VOODOO GLOW SKULLS - Southern California Street Music

Voodoo Glow Skulls - Southern California Street Music

12 songs
32:37 minutes
***** ***


After three years of comparative silence, the Casillas brothers are back the eighth Voodoo Glow Skulls, appropriately called Southern California Street Music, which is how the six-piece describes its own brand of ska punk, metal and Latino music. And because everybody knows that you should never change a winning team, not much, if anything, has been changed when it comes to their practised style. Voodoo Glow Skulls are still one of the fastest ska punk bands out there, and they mostly take advantage of Frank Casillas abrasive vocals that always sound as if he’s in a hurry to get his performance done. This works best on the album’s more upbeat tracks, like the stomping Fire In The Dancehall or the politically charged Morning Air Raid Sirens. But don’t worry, not everything is about being fast. The Ballad Of Froggy McNasty and Home Is Where My Heart(Ache) Is show Voodoo Glow Skulls from a more sensitive side.

The cover artwork is much more sombre than in the past, and also there are no Spanish lyrics on the new album, probably because the band wants to reach a wider audience with their this time rather serious lyrics. Apart from that, you can still expect the usual quality from the Southern Californian ska punk rockers: fast vocals, blaring brass instruments, razor sharp guitar riffs and a rhythm section that steadfastly punches its way through the songs. As you can deduce from the running time, Voodoo Glow Skulls don’t take any prisoners, with their songs not even averaging three minutes. But that’s they way we like this band. Other ska punk bands have become tamer with age, but you can certainly not accuse Voodoo Glow Skulls of that crime.

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