a Epitaph Records: Liberator

Johan Halmberg Drums 


Peter Andersson Trombone 



Erik Wesser Keyboards 

Daniel Mattisson Guitars 

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"Take Madness and The Specials excellent skanking music and stick Adam Ant or Captain Sensible on vocals and what you get is the fantastic Liberator."

- No Bar Codes fanzine

The early 60's, in an era where the world of music was metamorphosing, the island of Jamaica was starting to take its first trembling steps, finding its identity as a self-governed member of the Commonwealth. Recording studios, sound systems and companies suddenly began popping up in large numbers to seek out new talent. Soon something new from the previous copying of the musical style and dances of America was erupting. The after-beat and what was to be known as ska was born when Caribbean music (Mento - a style of Calypso) came to meet American rhythm and blues. The music exploded, creating a vital and stylish movement with its own dances and pace. Ska music became Jamaica's first popular and commercial music, and was later even named the national dance and music of the island. Via immigrants departing to the UK, the music, the style and fashion soon got adopted by the trendy aware modernist (mods) of the UK. Through youth-cults such as the skinheads (the hard-mods) and the rude boys, the music began its travel around the world, splinting and evolving into rock steady, skinhead-reggae, and 'common reggae' before the 60s were over.

Almost forty years late, ska is once again appearing in strength - stronger than ever. Having its biggest 'revival' with the British Two-Tone sound of the late 70's, and another 'not-as-big' third wave in the UK and America in the late 80's, we are now facing what is commonly known as the fourth wave of ska. After spreading its irresistible downbeat rhythms outside the island of Jamaica into all metropolitans ...



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