illScarlett - All Day with It
Record Label: Sony BMG Europe
Release Date: July 10, 2007
The year is 1999, and the self-titled album by ska band Sublime has gone five times platinum, breaking ska out into the mainstream and ready to be indulged by every hippie, stoner, and party goer in North America. Unfortunately, the leader of the ska revolution Bradley Nowell died of a heroin overdose just before this album was released, leaving ska underground for years to come.
Let's fast forward to the year 2007, where up and coming ska band illScarlett are ready to hit it big with the release of their major label debut album All Day with It. Produced by none other than Matthew Wilder (Tragic Kingdom), illScarlett are poised to become the poster children for what will become ska for the next generation.
Although the band is pioneering nothing new in the musical style sense, they are re-invigorating an almost dead (to the mainstream) genre, giving it the spice it needs. The album leads off with the official Fifa Under 20 championship anthem "Who's Got It," which really sets the mood for the rest of the album with lines like "Show / You got it / Take a hit than pass it on." Lyrics like that are sure to become staples at your neighborhood block party.
As good as illScarlett are at crafting a catchy party song, they also work wonders with fast paced punkier songs. Songs on the album such as "Nothing Special" (which also happens to be the first single) display fast tempo songs that can deliver the catchiest of choruses, making for some radio friendly rock hits in the mix.
The band is also able to display their lyrical depth in songs like "Life of a Soldier" which incorporates a soaring anthemic chorus with the bouncy ska guitar riffs that pulsate throughout the entire song. The album also includes previously recorded songs released on their EPs earlier in the years such as "Pacino," "NTF (Next Time Forever)," and "Nothing Special."
As far as illScarlett are concerned, they are happy to make it onto someone's top fifty played songs on their iPod. Little do they know, they are the front-runners for the next generation of ska, brining the genre back to the popularity it once had. illScarlett are definitely a band to watch in the next few years playing festivals like Warped Tour and headlining tours of their own. This will hopefully garner them enough success to bring what they have already promised through their music.
i thought this album was total garbage compared to their earlier stuff. If you listen to the version of Nothing Special on Clearly In Another Fine Mess/EPdemic and then listen to the version on All Day With It, you'll notice the difference.