HUB CITY STOMPERS: Haters Dozen: CD

I like ska a lot, but not so much that I actively seek out ska records. However, the Hub City Stompers are so pleasing I may need to revise that position. Then again, I may not since this record has every aspect of ska that I enjoy—at various moments it recalls the Specials, Bosstones, and Let’s Go Bowling, so what need is there for me to get any more ska records? The music is frantic, up-tempo ska, but the vocals are what really hook me: harmonies akin to Dance Hall Crashers at some moments, then others reminiscent of HR and even a bit like Eminem. The whole thing leaves me spent, exhausted, and happy. Really solid stuff, with humor in spades, and satisfying start to finish. –The Lord Kveldulfr (Altercation)