By Jennie Orton
January 16, 2019
Folks who were around for the late 90’s wave of Ska remember Reel Big Fish, the band equivalent of “your geeky ska friend.” Sole surviving founding member Aaron Barrett brought the pork-pie hat and the energy back on the road to the Commodore Ballroom in support of the new studio album Life Sucks… Let’s Dance! and it was like not a day had gone by.
Like the music itself, the set list was direct and to the point; a no frills outpouring of old favorites. Like a loving spoonful of tracks from the 1998 album Why Do They Rock So Hard, which Barrett informed us had just turned 20 years old…gulp, to surprise additions like 2002’s surprisingly lovely “Good Thing”, to shiny new tracks from the aforementioned Life Sucks.. Let’s Dance! The new stuff was a little toothless in comparison to the older cheekier numbers, but that’s what happens when you grow up and get a little doughy.
It didn’t stop those in attendance from singing all the words of “Your Guts (I Hate ‘Em)” when the time came. We may get older, but there will always be a little Spicoli in all of us; calling dicks out for being dicks, thumbing their noses at being “Trendy,” and destroying a Slurpee with rum in it on the way to the Ska Show.Commodore Ballroom, real big fish