New to Ska-boom.com is Stork and the Babymakers. Hailing from Ontario, Canada, this group of gents has recently released a self-titled, 4-song EP. Let’s check it out…
- “Stick It Out For A While”-Let’s kick things off with a straight up horn rock venture, with smooth vocals and blaring horns. To say this song is ska/punk would be a misstep. If Jimmy Eat World had a horn section, this is what it might sound like. An enjoyable song for sure. Grade: B+
- “Runaway Blues”-Switching gears, The Babymakers roll out more of a traditional number. The organ here is excellent and the backing vocals are a nice touch. I think Keegan’s voice is better suited for this style of song over those with more of a rock element. A great song in the vein of The Prizefighters. Grade: A
- “Stand Strong Like A Rock”- The guys mix things up once again with a sweet reggae jam with overlapping vocals. I think that this band should highly consider making Aoife (the guest vocalist) a permanent member of the band. Her powerful pipes fit in nicely with the otherwise mellowness of the rest of the band. Awesome! Grade: A
- “Daily Valentines”-Wrapping things up, is a nice horn rock number. Vocally this one reminds me the lead singer from Behind Deadlines. Musically this one is solid; however the muted horn part is a little out of place. Grade: B
As most music fans do, I have my list of favorite bands. One of the reasons that I started ska-boom.com, however, is to discover that new kid on the ska block. Look no further than Stork and the Babymakers. While they have released only 4 tracks, I always applaud bands for getting their stuff out there, rather than waiting until they have enough material for a full length. After an enjoyable once-through, I can see the band going in two directions. The first being a smattering of styles in which you hear on this album. I understand not wanting to put oneself into one musical box, but in my opinion, there are not a lot of bands that can pull this one off. The Mad Caddies and the earlier works of the Cherry Poppin’ Daddies come to mind. Option two would be to pick one subgenre and run with it. The two songs that I enjoyed the most are the slower numbers, more in the style of reggae and traditional ska. The other songs were a good listen, just not as much as the aforementioned ones. I would pick option two, if it were me. Overall, this is a solid collection that I think you will enjoy. I wish Stork and the Babymakers the best of luck in their musical future and can’t wait to catch up with them down the road. If you are in the mood for a musical smorgasbord then check these guys out!
Overall grade: B+/A-
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