HOSTILES, THE: Always Looking Forward: CD

Ska from Scotland which must make them Skatish. Sorry, I couldn’t help myself. I also can’t help myself that ska is my least favorite subgenre in punk rock. Hence, I had a hard time embracing this disc with the “ska bounce” and the cliché horn parts. It sounded quite typical of the genre, but maybe a bit more predictable and mundane than usual. My favorite parts of the album were the portions that eschewed the least blatant calling cards of ska. Like the intro to the second song “Where Are You?” and the conclusion of the last song “A Bad Day for Shorts” when they get all metal. However, you may end up liking this if you have a tendency to enjoy ska.

 –Jake Shut (Self-released)