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Table O' Contents
So, you just happen to be in Texas
and you wanna find a little Ska (for all I know you're in Nome, Alaska and
really bored, but that's not the point). This is by no means the
end-all-be-all page for that type of info, but then again, it's not a bad
start either. As always, if you've got anything you'd like to add to the page,
drop me a line and let me know!
Alloys from San Antonio
The Amazing Skasmonauts
The Amazing Skasmonauts are a thirteen-member Christian ska ensemble hailing
from that nexus called North Austin. We take a ska base based in trad and
third-wave ska and blend it with punk, funk, jazz, swing, metal, blues, surf,
reggae, two-tone, hardcore, and good ol' rock'n'roll. Our influences (as if
you cared) are the Insyderz, Less Than Jake, Five Iron Frenzy, the Aquabats,
the Specials, the Wailers, the Silvertones, the Mighty Mighty Bosstones, the
Krusty Watch Guys, Hepcat, the W's, Metallica, MxPx, Petra, the Ramones, the
Beatles, Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass, Boston, the Jimi Hendrix Experience,
War, and many, many others. The Amazing Skasmonauts seek to glorify the Lord
(our only valid reason for playing the ska) and have a heaping helpful of fun
(those two things go hand-in-hand). Musically, we seek to prove the versatility
of ska by blending it with numerous styles and fashions. We have a trad- and
blues-influenced swing/ska song, a trad ska meets Ramones-flavored punk song,
a metal/ska/reggae mix, a wah-meets-ska song, a ska/funk/punk blend, and many
other blends of ska with a world of music. Our stage show is equally diverse,
with on-stage skankin' and thrashin', as well as the tossing of candy, muffins,
party favors, and other surprises and special guests. We're not some garage band
either, we're actually playing shows (boy, that sounded really pitiful)!
Our crazy gang of Skasmonauts are (we're big, ain't we?):
Daniel Skasmonaut - trombone
If you want to book us (and you know it's tearing you apart not to!) contact us
Aaron "Killoff" Skasmonaut - cornet, vocals
Cory Skasmonaut - alto sax
Billy Skasmonaut - clarinet
"Jubes" Skasmonaut - cornet
Jeffrey Skasmonaut - vocals, rhythm guitar, toastin'
Sean Skasmonaut - lead guitar, vocals
Vince "Vince" Skasmonaut - bass
"Pedro" Skasmonaut - vocals
Andrew Skasmonaut - drums
DJ Cobra Skasmonaut - keyboards, samples
"Dr." Brad "Backwards" Skasmonaut - additional percussion, pitch pipe, kazoo, toastin'
Colin "Chill" Skasmonaut - crazy dancin' stage guy, toastin'
(From Jeff at Skasmonauts@about.com)
Light Special from Corpus Christi
Blue Light Special (BLS) is a ska band from Corpus Christi, TX. The
band consists of 8 members: Aaron Boudreau (lead singer), Jonathan Lee
(guitarist), Ann Locklin (bass guitarist), Ryan Hayden (drummer), Mark
Gonzales (trombonist), Justin Howe (trombonist), Austin Carter (trumpet
player), and Adam Cook (tenor saxophonist). The band is managed by
Frank Cook and also has a dancer, Alexei Wood. For more information or
to contact BLS, visit their homepage
or, email them at: firstname.lastname@example.org
(From Jen at email@example.com)
Hooray!!! It's The Bored-Agains!!!! The Bored-Agains are a 5-piece 3rd
wave ska band from the DFW area. They play their own unique brand of ska,
blending reggae, two-tone, jazz, funk, and even a little metal. If you
ever have a chance to see this band play, please do. You will not be
disappointed for their live show is their best asset. The Bored-Agains
love to play music and that is apparent at their shows. They will play
anywhere, anytime...you name it, they will play it. So in conclusion, The
Bored-Agains like fun, and so do you...so why shouldn't you like THE
The Bowler Boys from Austin
Squad from Houston
Burnt Toast from Houston
(If you've got an MPEG player, click on the logo for a
Burnt Toast is a 7-member ska band from Houston, Texas. They do a
smattering of covers as well as hand-crafted originals. Hermann,
their lead singer, combines his personal training by Smokey Robinson with
his expertise gained from spending three years studying Tuvan throat
singing. The rest of the band brings together such diverse
backgrounds as acid jazz, funk, punk, soul, reggae, jazz, classical, and just a whole
corn-u-copia of other styles to produce music that still sounds like
ska. Wowee! We're young, we're learning...but hey! That's okay
because we're "Houston's newest ska act" (Jan. 25, 1995, Public News).
