Southend Who presents: Cisco In The Aquarium + Friends, a celebration of the old school Southend Ska Punk Scene!

 

On Friday January 5th 2018, Southend Who is proudly presenting an evening of Southend ska-punk to celebrate an era that was positively thriving in the early noughties!

Ska punk shows were a regular occurrence at Chinnerys back in 2000-2003, so we decided to get 3 of the best ska-punk legends back together as well as an appearance from one of the biggest characters from the scene for one night only at Chinnerys on Friday 5th January 2018. Here’s why we’re so excited!

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The ska pop princes back in the day, Cisco In The Aquarium were famous for their raucous live shows. Their loyal following were left heartbroken when they disbanded in 2005 when frontman James Kelleway moved to America. After a one off reunion show back in 2010, they’ve decided to have one last party at Chinnerys!
They were just kids when their legendary songs like ‘Tiffy Got A Texty‘ and ‘Flamin’ Nutcase‘ captured the hearts of the Southend music scene. Now they’re all grown up with a mission statement to get Southend skanking one last time!

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Slim Pickings – Breathing New Life Into The Southend Reggae Scene

The Southend ska/dub/reggae scene has always been an ever evolving community, with the likes of Goldmaster Allstars and Tallowah leading the charge. There are key players in this fraternity of musicians who are passionate about the goings on in this town, so when a group of them united to create Slim Pickings, it was clear that this was going to be something quite unique.

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Led by the charismatic Jack Roth, the eight piece dropped their latest single ‘One Life‘ last week off their debut EP ‘Too Broke To Smoke’ due for release in June through Khandha Records. This track is quite something; the reggae framework is lifted by off-kilter guitar solos and Aurelius’ rap helps to sit this contextually higher than other efforts. It seems they’re taking things to the next level, which is great for the Southend scene.

It’s nice to see such a polished video for this track too, shot on location in and around Southend, a great job from Vanloop Media.

This year will see Slim Pickings play some high profile shows in the summer to support their debut release, which is great for all of us. Stay tuned to their Facebook page for more information.