Smoke Like A Fish
Blood, Fish and Bone
Released: July 06 2011
Label: Do The Dog
By: Rebecca Woolston
Smoke Like a Fish certainly know how to go out with a bang. After announcing last year that the band were to split up, Blood, Fish and Bone is the promised album which was left behind, along with some final tour dates, which are set to end later this month. This album most definitely holds the purpose of making sure that Smoke Like a Fish are not forgotten in a hurry; full of bouncy, energetic ska riffs, which leave you no choice but to tap your foot.
Blood, Fish and Bone is very simply a punk flecked ska record; a sound which any previous listeners of Smoke Like a Fish will know very well. But that’s not to say you’ll be easily bored by them – In fact, the very opposite is likely to be felt. This album is interesting throughout; layering a great amount of sounds the whole way through and including both brass and keys to the usual mix. The whole album is as energetic as possible and is likely to have any keen ska listener hooked.
The tone of the album is set right from the opening song ‘Perfect World’, which is catchy and fast-paced; perfect for dancing to. It starts off with a slow keyboard tune and suddenly bursts into life with rapid drum beats, rhythmic guitar riffs and a catchy brass melody. Another highlight of the album, is the bands cover of the Zounds song ‘Subvert’, which is just as effective played in Smoke Like a Fish’s ska punk style, as it was originally. This song is just as fast-paced and rhythmic as the rest of the album and almost seems to have been made for the voice of the front man, who seems to nearly spit the words of the verse. ‘Subvert’ also features a fantastic saxophone solo, which swoops impressively over the on-going guitar riff. The album ends with the catchy ‘Blow the Whole Thing Up’, which is sure to stay in your head for hours after the album has finished, even through the hidden track which it is followed with.
With their last album being released in 2004, this is most definitely worth the wait and just proves what a shame it is that Smoke Like a Fish are soon to be no more. Despite this, their final album will certainly not leave them forgotten – it’s just a shame that it couldn’t have got them as much
recognition as they deserve.
Smoke Like A Fish – Blow The Whole Thing Up