And feel free to bring us toast any time you see us...it's not a tradition, but if
you'd like it to be, that's fine...we're just THAT KIND OF BAND!
Thank you and good night!
(From Todd at firstname.lastname@example.org.)
The Contradicks from Austin
The Contradicks are an Austin-based punk and ska outfit
consisting of two guitars, bass, and drums. They broke up in late '95,
after playing gigs with many Texas bands such as the Suspects and Spies
Like Us and national bands such as San Diego's Buck O Nine. They were
famous for their comedic banter with the audience and their cover of The
Jimmy Buffett classic "Margaritaville."
(From Dave at email@example.com)
from San Antonio
Johnny from Flowermound
Designated Johnny is a 8 piece ska/punk combo from Flowermound (near
Dallas). Fast punk with the booming horn section make this band one that
will soon dominate the scene.
(From Alex at firstname.lastname@example.org)
Dreadnaughts from Dallas
5 Finger Discount from
Fixed Idea from El
Gals Panic from Austin
(Some of them went on to form the bands Missle Command and Playdough
I don't have a blurb from the band, but here's a review of the their
tape that should give you a basic idea about 'em:
Gals Panic -- AIRPORT SECURITY THINGS
[Goopy Pyramid Records]
HIGHLIGHTS: "Gals Panic," "Sega Face," "Space Race," "Chuck Norris
Look, look, I'm SKANKIN'! Awright! Yow! Twist shukka twist
shukka leap leap leap! Hey! And I don't even own anything plaid! Aaaaieeee!
Crazed ska from my own obnoxious hometown (Austin, that is...), a self-
released effort to boot (an EP, cassette-only as far as i know; they have a couple of singles
out too), and it's pretty nifty (assuming you can stand ska, that is).
Actually, debate rages as to whether these guys (whose singer has
the dubious distinction of being even SHORTER THAN MYSELF, which
takes some doing for anyone over twelve, believe me) are actually "true ska,"
since they lean toward bursts of heavy-metalism now and then, but the
purist argument always bores me anyway, so hah!
Besides, they MUST be ska, for their lyrics are smart-assed and
read as if they were written in the car on the way to the studio, and most
importantly, make LITTLE SENSE. "Play our game 'til she gets naked
/ On mine I want cheese and bacon / If I had another quarter / I could
reach the next nude border"... yah, must be ska, mon.... Plus "Sega Face" is
about Sega games (duh) (and yet NO MENTION of Sonic! how could
they forget?!?!), and "Space Race" reveals that they are apparently
unaware that the cold war ENDED a while ago (or else they just don't CARE).
Songs like "Mummy Cops" and "Skoliosis Skank" are pretty
self-explanatory, I think....
For a self-released project, this sounds pretty good -- the guys are
certainly no slouches in the playing department -- although their
judgement is sometimes questionable (a song whose entire lyrics are
"talk... laugh... cry"?!?!?! uh....). But hell, they're SUPPOSED to have
questionable thinking, it's SKA dammit, and they are energetic and
thus good for jumping around like a spastic moron, aaaaaah, just go buy it,
(The review comes from "Chinawhite" and was taken from issue
#9 of the music ezine called DEAD ANGEL. For more info about the ezine get in
contact with email@example.com.)
