing live they can't get away with not including most of Oolooloo in the set, but they try to slip in as many cuts from All Day as they can. The Pietasters continue to deliver a world-class performance of their style of Ska, Rock and Soul - sing along songs and dance-through-your-socks rhythms played by friends who remain true to their roots. A new album is in the works and they can't wait to get back to a club near you.
Hardcore Karaoke Pile-On Extravaganza!
HKPOE! (aka Hardcore Karaoke Pile-On Extravaganza!) – CT’s premiere ska-punk cover band/collective features a rotating lineup of talent consisting of members of local labels, promoters, and an insane list of bands including members of Reel Big Fish, Bomb the Music Industry!, Shai Hulud, Spring Heeled Jack, and tons of other members of the local ska punk scene. The bands over the top stage antics, all gang vocals all the time mentality, and usually sporting a horn section to rival any school brass band, the band has become a bizarre staple in the CT scene and has performed along side acts such as Spring Heeled Jack, Big D & the Kids Table, Mustard Plug, Bomb the Music Industry!,Badfish, The Flaming Tsunamis, Pietasters, Pilfers and hundreds more. The band’s founding member Matt Flood, also runs Asbestos Records, the longest running ska promotions house in CT, and one of the most prolific ska labels in the world… so any show this band plays on received the utmost promotion that a ska show could get in the state of CT.
Steady Habits is a 7 piece band based out of Connecticut. About to release their first full length album "I Love You, I'm Sorry" they have changed their sound from 3rd wave ska/pop punk to something a little (much) weirder. While still incorporating their past ska band root aesthetic, they've added driving pseudo post rock elements, strange time signatures, intricate vocal harmonies, and a powerful horn section. With songs ranging from a pop vein to absolute loudness complete with their singer yelling at the top of his lungs, you'll have to ask yourself "This is a ska band?"