You have been good, children? St. Nicholas filled your boots with gifts, cookies and sweets overnight? I’ve got something sweet for you today kids. The ninth studio album from Boston ska punk band The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, “The Magic Of Youth”, released today, 6th December, 2011 on Big Rig Records will definitively cheer up your day. Sick of too much hatred? Sick of winter? Sick of another day? Well, this definitively gives another perspective, it will make a difference, will bring at least a sunshine. No emo-shit, no post-whatever, no alternative – or alternated – metal. This is straight, simple, charming ska/punk rock, served hot and full flavored.
Kicking out sometime in the mid-80’s, the Bosstones – as they were originally named – began merging their loves of punk, ska, metal and hardcore into their own songs. The start was slow, including an early hiatus for bassist Joe Gittleman and guitarist Nate Albert to finish high school, but the band came alive in 1990 with their debut “Devil’s Night Out”. Since the band’s inception, lead vocalist Dicky Barrett, bassist Joe Gittleman, tenor saxophonist Tim “Johnny Vegas” Burton and dancer (“Bosstone”) Ben Carr have remained constant members.
Following their genre-defining second album “More Noise and Other Disturbances”, the band jumped from underground and independent label into the big league and Mercury Records.
The band’s 1997 release, “Let’s Face It”, would prove to be the band’s biggest break, mostly due to the first single “The Impression That I Get,” which charted at number one on the Billboard charts.
In 2000, the band released Pay Attention which failed to meet expectations set by the previous album. “So Sad to Say”, was released as a single, but it never reached a position higher than #22 on the Billboard charts. Ultimately, the album did not sell as well as their previous release. This was to be the band’s last album with Mercury Records.
The band soon announced their return to an independent label when they signed with SideOneDummy Records and in July 2002, they released “A Jackknife to a Swan”.
In 2004 the band announced that they are gonna take a break for a while. Barrett became the announcer on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live late night talk show. In 2005, he became the host of the Mighty Morning Show on Los Angeles radio’s Indie 103.1 FM – but in March 2006, he was dismissed from the radio station.
in October 2007, on Boston Radio Station WBCN, Dicky Barrett confirmed what he called “the worst kept secret in Boston”: the announcement that the Bosstones would indeed play a tenth official Hometown Throwdown at Cambridge’s famed Middle East club.
“Pin Points and Gin Joints” was released in 2009.
And here we go, we’ve got now the brand new album, “The Magic Of Youth” and 11 fresh, breathing, pumping and pounding ska/punk rock songs. No other appreciation needed. This is just great as it is.
01 – The Daylights
02 – Like A Shotgun
03 – Disappearing
04 – Sunday Afternoons On Wisdom Ave.
05 – They Will Need Music
06 – The Package Store Petition
07 – The Horse Shoe And The Rabbit’s Foot
08 – The Magic Of Youth
09 – The Upper Hand
10 – The Ballad Of Candlepin Paul
11 – Open And Honest