Gimix from Fort Worth
The Gimix are a Ska/Punk/Funk band from Fort Worth, Texas and
surrounding areas. They are composed of a few college students(TCU),
and a few dropouts. Check em' out!|
(From RJ at rbjohnson@DELTA.IS.TCU.EDU)
They're on the run from a little town in south Texas. On the way
though, they bust out some awesome third wave ska. This band is very
skankable, very cool, and very Christian. Check 'em out, you won't
(From Chris at firstname.lastname@example.org)
The Gops from
The Gops are a keen ska and punk band from Houston. Check out
the page (here or
for concert info, band profiles, cool pictures, flyers,
ads, artwork, and more! They've been playing all around the
Houston area so pick up a flyer and don't miss the show.|
(From Dwaine at email@example.com)
The Graduates from Dallas
The Graduates are a new MEATY Dallas Based Ska band working their way
towards world dommination! Sounding sometimes somewhat like Skankin Pickle,
the Grads also have some Swing and Big Band influences, doing a prelude of
the classic Benny Goodman tune "Sing, Sing, Sing!" The Grads have just
recently released a new 5 song tape that promises a good time to all who
Grown-Ups from Dallas
(But they're still recording stuff!)
If you like your ska with a few robots on the side, a sprinkle of girl
trouble, and a dash of Star Wars, check out the Grown-Ups from
Dallas, Texas. Original ska with the 2-Tone touch. For more info write
or e-mail GrownUps@aol.com.
Dallas, TX 75214
(From Dave and Christopher at GrownUps@aol.com)
Loaded from Houston
Half Loaded is an eight member ska band str8 from that H-town scene.
Let it be known that we don't mess around and we know where you live.
Half Loaded has played with the Blue Meanies, the Hippos, Los Skarnales, Home
Grown, Middlefinger, the Grown-Ups, the Suspects, Mustard Plug, the
Skatalites, the Pilfers, and Mephiskapheles. Formed from members of the
Mod Squad, we promise to put on a good show. Come check
the web site
to see what we're all about. It has sound files, upcoming show
info, and booking information just to wet your appetite. Also, keep your eyes
open for our new CD, "You Do The Math," in stores now!|
(From Patrick at firstname.lastname@example.org)
Guacamole! from Richmond/Katy
Holey Guacamole! is a ska band from Richmond and Katy, both just outside of
Houston. We play that third wave ska with some punk thrown in for flavor.
Contrary to what some people have said, we are still together! We've played
with such bands as Against All Authority, Blanks 77, Boy Kicks Girl, Half
Loaded, and Skavoovie and the Epitones. Check out the website that Jeremy is
at a feverish pace to update all the time. Keep your eyes open for our big
return show, and possibly a new CD in the fall. For info, or if you want us
to play near you, contact us at HOLEYGUAC1@aol.com.|
(From Mike at email@example.com)
Choice from Houston
The Housewives Choice is a ska band from Houston, TX. Nobody
has ever heard of us except our friends and our parents. We
originally started as Jimmy Spitz,a shitty punk rock band with
franq, juan, skatt, and a guy named c.c. on bass. We played at
some church and at some guys party. Juan learned how to play
sax (okay, kazoo), we got another guitarist named rikki, some
fatass drunk on bass, and decided to play ska-punk. We then
evolved (not very much) into Tu Madre. That lasted a month or
two. We got rid of the the drunk, got ro-ro, and once again we
were Jimmy Spitz. Franq went to Alaska for the summer and we got
some guy to sit in for him, but no one can replace that fine
young man. Summer was over, ska was in our hearts, sex was in
our brains. We knew what must be done. We bought a goat and
formed The Housewives Choice.|
(From Franq at firstname.lastname@example.org)
Kick ass 4-part punk/ska band from Austin. They sound a little like
Weezer with a skank guitar. Very energetic live shows. They even have
a song about a teddybear! Oh yeah, and Gabe, their guitarist, is a really
nice guy. They can be reached at:
(From Brent at email@example.com)
P.O. Box 49712
Austin, TX 78765
Indestructible Huxtables from Houston
Ivy League from Lewisville
Ivy League is a punk\ska band (mostly punk) that has one horn player
(trumpet) who rarely plays but he's a cool guy. They contain all
teenagers. They are hoping to put out a 7" soon. They live near
Denton (Lewisville). Their influence are Falling Sickness, AFI,
Assorted Jellybeans, and Citizen Fish. If you would like to contact
the band then e-mail them at firstname.lastname@example.org
We would be glad to play a show.
