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.
Unfortunately, we were forced to cancel 2 shows this week; the Fillmore in Charlotte, NC on Thursday and the 311 Pow Wow in Florida Friday August 5th.
Aaron Barrett was rushed to the hospital Wed. Night after a concert at the Norva in Norfolk, VA because of a high fever and extreme abdominal pain.
Doctors performed a procedure to remove an abscess of infected fluid from his abdomen. This life threatening issue was a complication of his recent appendix operation In June.
After 2 days in the hospital, he is now in stable condition and
the current tour with Streetlight Manifesto will continue Sat. August 6th in Ft. Lauderdale, FL at the Revolution.
Happy New Year. We hope you all have had a relaxing break from school & work and had time to spend with family and friends during the holiday season. We have some bitter sweet news to officially announce that some have already known or figured out regarding Scott Klopfenstein trumpet player and background vocalist of Reel Big Fish. Out of respect, to allow a solid decision we felt it was best to hold off on sharing the news until Scott was ready to give a full statement. Please read his announcement below, we all wish him and his family happiness and continued success.
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 2011 and beyond.
Message from Scott:
It is with overwhelming mixed emotions that I write this letter to announce my departure from Reel Big Fish. This decision has weighed heavily on the heart and mind of my wife and I. We found out in September that we were pregnant with our first child. A baby girl. We spent many nights debating back and forth over the subject of how to best arrange our lives to create the most safe and comfortable environment for our daughter. After much deliberation, we arrived at the conclusion that there was no way to create the home we envisioned without us both being present, to watch over and participate in the building of that home. Brick by loving Brick. In light of this announcement, I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you from the bottom of my heart. Thank you all for making one of the most important phases of my life as beautiful and rich as anything I have ever known. The man I stand as today is a direct byproduct of all of you wonderful people who have allowed myself and the rest of the guys to be apart of your lives. Those of you who have allowed us to entertain you in an attempt to make real human connections through our music. You all are true blessings in my life and I will never forget all that you have done for the band, my bandmates, my family and for me. I will deeply miss watching you all, as you dance, smile, sweat and sing along. No one could ask for a better group of fans, (fans almost seems like too crass a word to describe you all, but i lack a better word at the moment). Your love and support have always been the fuel that make Reel Big Fish continue to move forward. And when I tell my daughter stories of my time in the band, I will probably become misty eyed, like I am now, when I remember all of your beautiful faces. Please take care of yourselves and those around you. And remember, don’t let your dreams stand waiting in the wings. Invite them center stage. They need to be seen.