Manic Productions and Asbestos Records Present:
Mephiskapheles, Flip Ya For Real
Inspecter 7, The Hempsteadys
295 Treadwell Street
Hamden, CT, 06514
Doors 8:00 PM / Show 8:30 PM
This event is 21 and over
Mephiskapheles are back in red and black for 2013. The band who invented the devilish, whimsical MTV- and radio-friendly genre of Satanic Ska, then defied critics by exploring even greater possibilities for their darkly original ska fusion, have reunited, with a new tour and new album in the works.
Formed in the East Village of New York City in early 1991 by a group of artists, ad-agency employees, and jazz musicians, Mephiskapheles played their first show on Long Island, and from day one began attracting a diverse, dedicated fan base.
Flash-forward to today; and with Satanic Ska being, without a doubt, the genre of music most relevant to our current times. Mephiskapheles are picking up where they left off, with a reissue program with Jump Up Records, a focused performance schedule, and a new Mephiskapheles album slated for 2014.
Flip Ya For Real
Before you ever heard of Streetlight Manifesto, before Reel Big Fish was on the radio, before Big D and the Kids Table had only 1 singer, before Sgt. Scagnetti had a fog machine, before the Tune Inn closed down and burned down: there was Flip Ya For Real. A six member ska-punk-rap-hardcore-metal-rock mash-up.
In their time together Flip Ya For Real released an 8 song demo(self titled), a split CD(Friends forever), and a full length(pinata). They toured the east coast, played Warped tour (back when it was good), and helped hold together the Ct. Ska scene when just about every other type of music was more popular.
Check out past members new bands:
The Excitement Gang
Stop Exploding You Cowards
The Royal Swindle
Inspecter 7 was formed in New Brunswick, NJ in 1992, during the "Ice Age" of New Jersey Ska. Fed up with the lack of Ska bands and Ska shows in the area, a rag tag group of local Skins, Mods, and others from the underground scene decided to make their own damn Ska band...and their own damned Ska shows. Originally dubbed "Agent 86", the band had their debut performance at The Brighton Bar in Long Branch, NJ. For the next year or so they continued to play watering holes and basement parties in Central Jersey going through line up changes and name changes ("The CrashBars" in 1993) along the way. At the tail end of 1993, inspired by an inspection tag found in a pair of frontman Giuseppe Mancini's Levi's, the band was renamed Inspecter 7.
In 1994, I7 kicked in the door of the NYC Ska scene with their appearance at the 2 night sold-out underground music festival known as "Oi!/Skampilation", which was recorded for a compilation CD released later that year. From then on they formed relationships with NYC and NJ's hard working Oi!, Punk and Ska bands playing for and with the Skinhead & Punk underground when most other Ska bands were abandoning it. They continued playing for and with the people who supported them from the start, even as Ska began to mainstream in the mid-90s.
After releasing a 7-inch on Moon Ska NYC and appearing on several compilation albums, I7 released their first full length CD entitled "The Infamous" in 1997. i7 toured nationally numerous times in support of "The Infamous" as well as in support of their second full length CD "Banished To Bogeyland" which was released in 1999. As the Ska flame began to flutter towards the beginning of the new millennium and the main stream crowd lost it's interest in the underground flavor-of-the-decade, Inspecter 7 continued playing, albeit with far less frequency and span than they were accustomed to. They continued on a subdued live schedule through the 2000's but also slowly began piecing together another full length album which was completed in 2012. In 2013, on the heels of completing and releasing their 3rd full length CD, "Escapes And Illusions", on Little Dickman Records, and with a fresh new line up, they returned full force and full time to bring their own unique brand of Ska to the world.
So stay tuned and prepare... Inspecter 7 is coming your way.
The Hempsteadys' reputation speaks for itself. As Perrenial Whalie Award winners, finalists for this years' CT Music Awards "Best Reggae Act", and earners of the moniker, "The Wu-Tang Clan of Ska Bands", New London's raucous reggae party-on-wheels feels it's high time to spread their gritty sound system across New England. 11 members strong and counting, The Hempsteadys feature members of such former CT punk heavyweights as Under Investigation, Chasing Trinity, Hand Grenade Serenade, Stressbomb, and CT legends, The Flaming Tsunamis.
When reached for comment, The Hempsteadys would only say the following: "Our haunting horns will stay with you in your dreams. You will continue to feel our heavy beats as time slowly marches on. And as you come to know our tales of raucous behavior, zombies, and beautiful women, you will arrive at the simple truth. This, my friends, is Mob Mentality Reggae."
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