Ska, 2-Tone, rocksteady, reggae, punk rock... call it whatever you want to. THE BABOONZ just call it ska and punk rock, and that’s just fine. It’s sometimes fast, sometimes slow, sometimes loud, sometimes low, but always highly explosive and politically correct.
The band from Bavaria, Germany, is one of the country’s fastest-rising and most promising groups, and is an important part of the new flourishing ska scene in Bavaria. Though founded in 1998, things got serious in 2001 when they completed the following line-up:
Simon, guitar; Daniel, guitar; ToBe, bass; Mandal, drums; Waste, vocals; Stephan, saxophone; Tobi, trombone; and Flo, trumpet. Recently, the ensemble was joined by Klaus on organ.
THE BABOONZ have played more than 150 shows in Germany, Austria, Czech Republic, Italy, and Switzerland. They shared stages with top acts such as Stingers ATX, Bad Manners, The Busters, Mark Foggo, Hotknives, The Peacocks, Scrapy, Skarface, Loaded, Bluekilla, The Skaliners, Moskovskaya, The Benuts, Tornados, Rollings, The Real McKenzies, Cashless, and many more. At their shows they rock ‘til you drop, and you can see how much fun they have being on stage. Their lyrics show that they view politics as an important part of daily life, taking a stand against fascism, racism, militarism and intolerance. But they’re not just complainers- they know how to throw a cool party as well.
In 2001, THE BABOONZ self-released a 6-song EP called „Congratulations." This was followed in 2002 with the full-length album „Take Warning," released on the German ska/oi!/punk label Mad Butcher Records. In 2005 a split-CD with Venus Hill (NL), Club 99 (I) and The Skatoons (Ger), along with another full-length-album, will be released again on Mad Butcher Records.