Category: Dance Hall Crashers

Dance Hall Crashers – Lockjaw

ARTIST: Dance Hall Crashers DHC_Lockjaw
TITLE: Lockjaw
CHART ACTION: #8 Heatseekers
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Go was on a movie soundtrack
LINEUP: Elyse Rogers, Karine Denike, Jason Hammon, Scott Goodell, Mikey Weiss, Gavin Hammon
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: DHC jettisons the horn section, and makes a more punkish ska album. Same problem, though, the songs are too similar to each other.

SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: 14 songs in 40 minutes, and I can tell you it was somewhat entertaining and I did enjoy the first few songs. The punky ska with female voices and a more mature outlook is a pretty decent twist and a good listen. The lack of a horn section I think helps more than hurts – it makes them stand out from the rest of the third-wave (or is it fourth? I can’t keep track.,,) ska bands.

Yet, the same issues for Dance Hall Crashers pop up even without the horns. The songs all blur together. When shuffling an entire library, this is fine – but listening to a whole album is problematic. I couldn’t pick out a stand out cut or identify the singles.

Still, if you like your ska on the punkier side, this is a decent record to grab.

NOTES & MINUTAIE: Tim Armstrong from Rancid wrote one of the songs. I couldn’t tell what one it was unless I looked at the track list.


GRADE: B-: Good songs, no variety.

Dance Hall Crashers – Dance Hall Crashers

ARTIST: Dance Hall Crashers R-2931389-1307892947.jpeg
TITLE: Dance Hall Crashers
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Ska junkies maybe know a couple tracks…
LINEUP: Elyse Rogers, Karina Schwarz, Jamie McCormick, Jason Hammon, Joel Wing, Erik Larsen, Jason Bermak, Mat Snyder, Harvey Hawks
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: West coast ska band releases a debut album and gathers a rabid fan base but collapses as the record is released.

SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Ska, for me, can be problematic if there’s no variety in tempo, pace or sound. That’s the main problem I have with this record. It’s well-played, and the duo of female voices is quite unique in the ska-verse, but over the course of 12 tracks (plus the bonus tracks) it got a little bit old. That’s just my personal thing – I have a ska limit I guess.

The thing is, I can’t pick out a bad cut – they all were good, just same-y until the bonus tracks from 1992 that were released when the band got back together after they splintered in 1990.

All in all, I like DHC; I did when I saw them on 120 Minutes. I think this is one that would be good as part of a ska playlist on random where it’s not cut after cut after cut.

BTW – One cut didn’t make the transition between the first reissue and the second, for some reason.

NOTES & MINUTIAE: The early history of DHC is tangled. In fact, it was really an offshoot of Operation Ivy, but Matt Freeman and Tim Armstrong left early on. Wing and Larsen were the only two left from the original band when they recorded this.

IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: Yep. Moon Records added on singles and compilations cuts calling it 1989-1992 and then later The Old Record.

GRADE: B-: Basically, for the repetitive sound of the actual album, the later bonus cuts add a little variety.