Posts tagged ‘Coolidge’

November 4, 2022

Week Ender – Coolidge

The Omega to the Week Starter Alpha, Week Ender is the song we want to send you into the weekend with.

Indianapolis based ska / rock / power pop / kitchen sink band Coolidge have returned with a timely single called “My Rights” and we are, as the kids of yore said, here for it. A slow burn of a groove that showcases the band’s master of both rhythm and melody, it also adds to ska’s long history of activism with lyrics about the anti-democracy pile of shit the world has become current state of things. It swings but with an appropriate level of melancholic undercurrent for the topic. Don’t let that deter you from checking it out though, ska isn’t just about picking it up, it’s sometimes also about laying it down – ugly truths and all.

February 25, 2021

Talk Thursday to Me – Coolidge

Today we catch up with Coolidge’s Chris Smail and chat about making old influences new again and a few stand out songs from their new album Condition Transmission.

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August 24, 2020

While We Were Sleeping – Coolidge

While We Were Sleeping is our new segment where we check out releases that we missed during our lengthy hiatus. Today’s catch up is “The 5 Best Songs In The World” by Coolidge.

Gotta love the hyperbole of this EP’s title, but we would expect nothing less from Coolidge, a band that has always combined wry humor with great songwriting that blends rock and ska with undeniable pop sensibilities. Coolidge’s earlier releases put more emphasis on singer/guitarist Chris Smail’s penchant for Joe Jackson style of smart 80’s pop (especially their excellent sophomore release “Pop Star Baby”) but those instincts still shine through on T5BSITW’s much more ska flavored songs. Most of Coolidge’s members were in the much beloved third wave ska/rock/funk/party band Johnny Socko and this release is very much in the spirit of classic Socko. As they say distance makes the heart grow fonder, and this visitation to their old sonic stomping grounds has us smitten.

Check out all the Coolidge releases here: https://coolidgetheband.bandcamp.com/

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