Andy B & The World: The First One
With the production chops to match his ambitious vision, Andy B brings ska, punk and folk artists into tight focus on a global scale.
For some of us our greatest achievement over lockdown was finishing Schitt’s Creek twice, but Andy B has been slightly more ambitious, completing an album some four years in the making.
During lockdown Andy spent weeks pulling the recordings into an impressively cohesive album that sounds as if all the musicians were in the same room - which would of course have been illegal and not to mention just a little cramped!
Having built up an impressive list of contacts from years of touring in ska/punk bands like New Riot and Upbeat Allstars, Andy hit the road and recorded no fewer than 172 of his friends, as much a feat of popularity as musical ingenuity.
Throughout the journey, he's kept followers up to date through a neat vlog series on his Youtube channel, starting more than three years ago!
‘The First One’ blends old-school ska/punk with contemporary folk to form an invigorating and accessible 48-minute tour through the third-wave ska scene on both sides of the pond; brilliant British bands like Catch-It Kebabs and Random Hand are reunited, alongside American torchbearers from Reel Big Fish and Suburban Legends.
Together they sing of protest, toxic masculinity and the proliferation of hate on social media - the wonderfully infectious ‘Advertise This’ makes a heartfelt call for corporate responsibility; “If as a people we were righteous, we wouldn't allow this virus to spread to the heads of a youth we should protect.”
Other highlights include the punchy JB Conspiracy sound of ‘Frantic’ and the uplifting skanking rhythms that make ‘Times’ feel as though summer has come early, like some benign form of global warming.
Andy B & The World is a remarkable DIY triumph and a breath of fresh air in a genre that peaked with the original 'Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater'. All he needs now is a really big stage.