Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Triple Drop

Hailing from the "black pool", aka Dublin, Ireland, Triple Drop has picked up where The Clash, The Specials, and The Pogues left off. Combining a DIY aesthetic with the powers of punk, ska, and rock and roll, the trio have been causing a ruckus since they first met in 2009, securing the '09 Noise Battle of the Bands title and 200+ gigs around Ireland.

Their debut self titled EP showcases four of the band's most lethal tracks to date. The intro single, "In Yur Smokey Lil' Room", screams WORLDWIDE HIT due to its infectious back beat and groovy melody.  "Extra Extra" has a more ballsy rock and roll sound, but still retains Triple Drop's signature groove deep within the production, especially at the halfway point when the song transitions into a danceable Devo-esque swing. "Radio" is another potential hit, mixing vintage ska sounds with popular 90s riffs and change ups. This song, along with "In Yur Smokey Lil' Room", would have given every band in the early 90s a run for their money and would have solidified Triple Drop has the go to band for every alt-ska soundtracked college movie in the states. The final recording, "Wake Up", sounds more like a demo compared to the rest, but still secures Triple Drop as one of the more exciting emerging ska acts in the world today.

Ska has been missing on the airwaves and in music conversations within the states for some time now. The spritely reggae influenced vibes that a few bands blossomed with have now morphed into emotional alternative rock or a hijacked 311 vibe, but fear not. For those that miss the beautiful danceable aura of Ska music, Triple Drop embodies the heart and soul of the genre while adding their own modern twist. Judging by their debut EP, it will be this little Irish band that will have everybody skankin' in the streets again.
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