Andrew Hamlin 11 a.m., Dec. 26
Sound description: Depending on how you feel about metallic ska, either Gogol Bordello with horns (plus a cello, accordion, and banjo), or the sound of your skull being bashed in by a trombone.
RIYL: Streetlight Manifesto, Buck O'Nine, the Specials, the Skank Agents, Madness, Squirrel Nut Zippers
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Inception: San Diego, 2004
Influences: Buck O'Nine, Tom Waits, Arrogant Sons of Bitches, Rancid, the Mountain Goats, MU330, Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra, Squirrel Nut Zippers, Django Reinhardt, Andrew W.K., Bomb the Music Industry, Estradasphere
“We are a hard rock ska band,” says Grim Luck. “We like to play our songs fast. And we like to have our horns loud.” The band’s Hollywood and comic book-inspired brand of rockin’ ska has earned them opening slots and festival gigs since 2004.
They released their fourth album Alexandra Volume II: The Dread in 2011.