ORANGETREE – “Fixing Stupid” CD – (JUMP025)

Orangetree is the much-anticipated new project from ex-MU330 vocalist Jason Nelson, and in two short years this St Louis troop is being deemed the next big ska-influenced act to come from the Midwest, hot on the heels of Telegraph, Blue Meanies, Mustard Plug, and Suicide Machines. A powerful modern ska-rock force playing shows all over, Orangetree creates an unforgettable audio assault that takes the listener on the ride of their life: falsetto-ridden vocals, strong lyrics, grinding Continue reading ORANGETREE – “Fixing Stupid” CD – (JUMP025)

THE PARKA KINGS – “Where’s the Afterparty?” CD – (JUMP024)

The Parka Kings formed in 1993 in one of the Midwest’s hottest music city’s: Detroit. Early appearances on the first two American Skathic compilations endeared the band to thousands of fans worldwide, paving the way for two successful albums, “23 Skidoo” in 1995 & “Bienvenidos” in 1997, plus recent tracks on Universal’s Ska American Style, Jump Up!’s Smash Your Radio, and Scoot! Magazine’s free April ’98 CD sampler. After dominating the Detroit scene for six years, the band Continue reading THE PARKA KINGS – “Where’s the Afterparty?” CD – (JUMP024)

THUMPER – “Songs From the Grave” CD – (JUMP023)

Jump Up! Records is pleased to present the latest release from one of the seminal bands of the recent ska boom, Thumper. Formed in 1991 Thumper has sold over 20,000 albums, appeared on over twelve national and international compilations, and toured much of the U.S. and Canada many times over. Their 1995 album “No One Left The Disco Alive” charted as high a 118 on the CMJ. Lauded for their unique blend of ska, punk, and metal Thumper has had an important influence on the face of Continue reading THUMPER – “Songs From the Grave” CD – (JUMP023)

PEACOCKS – “In Without Knocking” CD/LP – (JUMP022 – OUT OF PRINT)

The Peacocks are Switzerland’s most notorious rockabilly/ska band, whose explosive shows have got them opening slots with the Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Voodoo Glow Skulls, Citizen Fish, Mu330, Toasters, Slackers and many more. Formed 7 years ago, this energetic trio plays a mixed style of fast, swinging Punk songs with catchy sing-along refrains, cool Rockabilly-rhythms and sprinkled ska beats: never too hard, but unbelievably fast & full of energy. The band toured America in 1997 with a arts grant from the Swiss government, and will be returning to the States this coming summer. Appearances on Jump Up’s  “Smash Your Radio!” compilation and Asian Man’s “Misfits of Ska 2” have introduced the band’s unique sound to over 30,000 adoring fans.

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THE STAND – “Point of View” CD – (JUMP021)

Chicago’s The Stand! formed three years ago under the name Racecar, hitting the midwest ska/punk scene hard including high profile shows at The Metro, House of Blues, and the legendary Fireside Bowl. Their pop boy/girl vocal harmonies made them quick favorites, and their appearance on Jump Up’s “Everything Off-Beat 2” CD brought their music to nealry 5000 new fans worldwide. A few years Continue reading THE STAND – “Point of View” CD – (JUMP021)

FIRST GRADE CRUSH – “It’s Not You, It’s Me” CD – (JUMP020 – OUT OF PRINT)

First Grade Crush was started under the name The Skallops in early 1995, and have since then turned into a significant Chicago-area ska-punk force by adding a full horn section and theramin, the experimental sound-manipulating device made famous by early electronica pioneers. These additions have created an exciting new musical style, powerful rock influenced by hyper ska, hardcore, emo, indie, & punk. Their extensive touring has included shows at Chicago’s House of Blues and Metro with Continue reading FIRST GRADE CRUSH – “It’s Not You, It’s Me” CD – (JUMP020 – OUT OF PRINT)


Chicago is known for developing the New Sound of ska-punk, but ’99 sees an exciting new band dash out of the 3rd largest city of America! Runforyerlife inject a warm, wholesome spirit into ska music: Carribean rhythms, groovy acid-jazz breaks, piercing horn lines, infections off-beats, and powerful girl pop-vocals. Affirming, positive messages about relationships, empowerment of women, religion, growing-up and interpersonal conflict, this debut album is a direct reaction to the aggressive Continue reading RUNFORYERLIFE – Self-Titled CD – (JUMP019 – OUT OF PRINT)

SKAPONE – “Bold New Flavor” CD – (JUMP017 – OUT OF PRINT)

If you count it’s earlier incarnation as STATE OF EMERGENCY, this Chicago ska outfit has been around for at least a decade, minding its own business even as ska became a youth cult and a commercial powerhouse on modern rock radio. Often tagged as “traditionalists”, tending the flame lit in Jamaica in the 60’s and fanned by English 2-TONE in the late 70’s, this new album is an irreverent mix of ska, R&B, punk, rap, and the kitchen sink. For example, ‘So Bad” begins with a delerious rap, syncopated Continue reading SKAPONE – “Bold New Flavor” CD – (JUMP017 – OUT OF PRINT)

TELEGRAPH – “Quit Your Band” CD EP – (JUMP016)

After spending their first three years under the moniker The Skolars, the band changed it name in 1997 to “Telegraph” for a number of reasons. For one, the use of “ska” in band names was a bit tired, and the band wanted to convey that this was a new era, a new unit, with a sharper writing flair that doesn’t always incorporate ska. Their first album was re-released under the new name, and to date this record has sold just over 10,000 units. Compilation appearances on Asian Man’s Misfits of Ska 2 Continue reading TELEGRAPH – “Quit Your Band” CD EP – (JUMP016)