SAY IT OUT LOUD
Not much I can say about The Interrupters‘ latest record Say It Out Loud other than the fact that it is one of the best of the year, or at least one of my favorites! The thing about Ska music is that it is inherently upbeat and just has that natural ability to make you smile and start dancing. I love that about punk music and its derivatives in general, it can be socially conscious, make a statement, and talk about something shitty going on in the world but it’s uplifting rather than depressing. You can check out the interview I did with them which you can read here.
Thematically, this record covers empowerment, loyalty to friends and family, social control, the media circus and domestic violence, in beautifully constructed lyrics that tell great stories, topped off with sweet ass vocal harmonies which they perform live perfectly. In a year where women totally rocked and ruled, Aimee Interrupter shines on this record with her gritty timbre- once again proving women can not only lead but bring so much character and awesomeness to punk and music in genreal. As I said before, this version of social awareness is more my style, so it connected with me in that regard for this particular year as well as bringing back my fond memories of the Third Ska Wave back in the 90s.
I don’t know if there will be a Fourth Ska Wave anytime soon, but The Interrupters certainly make the genre relevant single-handedly. Whether you care for the genre or not, this record is one you should listen to because genre aside, it’s quite simply a great record that you can nod your head and move your feet to. Forget all the Pitchfork indie-dance picks, be cool and blast Say It Out Loud at your next party!
[+] THE INTERRUPTERS