Out since last June, just in time for the summer, ‘Fight the Good Fight’ is the third album for the American ska-punk quartet. This work contains twelve songs, rigorously California grown, constituting a bold, feel-good, fast and upbeat bulk of music. In other words, a combination of different roots and an assorted array of gritty melodies, whose pace often overcomes the story-telling aspect.
Title Holder introduces it all gutsy, on the right foot, and initiates a running-motioned, “skanking” session, as an internal melodic path into the album. Broken World and Not Personal are in fact invited to the very same party. It is a gathering which recalls atmospheres from the Madness’ Camden Town and flavours them with a West Coast accent. Then, Be Gone alternates ska rhythms with slower melodies, opening the way towards that “something else” which can be found in this work.
For starters, listening to the single She’s Kerosene is bumping into something so catchy and pumping-up that a wide array of listeners, of indie or not, may vote it their radio-hit of the month.
If instead you are one who identifies as a specific, elder genre aficionado, this song can reconnect you instantly with the ska-pop you hadn’t listened to in the last fifteen years or so. How the hiatus could have happened follows as a sudden, mind consuming question. It is a vortex of thoughts by then, inevitably concluded by rolling down to the basement, to dig up a bunch of forgotten and soon rotating again vintage treasures.
Rancid pop by here and there as a metaphysical influence (Gave You Everything, Rumors And Gossip) if they aren’t an eminent and concrete appearance, as it in fact happens in Got Each Other. ‘Fight the Good Fight’ is not such a monolithic piece of work and it is able to go different places, somewhere in-between fast rock and melodic punk. So Wrong, Gave You Everything and Outrage part away from the ska soul of the album, in a way that we could define as a soundtrack for a quasi lost American College-concert-era. Leap Of Faith, on a different note, resembles reggae traveling in a fast car which could be driven by Joe Strummer. A lot on the plate, maybe not the most innovative ever, but definitely enjoyable.
The Interrupters will hold a series of UK performances, before the end of this year, starting from Glasgow’s The Garage on November 26th. The tour will then touch Newcastle Upon Tyne, Birmingham, Leeds, Manchester, Bristol, Brighton, ending up in London at Electric Ballroom, on December 4th.