Wicked brew 

click to enlarge Leave it to a man in a pro wrestlers mask to usher in the - fourth era of ska.
  • Leave it to a man in a pro wrestlers mask to usher in the fourth era of ska.

Even though it's been a decade since the third wave of ska brought us the likes of No Doubt, Sublime, Reel Big Fish and dozens more, the genre is alive and well in 2006.

In fact, if you talk to singer Frank Casillas of the Voodoo Glow Skulls, he'll tell you a fourth wave of ska appears imminent.

"Everything in music seems to be coming back around full circle," says Casillas, calling from his home in Bullhead City, Ariz. "It seems like once again, there is momentum for a lot of these bands."

The Voodoo Glow Skulls came together in the late "80s with their self-dubbed "California street music" sound, combining ska, punk and hardcore into a fiery brew of honest political commentary delivered in Spanish and English. A sense of gravitas has kept the Voodoo Glow Skulls credible, even as dozens of other acts have fallen into obscurity.

"We don't really have any gimmicks or anything," Casillas says. "I think a lot of our fans can relate to what we do."

While a new album is on the horizon for the Skulls, Casillas says its upcoming show is a career retrospective taking fans into the heart of this underrated genre.

"Ska/punk is really energetic," Casillas says. "You can dance to it. You can slam-dance to it. You can stage-dive to it. I think it's going to be a breath of fresh air as opposed to a lot of the emo/alternative/indie pop stuff that's out there right now."


The Summer of Ska Tour, featuring the Voodoo Glow Skulls

The Black Sheep, 2106 E. Platte Ave.

Monday, July 17, 7 p.m.

Tickets: $12 in advance, $15 day of show, all ages; visit sodajerkpresents.com.


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