The Skels were once described as ?the band to see when you're planning on getting so drunk you don?t remember your name, New Jersey's The Skels have played and drank their way through pubs up and down the east coast, and as far away as San Francisco, for the last eleven years.Originally formed as the house band for a tiny Irish pub in Hoboken, New Jersey, The Skels quickly gained popularity for their abrasive and rowdy style of drunken, riot-inspiring pub-rock. Playing marathon, multi-set shows which nearly always culminate in sweat-laden, body crushing sing-a-longs, The Skels rip through Irish traditionals, country standards, punk anthems and reggae classics in addition to their three albums worth of originals, all while downing gallons of porter and pints of whiskey.To go along with their 3 albums, The Skels have appeared on numerous compilations, on morning television, in an independent film, and have supported (and drank with) such acts as Shane MacGowan and the Popes and The Prodigal.

McGunks music is about living in New England, or the East Coast; in the barrooms, in the dirty cities, in the brutal weather both outside yourself and in. No fuckin’ palm trees of Malibu or Florida here, no cornfields of Iowa or Nebraska either. You’ll hear none of that in the music here. But if you’ve been in a city and a city barroom, whether it’s Boston, Providence, New York City or Portland Maine; this music should say a lot to you.

The McGunks call themselves “Drunk Punk” and it’s a good description. I’d say they sound like early Clash, a bit of Social Distortion, and a whole heaping scoop of Irish tinged sing along Boston/New England punk. With song titles like “Three More Beers,” “Working on Another Hangover,” “One for the Booze,” and “Can’t Drink Here No More,” you might (hiccup) catch their drift. I think a big reason, besides the good songs, that they’re so good live is that they always exude a huge amount of energy. Not the fastest band, they never reach hardcore speed, but they’re always bristling with energy that translates into a fun, lively show. One thing about this band, is no matter how jubilant and upbeat the music, the lyrics spin a bit more realistic, pessimistic take on things. Welcome to East Coast way of thought and living folks.

This is a hard working band who plays out frequently. Me, I can’t listen to this without picturing the moshing, the PBR’s raised high, the smiles and laughter, sweat flying, the insanity flowing from the stage through the crowd to the bar back where I’m usually sitting.

The Scandals

The Scandals are a New Jersey punk band from Bayonne, formed in the winter of 2004. Since its origin, the band has gone through some minor line-up changes finally settling on the dynamic foursome you all know and love.
True to the hard, fast style that has long been associated with East Coast punk rock, The Scandals have a sound that's gritty and raw, with anthemic hooks and catchy riffs. They're a high-energy band that plays high energy shows, and with the promise of new music and new tours, you'll be hearing a lot more from these jersey boys very soon.

The Old Edison

The Old Edison was the original power plant in the working-class town of South Boston, adapted by Will, Rory, Jima, and Liam, kids who grew up in its shadow; four strong blooded Irish who grew up blue collar grasping at any chance they could get their filthy hands on. Their youth was characterized by hard times where they found solace, friends, and unity in the punk rock scene. All playing their part in different bands throughout the years, soon they found themselves living under the same roof and realizing their common interest in the songs and sounds of yesteryear. They came together with the common goal of bringing honesty and heart back to the forefront. With constant change a part of life, after Jima left the band to pursue schooling, They added both Catherine, a well accomplished fiddle and whistle player with accolades of many twice her age, and Squall, a well established local solo act as well as strong bass player.

The music is stripped down and raw, letting the soul shine true. Influenced by roots, folk, and country music; they tried to combine this sound with the spirit of the music they grew up with. The songs are heartfelt and straight forward, sung of hope, loss, anger, belief, love, insanity, and triumph. Each with the quality of being sung along to with friends. In these times of dishonesty and fear, the band finds their strength in the music and hopes you can to; the only way to make it through is with the help of those around you.

Grab a beer, raise your voice, and enjoy!

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The Skels with Mgunks, The Scandals, The Old Edison

Saturday, August 10 · Doors 8:00 PM / Show 8:30 PM at South Shore Music Hall