BlimeyOhRiley is a three-piece ska-rock band from the UK. Their recent self-titled release BlimeyOhRiley mixes rock, reggae, ska and swing. You don’t hear of a lot of bands playing ska these days do you? I feel like the genre almost ended somewhere in the mid ’90s. Of course there are still ska bands out there but ska was huge twenty years ago and I haven’t seen a resurgence since.
BlimeyOhRiley isn’t a straightforward ska band though. They don't’ always mix genres as they do just play a style for a song. Take for instance the opener “A Pinch Of Salt” which is a punk song somewhere between ’70s punk and NOFX.
The next song “The Horny Toad” is obviously a ska song with some elements of punk. It is catchy, fun and the English accent works very well in the song. “A No Hope” melds ska and reggae which isn’t that hard to do since the genres have so much in common.
“Swing Batter Batter” was a personal favorite. There is some high hitting energy on this song and it does in fact have a swing vibe on the verse. “Command And Conga” is a fairly straightforward song which has a couple of notable sections including a sleek breakdown around the two-minute mark with an impressive crescendo that leads back into the chorus.
The band closes strong with “Rapscallious” and “Whenever She Comes To Town.” “Whenever She Comes To Town” is one of the songs that blends many genres into a very noticeable way. BlimeyOhRiley is a fun band and in a way feels quite nostalgic for 2016. Anyone who has enjoyed some of the aforementioned styles will most likely enjoy some of what BlimeyOhRiley offers.
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