John Q Public from Houston
John Q Public played about a dozen shows from August 1995 (the Abyss'
highest attended local show of '95) to March 1996 (the infamous "Skank
Patrick's Day" show.) During that time the band went through several horn
players, vocalists, and keyboard players. They stole the top award at the
1996 Clear Lake High School Battle of the Bands and electrified masses
of teenage girls with such hits as "Backpack Girl," "Too Bad," and a
sensational cover of Del Shannon's "Runaway." They opened for such acts as
MU330, Slapstick, and the Skastafarians, and had the honor of playing at
the Suspect's CD Release for "99 Paid." Former members can now be heard in
such bands as UTA, Supermarket All-Stars, Broken Span, and the
If you want to be in a ska band, contact Steven Q Public at
email@example.com and he will kiss
you on the lips.
(From Rob at firstname.lastname@example.org)
The Knubs from Carrollton
Kung-Fu Monkeys from
Liquid Cheese from El
Sam on Trumpet, Vocals
John Michael on Sax, Vocals
Ricky on Trombone
Luke on Sax
Roy on Guitar
Kieron on Guitar
Roland on Bass
Gabe on Drums
(From Laura at Tadpole8me@aol.com)
Los Skarnales from
Los Skarnales is a Latino power surf ska-punk band from spring
branch and north side Houston. They've played together for about 2 years
now and mix both Spanish and English into their set. They've played
with Slaphappy, the Blue Meanies, Skankin Pickle and others in Houston.
Recently they played DMZ and TacoLand in San Antonio. They are
currently working on their Texas Tour. Moon Records is considering
placing the band in their 1996 comp of Latino Ska. The band is also
part of the movie soundtrack for Pain Flower. A movie filmed in Texas'
Rio Valley on gangs to be released at the Corpus Christi Chicano Movie
Fest and possibly at Sundance. The band has just released a full length
cassette w/19 professionaly recorded songs. It is on their own label
Pinche Flojo Records and is available for $7.00. The band was Public
News' (A Houston Alternative Newsweekly) Latino Pick for 1994
when they were called Desorden. Their following has been growing slowly and
their mixture of Spanish language songs with English songs has attracted a
Latino following as well.|
For more information write to them at:
PO BOX 431212
or contact them through Joshua @ Severed Image:
Houston, TX 77243-1212
3227 Milam St
Houston, TX 77006
For faster response E-Mail us: Gosevered@aol.com
(From Josh at Gosevered@aol.com)
Luco Brasi from
The Mod Squad
MoneyPenny from Austin
From the scarce remains of The Bowler Boys, comes MoneyPenny. A
new ska band on the Austin scene, reviving some of the greatest Bowler
Boys tunes, adding some Specials, some Clash, and some Marley
to put on one hell of a show. Most recently appearing at the Flamingo
Cantina, and already booked for a Feb. 21 show at VooDoo Lounge, in
Austin, we are working on shows at Fat Tuesdays and Tropical Isle, all
on 6th Street. We are also working on booking shows in Waco and
(From Justin at email@example.com)
Jerrold? from Arlington and Cleburne
My Names Jerrold? is a ska punk band from Arlington and Cleburn who are
looking for horn players. Come to our page for more info...
