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The Interrupters – ‘In the Wild’

Hellcat Records
Rancid, Less Than Jake, The Clash, Hepcat, Mad Caddies, Goldfinger, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones
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Hellcat Records

With this new album dropping right in the middle of festival season, and just days before a major tour, “In the Wild” really needs to carry the mantle of The Interrupters trademark high-energy Ska and bounce along Punk energy or they could readily find themselves with a whole portion of their setlist that makes the crowd go “Meh”.

A mid-afternoon slot on the main stage at Beautiful Days Festival in the sweltering Devon sunshine just a couple of weeks after releasing the album soon sees the band put any doubts aside, these are songs made to get people dancing like the summer will never end, full of riotous and joyful energy.

And as is the usual case with The Interrupters, nothing ever gets a chance to wear out its welcome; almost every song they have given us is in the “turn up, tear shit up and do one” three minutes or less category. “In the Wild” has a bit of everything from the expected high-tempo Ska knees up (The Hard Way is one of their best to date from any album), blissed out sunshine reggae, and even a dabble into 50’s Rock and Roll balladeering with the Phil Spector inspired doo-wop of “My Heart”; if the Ramones can do it, there’s no reason The Interrupters shouldn’t.

You ‘re expecting a “but” around now aren’t you? You’re not getting one for this excellent album. If you want to be ultra-picky you could argue that it is maybe 2 or 3 tracks too long, and that the polished production maybe saps some of the energy compared to what you get live. The relatively poor translation from “being there” to recorded is something that could have been levelled at the entire Ska genre since 1980, so get the album, learn the words, and then go shout along while dancing your socks off at a venue near you someday very soon.

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