‘Let’s Get Dangerous’ with the Backyard Superheroes shall we? The 7-piece ska combo out of New Jersey are set to release a new EP entitled (you guessed it) ‘Let’s Get Dangerous.’ This latest release follows last year’s self-titled full length and an EP. Let’s have a listen…
- “Let’s Get Dangerous”-An opening concert track (not really a song per se) that leads right into the next song.
- “Face It”- “Face It” starts things off with a horn-heavy, bratty punk sound. There was a time in the 90’s when every ska/punk band sounded like this, but in 2015 this sounds new and fresh again. Grade: B+
- “My Fault”- Once again, the horns rule the day in this next song. This an excellent mix of punk sound with precise and well-polished horn solos. Rock on! Grade: A-
- “What Could Go Wrong?”- The Backyard Superheroes kick it up a notch in this fast-paced, blazing song. The horn section is quick and punchy which contrasts nicely with the sax solo near the end. Awesome! Grade: A
- “Average Guy”- The album takes a bit of light-hearted, dance-worthy turn. I really dig the organ solo as well as the ode to “A Message to You Rudy.” Way to respect your roots. Grade: A-
- “Running in Place”- The Backyard Superheroes march back into familiar territory with fiery punk ska. A big thumbs up goes to the female vocalist featured in this tune. Grade: A
- “Arcade Girl”- I may be dating myself, but arcades were actually still a thing when I grew up, so this song brings me back. Musically, the ‘Let’s Get Dangerous’ EP ends on a high note with this fun upbeat tune. What’s better than ska and video games? Grade: A-
It seems as if the Backyard Superheroes were raised on the same 1990’s pop punk that I was. There are obvious elements in their music that remind me of early Green Day, MXPX, New Found Glory, Bowling for Soup, Good Charlotte… and the list goes on. But notice I say that they use elements and that they are not exact clones. The Backyard Superheroes breathe new life into the ska-punk scene with this short collection of tunes. While still in infancy as a band, they have managed to grind out an album so polished it could stand atop the heap with seasoned veterans in the field. Oftentimes the horn section seems to be an afterthought or add-on with some bands, but not here. The horn section is front and center and is pivotal to the overall catchy sound of the album. The vocals are what you’d expect from a punk/ska band, on the raspier side, but never grating or a strain to listen too. Lyrically, there is nothing heavy here, in terms of politics or world events, but rather just fun, fun music. This is a must for the long time ska fan or the fan who hung up their Buck-o-Nine and Reel Big Fish albums with their beer bongs and college textbooks. Thank you Backyard Superheroes, for making me fall in love with ska punk all over again!
Overall Grade: A-
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