Soul-ska pioneers The Pietasters release their new studio album, All Day, on August 21, 2007 (Indication Records / RedEye USA). The release marks the band’s first release in five years.
Produced by Todd Harris (James Brown), All Day displays an impeccably refined Pietasters: soul-drenched and in fine songwriting form. Expect The Pietasters’ signature sound of skankin’ punk rhythms and raucous vocal rumblings slowed down and sticky thick with the sounds of early Motown and Jamaican soul. The result is subtly nostalgic and enticingly fresh, offering plenty for both longtime listeners and younger underground music fans who missed the ska scene on the first (or second and third) go ‘round.
Indeed, there is something truly timeless about ska music; and who better to remind us of that than The Pietasters? “This record is a version of what a van ride with us would be like,” says The Pietasters’ bassist and songwriter Jorge Pezzimenti of their soul roots, rock and reggae-inspired new album. All Day captures the high energy, brotherly camaraderie and attention to detail on which they’ve built their rock-steady name as an explosive live attraction.
Traveling the miles along a star-kissed path, the first break came early for D.C.’s ska darlings, when The Pietasters landed a 1992 tour opening for ska originals, Bad Manners. In 1997, Rancid’s Tim Armstrong signed them to Hellcat/Epitaph where they recorded two albums with producer Brett Gurewitz (Bad Religion): the genre-defining Willis (SPIN Magazine called it “An equal opportunity dancehall crasher — part ‘60s keg rock, part 2Tone and part Motown”) and Awesome Mix Tape #6 (CMJ noted it for “lacing a Stax shout-out feel with Caribbean rhythms”).
The soul-charged Turbo was released in 2002 by Fueled by Ramen. The Pietasters shared bills with NOFX and Less Than Jake on the epic ’98 and ’99 Warped Tours, and followed with a stateside run with punk legend Joe Strummer. Hundreds of shows and three years later, they worked as James Brown’s back-up band for one surreal evening. And their story is still unfolding. Not bad for a bunch of guys who started out as a teenaged underground band from D.C.
The Pietasters bring their high energy live show, and their new material, to venues coast to coast this summer. The current list of confirmed show dates is as follows:
June 28 River Street Jazz Café Wilkes-Barre PA
June 29 Grog Shop Cleveland OH
June 30 Mr. Small’s Theatre Pittsburgh PA
July 04 Asbury Lanes Asbury Park NJ
July 13 All Good Festival Masontown WV
July 20 The Whiskey Annapolis MD
July 21 The State Theatre Falls Church, VA
August 10 Royal Lake Park Fairfax VA
August 11 Martin’s Downtown Roanoke VA
August 16 Rock and Blues Concert Cruise Boston MA
August 17 Valentines Albany NY
August 18 The Chance Loft Poughkeepsie NY
August 22 Peppermint Beach Club Virginia Beach VA
August 24 Cat’s Cradle Carborro NC
August 25 Ska Weekend-Old City Knoxville TN
September 5 TBA Albuquerque NM
September 6 The Clubhouse Tempe AZ
September 8 Clark County Amphitheatre Las Vegas NV
More dates to be announced at www.thepietasters.com.