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Ska Veterans The Pietasters Play The Space in Hamden on Sept. 27
When the Pietasters emerged from the D.C. ska scene in the early '90s, they already had a nice little niche carved out for themselves. They played some traditional ska and rocksteady, and they had your typical love songs and whatnot, but they also had lots of songs about... drinking hard. Their shows were high-energy, sloppy, bacchanalian, let's-drink-the-bar-dry fests, and college students loved them, though the band would occasionally reel it in with a laid-back traditional groove that also made them hip with the ska nerds. It's a tricky balance to appeal to both the underground punk/ska kids and frat boys simultaneously, but they walked that line expertly. Listen to the album The Pietasters are Strapped Live! to hear them at their peak of energy and vitality during this period.
By Mike Sembos
September 24, 2013