If you’re a fan of ska music, reggae, and of course punk rock, then you’re going to love this latest release from Peg and The Rejected. With the release of “4th Wave”, the band has put their names on the short list of the best ska and punk bands yet again. Imagine the power of Rancid with the precision of The Skatalites and a little bit of Two Tone thrown into the mix. The energy found within the tracks here represents a new movement for the band, formerly recognized as The Dingees.
A Mixed Bag of Ska
I throw the term ska around a lot, but honestly, that’s the best way to describe a majority of the songs. This becomes especially true with the use of horns throughout, especially on “Sound So Soothing”, and “Sing It Out At Street Level”. However, there is a lot more here. The bass lines and the focus on rocksteady really pushes the envelope a little, leaving the banner of just “ska” and turning into reggae and a more two tone approach that you’d expect from the UK. This is very evident on “Language of Lies” which is great turned up to 11, with the bass line and horns mixing a reggae and jazz element that you won’t find with a lot of mainstream music today.
A Dancing Record
Just when you think that the boys are going to go soft with their mix, the band puts together some dancing songs including “Still Don’t Know How To Party”, which has that stellar punk/ska mix that you’d expect from the third wave ska movement that made so many rich. That’s not all, through the latter half of the release, you get a lot of great points of interest, with lyrics that are very much political at times. There’s a lot to this record, and while I say it’s danceable, it’s far more than that. It’s a throwback at times, it’s a forward leaning record, and it really does encompass the sound that many bands keep trying to pull off, but fail. My hope is that this record lands on the same map as The Slackers “Red Light”, and The Pietasters “Awesome Mixtape #6”, because it’ definitely in there as far as mixing punk, ska, reggae, and even a little rocksteady, if you ask me.
Star Rating For Peg And The Rejected “4th Wave”
I wish I had a lot of money. I wish I had a record label, or power within the music industry. Peg and The Rejected has put out one of the best ska/punk records of 2016, and I can only hope that people actually listen up. You have to give these guys credit. “4th Wave” is a stellar record, recorded with a great sound, focused and rejuvenated with a sound that is refreshing. You can’t go wrong with this one, which is why I’m giving it a 4 out of 5. It’s one of my personal favorite records of 2016, and I have one of the best jobs in the world, freelance blogger and idiot. (ghost writer actually)
You can pick up “4th Wave” via Amazon.com by clicking here, it’s well worth your time.