The Spanish ska band Ska-P will make a very rare appearance in the U.S. during the month of November to play one show in New York City and two in Southern California. Never heard of them? I'm not surprised. Ska-P were formed by a group of friends in Madrid in 1994 and their name, when pronounced in Spanish is phonetically identical to the Spanish word for ‘escape’. Somewhere between a left-wing revolutionary political movement and a ska band, they have become a household name in most Spanish speaking countries around the World and easily sell-out tours across Europe.
Because of their uncompromising political stance and their insistence on only singing in Spanish, Ska-P have made few in-roads here in the U.S. or in the U.K. They have been compared to a mix of The Specials and Rage Against The Machine and sing about topics ranging from abolishing the death penalty, social injustice, women's rights, anti-fascism, anti-capitalism, the legalization of marijuana, and the abolishment of bullfighting. The band has notably released a song in support of the Palestinian intifada and another critical of the Catholic Church for its handling of the sex abuse scandal which highlight their political worldview but may also limit their marketability in many places. Politics aside, the band put on an explosive live show and they may be one of most underrated live ska bands in the world.
What is an Ska-P show like? Complete and utter chaos apparently. Here is a English language review of the band's show in London in Mid-October. Below are some videos that provide a sense of the band's sound and their live show including 'Cannabis', 'Welcome To Hell' and 'Paramilitar'.
The band will play Irving Plaza in New York City on Thursday November 11th and then two shows in Southern California on Saturday November 13th as part of the Monstros Del Rock 2010 show in Pico Rivera, California and Sunday November 14th as part of Skafest 2010 in San Diego.
You can listen to and purchase the album 'Incontrolable' from Amazon.com: