Reel Big Fish is a ska-punk band that came out of the Southern California ska-punk band boom
of the mid-90s. Along with other bands of that era like No Doubt and Sublime, Reel Big Fish employed hilarious on-stage antics,
new wave covers and a big of heavy metal thrown into the mix. They gained a considerable following during the height of the
ska-punk band craze of the 90s, and became a favorite on MTV and syndicated radio. And when they made an appearance in the
film "Baseketball" in the late1990s, they gained an even bigger following.
Today, they continue to record and perform
all over the country, reminding fans of the ska-punk era of their youth and gaining new fans who are discovering the genre
for the first time. The band recorded their first new album in five years in 2012 to critical-acclaim. Now, they are back
on tour pounding their classic tunes and introducing live audiences to their latest music.
bands are all about pushing limits and breaking rules. And that's exactly what Reel Big Fish did to break into the business.
The band began recording their own music in the mid-90s and self-released their first album, Everything Sucks, in 1995. The
album became a hit in underground ska-punk circles and on college campuses. This allowed the band to secure a record deal
with Mojo Records.
About the Artist
The band formed in the early 1990s in Huntington Beach, California
at the height of the ska-punk band craze of the mid-90s. Along with bands like No Doubt and Sublime, Reel Big Fish capitalized
on the moment and began drawing in the underground ska-punk fans. Reel Big Fish released their first demo in 1992. Their initial
effort didn't fare well, and with the departure of Ben Guzman, the band was left without a lead singer. Backup vocalist Aaron
Barrett stepped up to the plate and became the band's frontman.
With a new man at the helm, Reel Big Fish released their
first album as an independent band. Their first album, "Everything Sucks," wasn't making noise in the mainstream, but the
underground ska-punk crowd was eating it up. The news about this great new band spread by word-of-mouth and helped the band
land a deal with Mojo Records. They released their first studio album, Turn the Radio Off, in 1996, and began touring will
their latest music. Their song "Sell Out" became a huge hit, peaking at No. 57 on the Billboard charts and maintaining that
position for 32 weeks.
While their next album didn't live up to expectation of their first, the band regained its popularity
after appearing in the 1998 film BASEketball where they performed in the stands to rouse the crowd. The band spent the 2000s
attached to a major label, trying to find its footing in an ever-changing musical landscape. Through numerous lineup changes
and trouble with the label, the band found themselves becoming bitter and jaded with the major label experience. With disdain
in their hearts, they wrote and record We're Not Happy 'Til You're Not Happy, which chronicled their lives attached to the
After the release of their fourth album, they formed their own label and got to work releasing a live performance
set that was aptly called Our Live Album Is Better Than Your Live Album. Since then, the band has continued to record and
release new material. Today, they are back on tour with music from their latest album, Candy Coated Fury, and enjoying a renewed
enthusiasm in their music.
Reel Big Fish found their voice in the mid-90s when
the ska-punk band genre was saturated with a number of talented groups. Their first, self-released album, Everything Sucks,
was their ticket to a record deal after it became a huge hit with the underground ska-punk crowd. The record deal led to their
first studio album, Turn the Radio Off, which was a huge success. Their song "Sell Out" was a chart-topping success that put
the band on the map and earned them a spot on the charts for more than eight months. Since then, the band has continued to
enjoy success in the music world, gaining new fans with every performance.
With as much
youthful vigor as they had at the beginning of their career, Reel Big Fish takes the stage in a big way. As the theme to the
Indiana Jones films plays in the background, the band members take their positions on stage, going right into the first song
of their live set. Their youthful humor and excitement to be performing for a live audience is still there, and the fans can't
help but dance and sing along. The jazzy sounds of the trumpet gives the set a big band feel, and eases the audience into
the upbeat, signature ska-punk sound. Every moment is fun and carefree, and as enjoyable as ever.