(From Jeremy at firstname.lastname@example.org)
Navin's Thermos from
These specimens of human perfection make music, and they make it extremely
well. These are rock stars through and through and they know it - they
have a lot of freaking attitude. Then again, you'd be cocky too if you
wrote music that was going to change the world. Oh, and have you seen
them? Bands do NOT come better looking than they do. Beautiful, svelte,
handsome, whatever you want to call them, they look damn good.
David Hasselhoff watch out - Navin's Thermos is coming to Germany...
(From Nate at email@example.com)
from Clear Lake
Rules from Houston
O'Doyle Rules is the official ska-dork three man jamming mofo band.
Straight out of North Houston we are begining our rise to fame with
our stupid songs and killer harmony. GO SEE US!!!
Pimp Daddy Dork--aka--Scott: Geetar and vocals
So come out and see us play, and maybe we'll take you out for pancakes.
Brother Hone--aka--Matt: Bass and back-up vocals
Kid with Strict Parents--aka--Aaron: Drums and back-up vocals
(From Scott at Whytb0y@aol.com)
Double from Fort Worth
On the Double is a ska band from Fort Wort. It's members live in Fort
Worth and Denton. We have been together since April 1997. In November
we recorded our first CD entitled DayOne. We have eight members
including two saxes and two trombones.
Our website is at: http://members.rediff.com/onthedouble/twotone.htm
Contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Miles From Anywhere from Dallas
The Options from El Paso
The Options play a unique catchy style of 3rd wave Ska, Punk, and 2 Tone and
are known for unusual noises that come out of their horn section! The horns
rarely play the same thing as one another, their harmonies are like none other!
The Options are (were):
(Dexter went on to join Spoiler, though...)
toasty on bass!
shorty on g-tar!
dexter on drums!
mut on vocals!
ibm on trumpet!
yucko on sax!
Pen15 from Plano
The Polecats from Houston
The Polecats are a ska-core outfit who's members are:
Kelly Harper - Guitar and Vocals
(From Mike at email@example.com)
Craig Lawrence - Bass
Neil Wass - Drums
Jeremy Mills - Sax
Mike Towber - The Happy Horn (Euphonium)
The Quips from Austin
Hey, we're The Quips! We're a 5-piece ska/punk band from Austin consisting
of Devin King on lead vox and guitar, Dan McIntosh on bass and vox, Nathan
Hager on drums, James Bailey on trombone, and Noah Kelly on trumpet. We
started out two years ago as a three piece and now we rock the kazbah not
only as a five piece but as juniors in high school. Okay, all this stuff is
really stupid. You will never know us by name and you probably don't care
whether we're juniors or not. All you care about is if we rock. Well we can
promise you that if you come to see us we will not only rock but you also
might get a blow-up zebra or giraffe (or even an 8-track, and who has enough
8-tracks?). So I guess you should move along to the next band now, we don't
have much more to say except "The Quips Rock!"|
The Resistors from San Antonio
Alright kids, are you ready for
the next Ska band out of San Antonio, Texas? As if Spies Like Us wasn't
enough, The Resistors are an 8, soon-to-be-nine, member Ska band that
hopes to keep your feet moving for many years to come. The Resistors
repertoire consists of a "Third Wave"/traditional style of Ska with a few
punk twists that'll keep all the Rudies happy! Look for us out on tour
with Spies and hopefully many others. So put your dancin' shoes on, hold
onto your braces, and Skank-It-Up with the Resistors! We're gonna be
planning a summer tour of Texas and maybe farther so, if you have a place
for us to play in your town, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.|
The line-up is as follows:
Skip Brooks - bass
(From Gerald at email@example.com)
Gerald Hooper - vocals, guitar
Chris Polansky - drums
Keith Lewdey - backup vox/toasting
Jeremy Garza - tenor sax
Laith Fisk - trumpet
Chris de la Peņa - alto sax
Dave Ludy - trombone
Al Luther - backup vox
Parking from Houston
Houston ska at it's finest. A culturally diverse band with diverse music.
