Reel Big Fish & The English Beat (July 08, 2009)

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Show:7:00 PM
Doors:6:00 PM
Age:All Ages
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Ska favorites Reel Big Fish along with The English Beat will co-headline the Ballroom stage.

After more than 15 years of conveying negative vibes, warning listeners about the dangers of being in a band and lamenting their time in the music industry (case in point: the band's radio hit, "Sell Out"), the members of Southern California ska-punk stalwarts Reel Big Fish want to let the world know of a big change: They're finally happy.

Some of that happiness stems from being released from their former label's contract. "We're very happy to be off the major label because they didn't understand us," says front man Aaron Barrett. "They didn't know what to call us, how to market us or who to market us to. They are used to pre-packaged pop and radio-ready rock and I think we were just too weird for them to comprehend. So eventually they just ended up doing nothing."

Freed from such obligations, Reel Big Fish is finally releasing its first independent studio album since leaving its former label. The self-produced Monkeys For Nothin And The Chimps For Free finds the members of Reel Big Fish doing things their way. In fact, it features material done their way, from quite a long ways back.

Constantly road-bound, Reel Big Fish squeezed three weeks between tour dates to write, rehearse and record 19 songs at Music Inc. Studios in Orange County. Late night tracking sessions ensued, with some band members only hearing the songs two or three times before actually recording them. However, despite the seemingly rushed production schedule, Barrett, who also served as producer, insists that the band's latest was probably one of the easiest albums he's ever created.

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