Fresh off their inaugural “summer of ska” Cranking & Skanking Fest, The Mighty Mighty BossToneS proudly announce HomeTown ThrowDown 21 which will take place December 28, 29, and 30 at House of Blues located at 15 Landsdowne Street in Boston. All shows are all ages, and Sunday, December 30 is an afternoon matinee, with doors opening at 4pm. Tickets are $25 and go on sale today through Ticketmaster
https://www.ticketmaster.com/venueartist/9044/741500?camefrom=LN_TCNYCCTBOSTON_SMPD_FB_CT_Announce_10022018_417665_MMB. Opening acts will be announced shortly.
“We had a tremendous time,” shares BossToneS’ frontman Dicky Barrett, launching our first ever Cranking & Skanking Fest in Worcester this summer. This was an idea we’ve been sitting for way too many years, that finally came to fruition and went off without a hitch. Worcester welcomed us with open arms and it was an absolute thrill to host reggae legends Toots & The Maytals, long-time pals Fishbone, The Bouncing Souls, The Pietasters, Big D & The Kids Table, Planet Smashers, and the Doped Up Dollies.”
Barrett continues, “2018 was a memorable year for The Mighty Mighty BossToneS. On top of The Cranking & Skanking Fest we also released our 10th full length studio album While We’re At It and it’s difficult to bring up the new album without also mentioning – it’s so damn good! We wrap the year up like we wrap them all up, for the twenty-first time we get to throw our favorite party in our favorite city.”
While We’re At It (2018, Big Rig Records), was released in June, the BossTones’ first studio album in ten years. Produced by Tim Hutt, Barrett describes the collection as “angrier than expected. It’s an honest record. In this climate I can’t just say, ‘Hey, let’s all be cheerful and put on our ska shoes.'” Barrett went on to explain how the current climate in politics is a driving force behind its poignant and at times, heated sound: “It feels like unhinged hatred. And the wheels are coming off, but not fast enough for me. For me the whole thing is just lies on top of hatred on top of really stupid thinking. So yes, all that is going to get into the music. It has to.”
While We’re At It is available digitally via iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, Spotify and Apple Music. Double LP (on green and cream vinyl) and CD available via BossToneS’ online store at www.bosstonesmusic.com and at all good record stores.
The Mighty Mighty BossToneS
Dicky Barrett vocals
Joe Gittleman bass
Lawrence Katz guitar
Chris Rhodes trombone
Tim “Johnny Vegas” Burton saxophone
John Goetchius keyboard
Joe Sirois drums
Leon Silva saxophone
Ben Carr Bosstone
The Mighty Mighty BossToneS became the ambassadors of the 90s ska explosion by forging new territory and being one of the first, if not the first to cross high-energy ska with hardcore punk. Over a 30-year career Boston’s best dressed band has built and continue to build a devoted following with their unique brass-infused brand of punk rock.
The band started to make a lot of noise which garnered major label attention and in 1993, the BossToneS signed a major-label deal with Mercury Records and released Don’t Know How to Party, and 1994 saw the band paying homage to their hardcore roots with a mini-album titled, Ska-Core, the Devil and More, as well as the full-length Question the Answers. A year later, the Boston boys were coerced into appearing in the film Clueless, which has since become a cult classic, performing “Where’d You Go,” and “Someday I Suppose,” two of their most popular songs to date; they also landed a main-stage slot on that summer’s Lollapalooza tour.
In 1997, Let’s Face It become the band’s biggest-selling album to date; certified platinum, buoyed by the success of the anthemic “The Impression That I Get.”
In 2003, with individual members already involved in other projects and the band essentially having toured non-stop since 1991, they announced they were going on hiatus. During this time, frontman Dicky Barrett became a staple as the announcer on ABC’s late-night talk show Jimmy Kimmel Live.