We just got back from our 7 week UK/Europe tour and we just can’t believe how amazing it was!
All the club gigs and festivals were so much fun, there wasn’t one bad show on the whole tour! We made lots of new friends and got to hang out with some old ones too! Awesome to see our friends from Sonic Boom Six, the Skints and Coolie Ranx too!
A reel big thanks to everybody who came out to see us play and support us, you guys rule!
A huge thank you to Ed Larsen from Suburban Legends for filling in on the drums this time around while the Rabbit AKA the Red Nightmare AKA Ryland Steen was off playing with the band America.
Ed is an awesome drummer, a swell human being and he makes one hell of a delicious margarita!
Also, huge thanks to the Magnus Puto and the Jellycats for supporting us at the UK club shows. Special thanks to Emma from the Jellycats for singing with us every night on “I Know You…” and “She Has a Girlfriend Now” too!
And a gigantic thank you to the Sigourney Weavers and Band Geek Mafia for their support on all our German shows! Great bands, great people, good times, that’s what a Reel Big Fish tour is all about!
Now it’s time for us to relax at home and have ourselves a beer before we head out on tour again!
Here’s some pics of our fondest memories of “the Don’t Stop Skankin’ European Vacation”:
Thanks to our new friends in Survay Says! for joining us on the 4th leg of the Don’t stop skankin’ tour! Awesome band and a fine bunch of gentlemen! It was a skatastic tour! Special thanks to all the local ska bands that opened up for us at the shows! Good to see that people out there are still keeping ska music alive!
Here’s some pics from the tour:
We’ve got some sad news everybody, Dan Regan, our trombone player for nearly 20 years has decided to retire from Reel Big Fish. The grueling, non-stop touring
lifestyle has been keeping him away from his wife and 2 babies too much and he wants to be home so he can concentrate on being a good dad (which is hard to do when
you’re out of town 300 days a year).
He’s also been rocking the trombone in this band since he was 16 years old (over half of his life!) and he’s decided he wants to make a change and pursue his dream of opening a brewery (ya gotta respect a man for wanting to make beer!). We are gonna miss the hell out of Dan, we’ve been doing this together a long time and we’ve been through so much together in the last 20 years. We are truly sad to see him go but we totally understand why he wants to leave and we wish him all the best in his new life out there in the real world (instead of the REEL world).
As for the rest of Reel Big Fish, we will continue to tour the world fronted by our original lead singer and song writer Aaron Barrett and hope to see you at the shows in 2014 and beyond.
Joining us on trombone for our upcoming tours will be our good friend Billy Kottage who has recently played with the Pilfers and Big D and the Kids Table to name a few.
Here is a message from Dan he wrote especially for all the RBF fans
Reel Big Dan Regan, here. Sad news, friends: I am retiring from Reel Big Fish. It’s been nearly 20 glorious, action packed years, with all of you. At this point in my story, I am needed at home. I have two kids who deserve to have a father around. While I’ve enjoyed watching you kids grow up (and keeping you older kids young), I feel that the best thing for me, right now is to jump off the road and get a job at home. I just miss my children too much, when I’m gone.
The Reel Big Fish guys, because they’re the best ever, have generously told me that I’m welcome back, any time. So don’t count me completely out. I may see you all yet again; especially at local LA/OC shows.This has been a great adventure and I couldn’t imagine spending it with better dudes. Aaron, Johnny, Ryland, Matt, Derek and the crew: Tom, Dave and Hoss – are some of the best friend I’ll ever know. Take care of them, for me. Show them you’re the craziest, most loving fans in the world. There’s lots more RBF touring in store: South America, North America, Australia, UK and Europe… it never ends. Go to these shows and rock out like maniacs. I want to hear your screams from all the way over here in Long Beach.Thanks so much for always bringing the party and treating this old trombone player like a rock star. From causing a riot at the Tower WOW record store, because we were just too handsome… to visiting nearly every brewery on planet earth, it’s been a wild ride.
I venture to Valhalla to feast with past members of RBF. We’ll link arms and sing the praises of our brothers still in the fray. By next year, I should have finished building a brewery. We’re calling her: Liberation Brewing Co. (LBC). If I cant tour and party with my friends, the next best thing would be to create a place and make them come to me. When you’re old enough, head to Long Beach for a pint and some tunes. I’ll be waiting with open arms. I love you all so much.
In the immoral words of one of my heroes:
“Hello, I must be going.
