I can't fault you for liking a rougher sound, there's definitely some of that in today's ska/punk scene, I can understand the appeal. But this guy is just so off-putting, it's almost as if he's singing off key a lot of the time. Even the singer doesn't sound as good as he did on previous albums, which is mostly why I'm so confused by this new album -- they used to be a better sounding band, in terms of vocals and production.
Do you or anyone else know why they've changed their sound for this album? Are their live shows more reminiscent of this new album, in that the trombone guy sings more and less emphasis is put on the vocals?
I've been listening to them for years, but I've never seen them live so I really have no idea what kinds of musicians these guys are. Has this band always been a little "rough around the edges" and they've just now put out a studio album that represents that, or did they make a conscious choice to tone down the production values and vocals in the studio?