Male - 28 Years Old
Funny enough, in my hometown while the punk scene is on life support there is a very active and very packed Mod night every Thursday that pulls in the crowds to the tune of The Specials, The Skatalites, they even push the boundary and allow beyond the 2nd wave into borderline and third wave bands such as Op Ivy, Skankin Pickle, etc.
Ive found for the most part a lot of people thought Ska was just a 90s thing, when in reality its roots are just as deep or deeper than punk, but proper explosion happened in the late 70s alongside Punk.
I have noticed a very sharp decline in ska bands and for the most part I wouldnt feel at all strange wearing a Ska Is Dead T-Shirt around town. Although, when did it die? Because it was being heavily pushed by Victory, Hopeless, Fat, Epitaph etc only to decline very rapidly.
Personally I'm a fan of 2 tone, early incarnations of ska/punk fusion. However I also like the ska-core sound coined by bands like The Mighty Mighty Bosstones in the early 90s, and the Suicide Machines and Slapstick before they left to create Alkalkine Trio and other great bands along the way.
I do have to say I miss the let loose fun times of Ska shows. Having a few drinks and dancing like you have parkinsons for 4 hours. It was just fun music with a message to boot. I genuinely miss it. I think those whom hate it didnt attend many shows for the great bands. However everybody is open to their own opinion.
Also, I hate typing on this tablet. So I give up on pressing shift 10 times to get a ', or quotations. I also don't care much for losing my whole post by attempting to correct spelling on a word. So. Take it as it is.
Favorite Ska Albums of all time:
The Specials (ST)
The Toasters - SkaBoom!
Mighty Mighty Bosstones - Dont Know How To Party / Live From The Middle East
However, I'm curious. Is ska dead in your hometown too?
Last note. Mustard Plug, why are they so damn good live but so damn bad on record? I just dont get it!