Still riding that third wave of ska, The Interrupters’ debut is a pissed off party of raucous, rebel fun.
Lead singer Aimee Interrupter and the Bivona brothers Kevin, Justin, and Jesse (guitar, bass, and drums, respectively) sure know how to channel their anger into something positive. Happened upon by Rancid frontman and producer Tim Armstrong, the foursome from LA have found a home on Hellcats Records with their high powered ska-punk.
Having seen them live recently, I can vouch for the high energy of their music and the sense of belonging to something bigger. Amidst the churning mob of dancers and earsplitting drum rolls one finds that Aimee is actually discussing some very vital issues. “Take Back The Power” is a fist-in-the-air call to arms, where the singer rants about some familiar corrupters-the taxman and the judge-all the while challenging us to stand up and fight for what’s right.
Despite yelling fiercely about these prickly issues, the band makes it a point to find room for a little whimsy. “Family”, their first single, featuring Armstrong, is a light hearted jam that sounds like it was written over the dinner table as an impromptu musical number-maybe it was; the band claims most of the songs on their debut were written and recorded with minimal takes, adding to the rough spontaneity of their sound. “You Haven’t Seen The Last of Me” rounds off the album with a chorus that sounds like childlike taunting but with an actual backbone behind it-The Interrupters are putting up with none of your oppressive shit.