In the excitement (or mehment depending on what side of the fence you are on) of the announcement that Green Day are making their way over to the UK not much has been said about the band coming along in support, The Interrupters.
Signed to Tim Armstrong’s label, Hellcat Records, The Interrupters released their second album Say It Out Loud earlier this year. And if you are a fan of Mr Armstrong’s day job with Rancid when they are at their most ska, then this may be the album for you.
Which is evident right from the off as ‘By My Side’ bounces straight into a catchy ska beat that will have you tapping your foot right out of the room. It’s the kind of infectious party starter that doesn’t even need a big chorus, but that doesn’t prevent them throwing one of those in too.
There is a dollop of punk in with your ska though and ‘She Got Arrested’ (the best thing on the album) is dripping with attitude. It’s refrain of ‘I do it again’ even sees lead singer Aimee Allen taking on an Armstrong-style drawl as she delivers it. Elsewhere, ‘On A Turntable’ and ‘Control’ are more straight up pop-punk. Gone are the trumpets and in their place are guitar driven melody.
When The Interrupters are at their best is when they are bouncing along happily doing their thing. Tracks like ‘Phantom City’ (which includes said, Mr Armstrong) were made for long summer days and even if we are now entering September grab this album on one of those precious few sunny days we have left and make your way outside. I guarantee you’ll be practically flying down the street before you know it.
Which isn’t to say this is a disposable piece of music. To be enjoyed during the summer and put away over winter until the next drunken BBQ. On songs like ‘Media Sensation’, ‘The Prosecutor’ and ‘You’re Gonna Find A Way Out’ there is a real political bite to the lyrics. It’s in direct contrast to the tingly happiness of the music, but it’s there, and The Interrupters aren’t afraid to say what they think. Which makes it all the easier to go along with the slight cheese of closer ‘Loyal’.
Look, if like many you don’t give a flying fuck about Green Day, then fair enough. Their U2 act is pish. That doesn’t mean that you need to ignore the whole thing, however. If you are looking for some of that ska punk goodness, then The Interrupters is a band that you will want to get on board with.