“The years went by because we were just doing other things,” chuckles Big D and the Kids Table vocalist Dave McWane. “When you’re all in your 20s and living in the same house, it’s very convenient, but when you’re older and some people live in different states, it’s more like ‘Oh, dang, let’s all get together and write a record!’” The ska-punk staple readies to release their ninth studio album and first new album in nearly a decade. Their 20-track collection of brand new songs titled DO YOUR ART is set for an October 22, 2021 release, making their triumphant return to SideOneDummy Records.
The album was produced and engineered by Reel Big Fish’s Matt Appleton. “The overall sound of DO YOUR ART is similar to a full day at the waterpark,” describes McWane. “It’s sunny, a freakin’ blast and packed with adrenaline. Some songs drop you right in, straight down, blasting forward, while other songs loop you about, spinning you around and dunk you. So put your dang suit on, smile, laugh and get wet.”
DO YOUR ART is overflowing with enthusiasm, optimism, encouragement, and love. “There’s nothing that you can do about all of the terrible things that will happen in your life,” explains McWane. “The speeding train is coming your way and there’s no stopping it. Spend your time wisely before your whistle blows.” From taking things a bit too far (“Too Much”) to toxic relationships (“Toyed”) to the experience and feeling of falling in love (“New Day”) to parents and doctors medicating some children just for their convenience (“Med Her Lazy”) to the power of love (“Beautiful Way”) to class warfare (“Dispirit”) - DO YOUR ART is a reminder to make the most of life even at its lowest points and never be dissuaded from creating what you want to create.
Big D and the Kids Table formed during October 1996 in Boston, MA when its members converged in college. They have had major sales success which propelled them to touring throughout 25 countries supporting bands such as The Mighty Mighty BossToneS, Rancid, Dropkick Murphys, Less Than Jake, Goldfinger, Reel Big Fish, Streetlight Manifesto, Suicide Machines, and many others from the ska-punk and punk rock scenes. Festival appearances include Riot Fest, The Fest, Vans Warped Tour, Cranking & Skanking, Amnesia Rockfest, Reading and Leeds Festivals, Holidays in the Sun Festival, Boomtown, Hits & Pits Festival, and Deconstruction Tour. They have appeared on twenty compilations between 1996 and 2013 as well. In addition, the band hosts an annual Halloween show called A Nightmare Before Halloween that sells out every single year.