Juan - vocals
(From Brad at firstname.lastname@example.org)
Brad - drums
Derrick - trumpet
Jethro - guitar
Eric - sax
James - guitar
Thomas - bass
Dance from Houston
Five rude boys and two rude girls who love to twist and jerk, mosh,
and mod ska dance (just what the name would imply). We're grounded in
Houston, but cover Texas. We have appeared with MU330, Gals Panic, and
numerous Texas Ska bands. We have all quit our day jobs to squander the millions of
dollars we have generated by playing Ska music in Texas. We
wallow in idle decadence and moral decay. So if you are in or around Houston,
check us out - hey, we might throw money at you. For more info contact us at:
St. Vitus Dance
or E-mail us at email@example.com
P.O. Box 27074
Houston, Texas 77227-7074
(From Ruel at firstname.lastname@example.org)
Secret Agent 8
from Texas City
Secret Agent 8, a 10 piece band, was conceived in February 1996 in
Texas City, an industrial area on the Texas Gulf Coast between the cities
of Houston and Galveston Island. Two of their original songs are
featured on the Ska music compilation CD "Texas Ska Volume 1" on Pinche
Flojo Records. In the summer of 1998 they recorded their first
full-length release at SugarHill Recording Studios in Houston.
Their self-titled debut CD was released November 6th, 1998, on their
independent label, 008 Records, and contains twelve of the group's original
After winning the Ernie Ball sponsored Battle of the Bands 2 at the Abyss in
Houston, they went on to perform in the Vans Warped Tour at the Astro Arena.
They placed first in the Ernie Ball International Battle of the Bands 2
Semi-Finals in Long Beach, CA on November 8th, 1998, and will now go on to
compete in the Finals which will be held in Los Angeles, CA in January, 1999.
They have opened for bands such as The Scofflaws, Regatta 69, Reel Big Fish,
Magadog, Mobtown, The Robustos, Skoidats, Skanic, and The Blue Meanies.
(From Secret Agent 8 at email@example.com)
SFL from Houston
Shut Up and
Dance from East Texas (mostly)
Shut Up and Dance is an all girl ska band from different parts of Texas,
but mainly the East. We just started recently, but we don't suck too bad.
We sound kinda third wave, kinda poppy ska. There's five of us between
15-18. I'd say we sound kinda like Buck o' Nine with Save Ferris vocals, but
not because we're all girls. Okay, anyway, we don't have a big list of
shows that we've played with big bands because we haven't played with any
big bands. But if you want us to play (you know you do), you can
contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
(They changed their name to I Like You (As A Friend))
(From Brea at email@example.com)
Skamakozi from Houston
The Skastafarians from Dallas
In addition to their influences of Jamaican folk and backbeat British
rock, The Skastafarians add their own blend of jazz and rock to
create an original "third generation ska" sound. Formed two years ago in
Dallas, this seven piece ska band has played regularly around Texas
as well as a tour of the Southwest after releasing their debut album,
Drink More Courage, in August of 1994.
The Skastafarians' live shows pay tribute to two-tone legends The
Specials, ska-core rockers The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, ska-
revivalists The Toasters and unexpected artists including The Doors and
Morrisey. However, the band's strength is its distinctive horn driven sound,
driving rhythm section and explosive stage performance. The Skastafarians
have just expanded the distribution of Drink More Courage to include
Europe and Australia and the band will be back in the studio in March to
record a new song for the upcoming Skanarky II compilation album due for
release by Elevator Music.
(From Andy at firstname.lastname@example.org)
Skate Or Die
from Round Rock
Skate or Die is a 4 piece ska/punk/tejano band out of Round Rock, Texas,
which is all of 7 minutes north of Austin. We've been around for about a year
now and have spread our love, and our seed all over the Austin area. The band
Owen - Vocals, Kung-Fu
We've played with a lot of great bands and have 2 releases, both available
through us. For information, booking, or anything like that: Skateordie@mailexcite.com.
