AGGROLITES,THE: Self-titled: CD

It’s damned hard to take seriously a ska band where one of the dudes is brandishing a baseball bat on the cover (what are we supposed to assume, that they’re ruff and tuff? That they’re “hard hitting”? That they like the Dodgers? That they’ll beat down anyone who doesn’t like them? Puh-LEEZ), but these guys actually aren’t as lame as their cover would lead one to believe. The vibe is reggae filtered through a “traditional” ska band, with a little bit o’ soul music mooshed in. In a nutshell, better than expected.

 –jimmy (Hellcat)