In early September, 6-piece ska/punk band Bumsy and the Moochers emerged from the Chicago suburbs with their debut release, a 4-track demo EP As the band enters their second year together, they have already made a name for themselves after spending the past year taking Chicago by storm, and don’t plan on settling down. And with this EP under their feet, that won’t prove too difficult.
The first track ‘Over the Dashboard’ drags you straight in and shows you exactly what Bumsy and the crew are all about. With the fast tempo drums, a driving guitar riff, and in no time we are introduced to Caitlin’s raw punky vocals which seal the deal with an extremely singable chorus. Accompanied by the horns, it makes for a true ska track that you can’t help but dance to.
‘All Day Every Day’ follows in a similar style to the opening track with the very fast tempo and singable chorus, however it features the horns more prominently in the verse along with a much more lighthearted and relatable lyrics about not wanting to go to work and lazing around watching TV instead.
The third track, ‘Shasta Night’ brings us in with the bouncy which does not slow down and will leave you in your own world skanking away in your own little world. This track also features the EPs first guitar solo which doesn’t mess around and keeps it nice and simple before breaking down into a half-time beat.
The final track ‘Welcome to the ‘Burbs’ has a much meaner and punk tone to it as opposed to the fast and fun ska throughout the previous three tracks, however the chorus to this song will have you skanking again in no time along with the second solo on the EP which seems to have a heavy surf-rock influence behind it.
At the end of the day, with all said if this is anything to go by, it means there is still hope for some good ska bands to come in the future to take the reins. The EP has a feel very reminiscent of Goldfinger and Less than Jake (particularly the horns on ‘Over the Dashboard’) at various stages throughout but with the only real drawback being that the first two tracks can blend together in similarity making them hard to remember which is which. But aside from that, a very solid first release indeed.