Suburban Legends - Rump Shaker
Release Date: August 26th, 2003
Record Label: Unsigned
In a ever-growing music scene that's filled with post-hardcore bands and enough screaming to last you a lifetime, the Suburban Legends manage to stray away from the trend. Rump Shaker is an album that will put a smile on your face, get you moving, and is sure to be stuck inside your stereo for longer than you'd expect.
From the second the albums opening track hits your ears, one thing is clear: this record isn't your everyday ska release. The blazing horns and pumped-up vocals of "High Fives" make it the perfect track to kick this beauty off. Setting the chorus brilliantly for the songs to come, this album keeps its concrete attitude. "Bright Spring Morning", a song based on following your dreams and living your life to the fullest, proves to be a prime example of what this band is all about. "Up All Night", the albums second single (behind the aforementioned "High Fives") is a party favourite with a chorus that's nearly impossible to get out of your head. Then, just when you think the tracks over, it comes back in for yet another round of sing-alongs. The albums ninth track, "All The Nights", is a perfect song for having the time of your life. From the very beginning, you can't help but clap along to its simple, yet illuminating melody. Following that comes one of my personal favourites, "Do It For The Kids". This song lets you know what it's all about to be in a ska band, or at least from the way they do things. "Crackin' smiles even when we're sad, that's just the way it goes in a ska band!" Closing the album comes the unforgettable "Last Dance", which consequently made me want to visit my high-school prom a few years early. Who needs a song that makes you teary-eyed when you've got a track that will make you smile (and dance) at the same time ?
Through and through, the Suburban Legends are doing what they love. If you aren't a ska fan to begin with, it's unlikely this album will change your mind, but it's worth a shot. If ska is your type of thing, then my god, is this album ever for you. It's poppy, it's humorous, it's energetic, and it's simple. It surely isn't for everybody, but even outsiders should give this band the respect they deserve for what they're trying to do with this album: wash away your cares. Rump Shaker is that late-night favourite. The album that you can sit back and enjoy, and most importantly, brighten up your day.