The Interrupters, Into The Wild (Hellcat Records 2022)

The fourth album from LA ska-punk band The Interrupters is out now: Into The Wild.

Breaking ground in 2011, Los Angeles ska band The Interrupters is comprised of Aimee Interrupter (vocals), Kevin Bivona (guitar), Justin Bivona (bass), and Jesse Bivona (drums). Their first album was self-titled and released in 2014, and was followed in two-year jumps by Say It Out Loud and Fight The Good Fight. The new one is pretty much on schedule, adjusting for the pandemic, and it is right on the mark as far as the band’s fans will be concerned.

“Anything Was Better” gets things going and has a decidedly Celtic punk structure, feel, and cadence to it, and that is one of the things I like most about the song. There is a catchy chorus, a snappy little lead guitar jam, and Aimee Interrupter’s fantastic voice. “As We Live” carries a Squirrel Nut Zippers vibe, and “Raised By Wolves” matches a light-hearted beat to a serious story. What a great beginning.

“In The Mirror” was the lead single, and its two million taps on Spotify testify to its popularity. It is one of the most California ska-ish tunes on the record, and appeals directly to the band’s multitude of fans. Then “Kiss The Ground” takes a hard turn into pop reggae, tilting the musical mirror in a corollary direction. That mirror gets smashed on the next one, “Jailbird,” an up-tempo clipper with a rousingly-singable chorus.

Throughout the fourteen song journey on the new album you can, in many ways, make what you want from the music. It is imminently enjoyable on the surface, so you can listen casually and be enormously entertained. If you want to dive a little deeper, listen more carefully and you will find meaning in the songs that seem to relate directly to you. However you want to take it, a dose of The Interrupters is good for what ails you.

I was hooked the first time I heard the band play a few years back. Since then I have been waiting for new music to hit the street and now it has. This is a great album. Recommended.

Into The Wild is out now through Hellcat/Epitaph Records. You can hear it at all the streaming services and pick up the physicals at the links below.

Links.

Bandcamp, https://theinterrupters.bandcamp.com/

Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/wearetheinterrupters

Hellcat Records, https://kingsroadmerch.com/hellcat-records/

Band shop, https://theinterrupters.store/

© Wayne Edwards

The Interrupters, Into The Wild (Hellcat Records 2022)