Ryan - Guitar, Tae-Kwon-Doe
Bryan - Bass, Ninjitsu
Charlie - Drums, Karate
(From Bryan at Skateordie@mailexcite.com)
Skatterbrains from Corpus Christi
Well there is Omar M on bass and vocals, Kye S on Guitar and vocals,
Vince V on drums, Jose A on Trombone and Leslie C on Sax!
I guess we have a Less Than Jake sound with a mix of our own shit!
The Skawalkers from Dallas
The Skawalkers formed in May of 1997 and have quickly become one of Dallas'
premier ska bands. The band has constantly been bringing their unique
sounds to all of the DFW haunts, and have also ventured to several other
Texas cities. The Skawalkers are directly influenced by The Grown-Ups
and also fuse influences from surf, reggae, all brands of ska, and a punk
rock attitude to create the ultra hip now sound that the jedis produce.
The Skawalkers have released a split 7" with The Hollywood Rivals from
Minnesota on Cousin Eddy Records. Also look for several other releases
by The Skawalkers in 1998! When the jedis come to your town, don't miss
out on their one of a kind live show! Contact The Skawalkers at
more show and merchandise info.|
(From Chad at email@example.com)
Slaphappy from Houston
Special Guests from Corpus Christi
The band consists of six members. One lead singer and back-up guitarist,
Brent Bischoff. One lead guitarist and back-up vocalist, Kenny Thornton.
Lucas Braley is the bassist. George and John are the horns, which consist
of a trumpet and trombone. (Still looking for a saxophone player...)
Danny the Man is the drummer. The Special Guests play any show they can
find a ride to. Some of the bigger names they've played with are The
Suspects, Mustard Plug and The Mad Caddies at Ska-La-Palooza, and for
all you San Antonio locals, Spies Like Us and The Resistors. Right now
they have a demo out, self titled, and are looking for a record label in
the area of South Texas. The demo has seven songs, with the loudest crowd
response to "New Scene" and "I Can't Dance." The Special Guests are
skankin' the crowd to the pit!|
(From Kurt at firstname.lastname@example.org)
Spies Like Us from San Antonio
Behold, the first ska band out of San Antonio, Spies Like Us!
Bringing you the traditional sounds of ska with surf and reggae
Spies is an eight piece band consisting of trombone, trumpet, guitar,
drums, bass, keyboards, and two vocalists. In the first ten months
after we started, we played over fifteen shows in cities all over south
Texas including San Antonio, Houston, Seguin, New Braunfuls, and
Corpus Christi. We've played with other Texas bands including
Slaphappy, The Grown Ups, Los Skarnales, The Suspects, and The
Contradicks. We have also played with some out of state bands (like
Cherry Poppin' Daddies, Less Than Jake,
Let's Go Bowling, The Pietasters, Reel Big Fish, Regatta 69,
The Rudiments, Skankin' Pickle, The Skunks, and Slapstick...)
If we ever come to your town or if you are ever in ours, come see
the band that keeps your feet movin'!
Let us know if you're interested in a copy of our demo (and there's a CD
on the way...).
(From Chris at email@example.com and Sean at LSankey@msn.com)
The Stingers from
We describe our music as forward-thinking rocksteady and
reggae mixes with deep roots in Jamaican and American soul.
We're based in Austin, but we are visible around the world, live and
on record. We have just been signed to Grover Records (Germany)
and recorded a record here with Victor Rice producing. Our new
mp3's are up and waiting to be heard.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org for booking and
(From Jonny at email@example.com)
The Sunday School Allstars from Belton
The Sunday School Allstars are a 7 piece ska band from the University
of Mary Hardin Baylor in Texas. Some of the members were seen in the
former ska band, Sideshow Cafe. The Sunday School Allstars enjoy going
crazy for the Lord while on stage and destroying each other in Goldeneye
for the Nintendo 64. Be checking their webpage for a chance to see
them when they come to a city near you.
