The Mighty Mighty BossToneS are back in full swing supporting their brand new album, While We’re At It, which is said to be a collection of soon-to-be ska-core classics. The album chronicles both the ups and downs of life, promoting the hope for a better future. It’s an optimism that only few can capture and one that is blatantly apparent in The Mighty Mighty BossToneS’ live performance. Their stop in San Francisco is at none other than the beautiful Fillmore, joined on stage by Buster Shuffle and Los Kung Fu Monkeys.
Between the Royal Wedding and England’s recent advancement past the Group Stage in the World Cup, the UK has been all over the news as of late. London Town ska punk quartet Buster Shuffle took full advantage of this free publicity as they opened the night with a high energy performance that rocked the small but mighty crowd to show up for the first band of the night.
Directly supporting the headliner, Los Kung Fu Monkeys played a culturally motivated set that got the audiences excited. The band gave off a feel similar to a cross between Ozomatli and A Day to Remember, giving the crowd an energetic set that will be hard to forget.
Highlighting the evening, The Mighty Mighty BossToneS brought their Boston passion to the city of San Francisco. The Fillmore’s audience had filled out to capacity as the lights dimmed and a small section of ELO’s “Do Ya” came on the loudspeakers to hype the crowd before the band took the stage.
Dressed to the nines in white suits and sunglasses, the band gave off a very classic impression with their look. Their aura took the room back to a simpler time when music came from the heart and not from trends and monetary motivation.
Lead singer Dicky Barrett was clear in his commitment in addressing the crowd. Taking breaks in between songs to sign autographs for those in the front row, he exemplified the community feeling that comes with ska music and its culture. Toward the end of the night, he announced to the audience that he believed this would be the “Summer of ska,” a claim that prompted a great vocal response from the crowd.
The band ended their set with their wildly popular commercial hit, “The Impression That I Get” before coming back on to give a three song encore. Their long set was played with such a level of passion that it was clear it had to be authentic. In a night that delivered a mix of nostalgia and wonder, the Mighty Mighty BossToneS showed that even after a few decades they still know how to give an unforgettable show.
Catch The Mighty Mighty BossToneS who just released a coloring contest winner video for “Here We Are” off their latest album. Check it out below, as well as their upcoming tour dates!
Photos and review by Nick Gumas.