Jeff Rosenstock surprise-released 'SKA DREAM,' a complete re-recording of his 2020 record NO DREAM. Only difference? All the songs are ska songs.
The idea to make this record came together when, like many other bands throughout this pandemic that refused to participate in super spreading events, they were trying to find a fun way to make some music together to share with people. What started out as a fun goof with friends eventually morphed into “Hey, what if we tried to make it good though?”
Arranged through file-sharing, SKA DREAM is the obvious 2021 analogue to The Postal Service’s Give Up. Drums were recorded by Matt Embree (Rx Bandits) in his practice space in Long Beach, CA. Mike Huguenor’s guitar was recorded at District Recorders in San Jose, CA. All other instruments were recorded in our respective homes. SKA DREAM was mixed and mastered by Jack Shirley. “NO TIME TO SKANK” contains a very short tribute to “Our Time” by The Suicide Machines. “Leave It In The Ska” contains a snippet of “Nite Klub” by The Specials. This record includes contributions from Jer Hunter (JER, Skatune Network, We Are The Union,), Rick Johnson (Mustard Plug), Laura Stevenson, Ara Babajian (The Slackers, Leftover Crack), Boboso, Sean Bonnette (AJJ), George Clarke (Deafheaven), David Combs (Bad Moves), Chris Farren, Augusta Koch (Gladie, Cayetana), Angelo Moore (Fishbone), Franz Nicolay, nonregla, Elise Okusami (Oceanator), Mike Park (Bruce Lee Band, Skankin Pickle, Asian Man Records), PUP, Anika Pyle (Katie Ellen, Chumped) & Shannon Toombes.