We’re so happy to announce a new band edition of this incredible 2021 album, now on green vinyl. California’s HALF PAST TWO formed in 2006 and has gigged with major national acts including Reel Big Fish, The Aquabats, Less Than Jake, The Skatalites, RX Bandits, The Selecter, The English Beat, Mustard Plug, and The Toasters. HALF PAST TWO are veterans of the ever-thriving Orange County ska scene, but their forward-thinking approach also aligns them with with ska’s bold new generation. Their recent single “Shine” was a highlight of the 2020 compilation ‘Ska Against Racism’ and truly forecasted the amazing new album we have here today! The album-making process took a little longer than usual due to COVID, but HP2 kept the momentum going by rolling out singles on a regular basis throughout 2020 and 2021 — first “Shine,” followed by “All About You,” “Mean Green,” and “Some Nights” – all included here on the new self titled album. As you can hear on the pre-release singles, Half Past Two pull inspiration from multiple eras of ska as well as anything from driving punk rock to shiny pop. They cite such influences as Reel Big Fish, Weezer, The Hippos, RX Bandits, and Mad Caddies, and they’re proud to coat their songs with a little sugar. ‘Bubblegum Ska” is honestly the best description for HALF PAST TWO and we can’t get enough of this wonderful 12-track album! Add their brand new “Something Blue” 7 inch or “Holidays” Picture Disc for a discount!
PAY ATTENTION RECORDS was a joint venture between SKA PUNK DAILY and JUMP UP, our debut compilation release TOO HECTIC sold out quickly in the fall of 2021 – since then flippers have been greasing fans upwards of $75 on eBay & Discogs. NOT COOL!! Bands asked for more, and fans wanted another shot at getting it – THIS IS YOUR LAST CHANCE! We’re filling the last sleeves with a random color repress! This 17 track compilation features unreleased and first time on vinyl selections from our favorite current Californian Ska bands – bringing you upbeat, catchy Ska Punk tracks – all personally selected by SKA PUNK DAILY’s fearless leader PHILLP! Let’s hope he relaunches the page once again, we all know he’s got mighty fine taste. Artwork created by Sam Grinberg who works for this little show you may have heard about called The Simpsons.
GET THE SKA PUNK BUNDLE! Add BOTH the debut vinyl release from Chicago’s BUMSY & THE MOOCHERS and the latest from Spain’s RED SOUL COMMUNITY for only $25 more!!! Two incredible ska punk bands lead by powerful women singers – discovering NEW MUSIC doesn’t have to break the bank! Continue reading Limited Repress! TOO HECTIC – CALIFORNIA SKA PUNK Compilation LP vinyl – 17 bands from the Golden State!
Back in print on CLEAR VINYL! If you’re looking for the quintessential Orange County ska-punk sound, look no further than THE STEP DAUGHTERS! A catch mix of 90’s Hellcat style punky street ska, equal parts British 2-Tone and American punk. Formed in early 2019 by scene veterans Eric Vedder (bass) and Jeremy Sandoval (guitar) alongside frontwoman Erin Smith-Norrick, Timothy Calacsan (keys), Kevin Erney (drums), and Colin Darby (sax). Don’t let their short time on the scene fool you, this group is comprised of all experienced musicians and have been linked to a handful of other great local acts at one time or another! Their track “F’in with my Head” held a spot in the “Ska Parade Top 5” for over 8 consecutive weeks and has been featured on Ricky Menace’s “Taxi TV.” Other fan favorites like their cover of “Fat Randy” and the original “Over It” have been featured on compilations like “Puro Desmadre” (Voodoo Glowskulls Tribute) and on SMELVIS RECORDS “SKALLOWEEN 2020”! Soon the band caught the ear of SKA PUNK DAILY and were featured on the groundbreaking California ska-punk collection “TOO HECTIC” in the summer of 2021. Tragically soon after the release of “TOO HECTIC” co-founder ERIC VEDDER passed away and the band spent the next few months picking up the pieces and rebuilding. JUMP UP is proud to be a part of this chapter in the STEP DAUGHTERS story releasing their debut 9 track album album as a tribute to ERIC VEDDER, and we are happy to say the band is active one again! Free Step Daughters stickers included in all orders!
Our debut release on PAY ATTENTION is also available on CD and cassette – two wonderful formats that flourished in the 90’s when the American ska punk sound was becoming an international force! CDs are in simple full color jackets limited to 300 – buy 2 for hella cheap and hook up a friend! Cassette Tapes on purple shells limited to 60 (there will be a second edition in October for Cassette Week 2021).