“Steal the music” – the upcoming fourth album of THE SKALINERS from Southern Germany contains 11 songs which put a different complexion on ska music. They combine the traditional sounds from Jamaica and Great Britain with elements of soul and rock. In that way they create a more or less new and contemporary sound.
After an intro, which reminds one of a theme of a 70s US-TV-series, the energy of the title-track hits you right in your face: “Steal the music”, a song that goes straight forward, treats the politics of the music industry and the so called “big 5”, the world’s biggest record companies, in an ironic way. Songs like „Me and the doc“ and „born in `75“ are extremely danceable and present themselves sometimes with distorted guitars but always with a cool Hammond-organ sound from the 70s. Also containing songs like the more rocksteady- and dub-styled “I wanna know” and the neo-swinging “skank ‘til you drop” the album is made to give varied enjoyment to the auditory canals. More highlights are a cover version of Elvis’ “burnin’ love” and the guest vocals of Julia and Nick from Loaded, as well as those of the former SKALINERS frontman Carsten Keil. Finally, songs like “the locust plague”, introduced by a bossa-nova-like groove, give the brass section a chance to show their excellent skills.
When you listen to this album it won´t keep you standing still for long. So don't hesitate to move your feet and - like THE SKALINERS would say - skank `til you drop!