[Kealie Mardell | Print Editor]
The Bar Stool Preachers are an emerging band from Brighton, deeply rooted in ska with some punk attitude thrown in for good measure.
A humble bunch, they are slowly but surely creeping their way into the limelight. As seems to be the current mark of success, their Facebook could do with some love, standing at just under 1,500 likes. They’re also currently making their way up and down the UK until September, so be sure to see if the tour is making a stop near you.
The band recently released their debut single, the 7” One Fool Down, through Pirates Press Records, with a B-side ‘My Own Worst Enemy’. But before we get to that, for those of you who aren’t familiar, it’s time to find out a little bit about ska.
Ska noun 1. A style of fast popular music having a strong offbeat and originating in Jamaica in the 1960s, a forerunner of reggae.
Since then it’s skyrocketed around the world, weaving its magic into many genre crossovers. Take a look at the likes of Madness, Reel Big Fish, Streetlight Manifesto, Sublime, Lightyear, The Specials and Goldfinger, to name but a few. I for one fell in love with the ska-punk scenes of Southern California, and couldn’t be happier to have discovered something closer to home.
Embracing the influence of those who came before them, while promising to bring something new to the table, The Bar Stool Preachers play hard and fast, just the way music should be played; like it’s burning inside of you and with a big ol’ smile on your face you just need to get it out. Their debut release is not only beautifully packaged, but what’s inside is even better.
One Fool Down
This track exudes a down-to-earth Britishness which is hard not to love. We’re introduced to some hefty bass and drums from Karl Jeffrey and Rory Benis, with singer Tom McFaull providing the life and soul of the song. In spite of its punk essence it’s still got an easy listening feel.
My Own Worst Enemy
If you’ve got this far and your toes aren’t tapping within the first 30 seconds of ‘My Own Worst Enemy’ then I think there might be something wrong with you. You should just give up and go home now. The B-side picks up the ska pace with those infectious horn lines and catchy harmonies. They accentuate each other well and ultimately the track just sounds like it was tied up nicely with a bright bow on top ready to present itself to your playlist.
The transition between these two tracks is effortless. It’s enough to captivate you and send you searching for some more, which I highly recommend you do. The Bar Stool Preachers have a lot to offer and their first release doesn’t disappoint in giving you a taste of what’s to come.
Grab yourself a beer and fire up the BBQ. I’ve found my sound of the summer!
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