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A week after the launch of their new CD, I sat in a Kentish Town restaurant with Joe Blake. The drummer and a leading member of the band, Rough Science as we discussed their gig in Camden the week before.
The gig at the Record Club in Camden Town, was to mark the official launch of Rough Science's double EP on that Saturday 29th March and the venue was filled with fans, family, friends and well wishers.
The band put on a good show with thrilling songs like "Turning Me On", "Battered and Bruised", "Rebel" and the kick ass song "Our Way" as well as the other tracks from the new album now on sale on iTunes. In my opinion, this band with their own unique and original repertoire of contemporary Ska and fusion had a sound all their own.
Ace drummer Joe is an experienced musician. He had his first record deal at sixteen years old and hasn't looked back. The other core members apart from Joe Blake (Drums) are Salvo Nostrato (Keyboards and vocals) and Oja Simon (Guitar and Lead Vocals), these are versatile musicians who are re-defining the Ska genre, keeping it fresh and exciting.
Although Ska as a genre is still very much alive, these guys have raised the bar that little bit higher, creating an exciting sound that can only bode well for the genre. The music had a personality, an excitement that I would call Ska Fusion or Indie Ska.
In March 2011, they were one of the bands recognised at the SOE Awards in London. SOE is short for Sounds of Excellence. As the name suggests, the gong goes to only the very best sound makers, groups and artists.
I suspect there is still a lot more to come from these guys. So, keep your eyes peeled!