The Supermarket All Stars from Houston
We are a crazy bunch of guys from Houston that play energetic punk-ska
and have a great time doing it. Last summer we toured the East Coast
for 3 weeks with Less Than Jake and had the time of our lives. At the
moment we have a split 10" with Injury, a rad punk band also from
Houston, on Elevator Music. It will go to CD in a few months with 3
more songs from each band. Be on the lookout for us in your town as we
tour the country this summer.
(Well, sort of. They changed their name to Last Summer and
don't play Ska anymore...)
Email us cause we'd love to hear from ya!
(From Darin at firstname.lastname@example.org)
The Suspects from
The Suspects are a nine member band from Houston that play
a mix of ska, reggae and rock. Since their inception in the
summer of 1993, The Suspects have released four CDs, toured
the midwest, and won a sack full of local awards (including best
Punk/Ska Band, Best World/Reggae Band, and Song Of The Year).
(From Bill at email@example.com)
The Thriftys is a ska band from the center of Houston whose influences range
from Ornette Coleman to Peter Tosh. The Thriftys want to colaborate the old
school ska sound with legendary music that has been passed aside. For that,
the Thriftys come from an approach showcasing the horn section. The music has
many Jazz and Brazilian ties to it but it is still keeping it real... or something like that.
(From Paco at Shhhhh3040@aol.com)
Throw It At Your
Brother from Austin
Too Hectic from Denton
Websters defines Hectic as anything causing feelings abnormal to a person
place or thing. So you can imagine what Too Hectic does to people. In other
words... we suck. But that doesn't mean that after a six pack or so, you
can't remedy that situation and have a romp-stompin skankin wanker of a time
with us. If you like the punch in punk music and the upbeat rhythm of ska,
by golly, you might just like Too Hectic.
Too Hectic is:
Mike "I'm a ladies man" Hectic - vocals
our porn section...
Big Bad Mr. Burly - electric twanger
Jason (Master)Bates - bass
Jessie - drums and Colt .45
Collin "Frankie Avalon" Irons - saxes
And there you have it, all that is Hectic. Ya right, but if for some reason
you want info on shows or Jason Bates porno career, E-mail Burly or Mike at
Funky Winkerbean (but we call him Phillip) - trumpet
(From Burly at Mrburly11@aol.com)
20 Inch Long
Vent-o-lators from Houston
Victims of Circumstance from Rosenberg
The Victims of Circumstance are a ska/punk band (sorry, no horns...yet)
that got together almost a year ago. We're out in the middle of nowhere
(i.e. Rosenberg, TX... near Houston), but we've managed to play a few shows
at the standard Houston clubs. Here's an interesting note: our vocalist is
a girl, but don't expect to see a jewel on her forehead in a pathetic
attempt to be Gwen Stefani. Our sound is variable, depending on our mood
swings, but for the most part, one can expect fast ska-based dancing tunes
and punk rock in the tradition of Operation Ivy, but not quite--our singer
actually has a voice. For information on show dates, releases, and/or small
furry mammals please email Kelly at
(From Kelly at firstname.lastname@example.org)
Where's Arnie from Dallas
This new, fast growing ska/punk band seems to be taking over the scene
lately. Their killer harmonies, mixed with there energetic upbeat rhythms
make you wanna rip someone's head off. In the band's short existence they
have already played with such acts as The Ataris, Apocalypse Hoboken, The
Whyioughtas, O'Doyle Rules and many others. Be sure to check out one of
their unforgettable live performances in your area soon. For more info
and/or booking contact email@example.com.|
from Corpus Christi
A pop-punk band with a twist of ska from Corpus Christi.
(From Kye at WhoaSam1@aol.com)
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