The Mighty Mighty Bosstones at Union Transfer
With Special Guests The Pietasters!
The Mighty Mighty Bosstones
At a time when so much of the industry’s output has become the musical equivalent of junk mail, listening to the MIGHTY MIGHTY BOSSTONES is like receiving a series of postcards from a vacationing friend: handwritten, infectiously fun, wish-you-were-here inclusive, and, overall, personal.
The best dressed band from Boston — Dicky Barrett-Vocals, Joe Gittleman-Bass, Ben Carr-The Bosstone, Joe Sirois-Drums, Tim Burton-Saxophone, Kevin Lenear — Saxophone, Chris Rhodes-Trombone and Lawrence Katz-Guitar are back with that infectious brand of fun only the Bosstones can deliver. 2009 will bring us a brand new release from the Mighty Mighty Bosstones the in the process of writing a full-length CD of all new material.
«We are creating music together again, for the love of the creative process, for the people who love The Mighty Mighty BossToneS and for each other. We won't be pressured, don't have a deadline and are following, like we always have, our own game plan» – Dicky Barrett
In the meantime in December 2008 the band will release a limited edition 7" single on colored vinyl (one side is black the other side white), The single is to mark the Mighty Mighty BossToneS 11th HomeTown ThrowDown. It was also created to celebrate and honor our new President and his historic election. Featuring two tracks, a version of “The Impossible Dream” from Man of La Mancha (1972) a cover that only the BossToneS could pull off and a new track co-written by Dicky Barrett/Joe Gittleman “Next To Nothing” that chronicles what the world has been put through the last 8 years while at the same time looks towards the future with optimism.
After releasing albums for nearly two decades and touring incessantly to deliver the music to their loyal fans, Bosstones frontman Dicky Barett has become a role model for fans and aspiring bands alike.
“Yeah, I’m a role model—but I’m not a good one,” he says with a joking. “I know how to do the Bosstones, but I don’t know how to do anyone else’s band or music.”
So what’s the secret to the band’s success?
“I set the bar really low on the first album. I sang like heck from the very beginning. Now when I make any improvement, it sounds like I’m Pavarotti, ‘This guy’s getting better!’ That’s just because I underachieved in the beginning. That’s pretty much my advice to kids: Set the bar low.”
The seed was planted in 1990. A bunch of friends started a band with no pretensions: the idea was to make music for house parties, not to make a career out of music. These guys and a girl grew up in and around Washington, D.C. The scene was small and all the Punks, Skins, and Mods intermixed in those days. You were as likely to see a Mod at a Scream show as you were to see a Punk at a Toasters show. This varied influence is what informed the covers that the Pietasters played and the originals they wrote trying to emulate their favorite bands. From Two-Tone Ska, to Jamaican crooners like Alton Ellis, to Stax, Motown, harDCore, and British Punk, the Pietasters played what they liked to play and the house partiers appreciated the mix and crammed into basements and living rooms for sweaty all night keg drinking and dancing.
Playing on weekends and during the summer they slowly expanded their touring area, made new friends, and gained the notice of music fans up and down the east coast. The influence of D.C.’s DIY punk scene informed the band of how you should tour, on your own terms. After releasing a self-titled album in 1993 they hit the road in an old school bus and headed west. Relentless touring through the early 90s got them friends all over the U.S.A. MOON Records took notice and the band released two albums, Oolooloo, and Strapped LIVE, on that storied label during the magic days of third wave ska alongside bands like Hepcat, The Slackers, Toasters, etc.
In 1997 Hellcat/Epitaph signed the band to a two album deal. Willis, and Awesome Mix Tape #6 followed. Both albums benefited from the direction of legendary producer Brett Gurewitz. At the same time ska blew up. The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, No Doubt, and Sublime ruled the airwaves. The Pietasters were lucky enough to tour extensively with The Mighty Mighty Bosstones. The Plaid Boys from Boston introduced the Pietasters to Europe and beyond as well as taking them on tours of the US and Canada. From this point on, the Pietasters were established as one of the best live shows money can buy. From the circus that is the Warped tour (US/Canada/Europe) to a once in a lifetime support slot with Joe Strummer, the Pietasters crisscrossed the world, leaving the dance floor covered in blood, sweat and beer.
After the 2002 release of Turbo on Fueled by Raman the Pietasters' hard work was rewarded with more good luck. In 2003 the Pietasters were chosen to back James Brown at the WHFS Holiday Nutcracker Ball at Washington, D.C.’s MCI Center (now Verizon Center). This was no support slot: this was the Pietasters playing as Mr. Brown’s band for the night. This was the start of a friendship with the Godfather of Soul that lasted until his passing.
All of these influences, events, and memories were distilled in the band’s 2007 release All Day. The album showcases how the band grew from playing sweaty house parties to sweaty nightclubs to sharing the stage with some of the world’s best musical talents. While playing live they can’t get away with not including most of Oolooloo in the set, but they try to slip in as many cuts from All Day as they can. The Pietasters continue to deliver a world-class performance of their style of Ska, Rock and Soul — sing along songs and dance-through-your-socks rhythms played by friends who remain true to their roots. A new album is in the works and they can’t wait to get back to a club near you.
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