I cannot stay,
I came to say
I must be going.
I’m glad I came
but just the same
I must be going.” – Groucho Marx (Animal Crackers)
Keep dancing crazy, Be good to each other… and I’ll see you all in another life.
Finally back home after a long, hot, sweaty, noisy, sticky, stinky, sunburned, dirty, dehydrated, drunken and all together awesome Warped Tour 2013! We had an amazing time! Reel big thanks to everybody who came out to see us play, checked us out while they happened to be there or glanced in our direction as they waked by during our set! Glad we could make some new fans and friends! And thanks to all the Warped crew for making it all happen and to Kevin Lyman for letting us play our 5th USA Warped tour since 1997! Next up: South America in Oct., USA tour w/ Goldfinger in Nov. (dates up soon) and then We hit the UK in 2014 w/Less Than Jake and Zebrahead! See ya soon and Don’t Stop Skankin’!
Check out this video for “Everyone Else is an Asshole” from our latest album “Candy Coated Fury”
February 22 – 26th 2014 we’ll be playing on The Rock Boat a cruise ship that takes you from Miami, FL for 4 days around the Caribbean! We’ll be doing 3 different sets; 2 on the boat and one on the island of Great Stirrup Cay. Lots of other bands and fun times to be had, come join us! Book your trip now!
Good news everybody! Our NEW ALBUM “Candy Coated Fury” is available in stores and on-line right now! Pick it up today, we swear you’ll have a Ska-gazm!
We have some brand new music videos for songs from the new album that you should check out!
“Don’t Stop Skankin’ ” :
“I Know You Too Well to Like You Anymore” :
“I Dare You to Break My Heart” :
“Your Girlfriend Sucks” :
On July 31st, 2012 Reel Big Fish release their 7th studio album, Candy Coated Fury (Rock Ridge Music), an inspired and infectiously catchy return to the hyperkinetic ska and biting wit of the band’s beloved early albums. “This album is a lot like our first two albums. It’s got a lot of the same intensity, frantic energy in the music, and the same sarcastic sense of humor. I think these are the fastest songs we’ve done since those albums,” Aaron Barrett, founding vocalist, guitarist, and principal songwriter says. “We’re finally just doing what Reel Big Fish does best, and that’s what we did on those first two albums.”
“Candy coated fury pretty much describes what Reel Big Fish does,” Barrett says of the significance of the new album’s title. “It’s hateful, mean, sarcastic, and, sometimes sad lyrics, over happy, wacky, silly, joyous, fast music that makes you want to dance. This album is mostly love songs, but bitter, angry, hateful love songs. Just about everybody knows what it’s like to be in a bad relationship. These songs could be sung by a 15 year old about his first love-gone-wrong, or by a 55 year old about a bitter divorce after 30 years. They’re bad-relationship songs that everybody can relate to.”
Candy Coated Fury is Reel Big Fish’s first album of newly recorded original material in five years. Overall, it’s the seventh in the band’s twenty year history, and it feels as vital and vitriolic as RBF’s foundational releases. The record opens with the huge sing-along vocal, balmy horns, and hyperactive ska groove of “Everyone Else Is An Asshole.” The track is an exceptional distillation of Reel Big Fish’s classic euphorically-juvenile ska punk. The stately arena riffs in “I Dare You To Break My Heart” reference cock rock, new wave, and soul without sacrificing one iota of RBF’s signature simmering skank. “I listen to the Darkness a lot; it was only a matter of time till I wrote a song like this! I can’t really sing as high as that guy so this song sounds more like Kiss, if Kiss was a Motown band that played ska,” Barrett says, detailing the song’s diverse stylistic touchstones. The anthemic “I Know You Too Well To Like You Anymore” features some of Barrett’s finest cutely cruel lyrics. “I think that is an amazing bad-relationship song,” he laughs. “I really captured the hateful love of two people who were once madly in love, but have been together so long, they can’t stand the sight of each other anymore but still say ‘they drive me crazy, and I hate this and this about them, but I love them.’” No RBF album would be complete without playfully irreverent 1980s covers. The band rounds things out ska-ifying the Wonderstuff’s “Don’t Let Me Down Gently” and When In Rome’s “The Promise.”
Just an update:
RBF lead singer Aaron Barrett is in very good health after his release from the hospital last week and all shows on the current tour with Streetlight Manifesto will continue as scheduled.