CbJ

CbJ

BandWorldReggae

Coming straight from the suburbs of Detroit, Michigan, CbJ has always shown strong dedication to their music and an always energetic stage performance. Take a fast paced, punk style rhythm section and add catchy horn lines and you can begin to get a taste of CbJ.

Biography

Biography:
On April 14, 2005 bassist Ken Arini and guitarist Tom Skill began searching for members to form a band that could create a faster, more energetic sound. In their search many musicians have cycled through the band until finally the right mix of musicianship and character was blended to form CbJ. With only a guitarist, bassist and drummer, CbJ managed to take top prize at a Battle of the Bands less than a year after the band was first formed. This was the first indication that CbJ had found a musically tight and energetic sound through strict emphasis on musical structure. Another point of pride that the members of CbJ apply in their playing is a strong belief in energetic performances. The addition of trumpet player Adam Gill, and Mark VanBaak on tenor saxophone completed the CbJ sound.
First starting out as a saying, the song "It's Thursday, It's Ska-day" has become the anthem to what CbJ is all about, with lyrics and an overall sound that reflects who the band is and what they are capable of. Always interacting with the crowd and making the shows fun for all who are in attendance, whether CbJ is the band the crowd is there to see or not, adds to the overall fan base after each show that is played. Although the six guys enjoy having fun and just being regular guys they are always strict on themselves, the music is number one with a strong DIY ethic.
Lastly, it is always a priority of CbJ to continue their progression as musicians and as a band to better themselves and put out great new material.

We have shared the stage with these great national acts... Mike Got Spiked (Dublin, Ireland), Green Room Rockers (Rude Music International/Rons Label(self produced), The Know How (Stomp Records), Manic Sewing Circle (Bouncing Betty Records), Koffin Kats (HBS), Bomb the Music Industry (Asian Man/Quote Unquote), Deal's Gone Bad (Jump Up! Records/Megalith Records), Mustard Plug (Hopeless Records), The Toasters (Stomp Records), Big D and The Kids Table (Side One Dummy Records)

Venues where CbJ has played:
Royal Oak Music Theater
The Magic Stick
Emerald Theater
Clutch Cargos
Skelletones
Macs Bar
Modern Exchange
The Village Idiot
The Painted Lady
The New Way
Corner Bar
National Bohemian
The B Side
Pub 1281
The Factory
The Armada Fair (Took 1st in Battle)
1021 Ottawa
Basement 414
The Hayloft Liquor Stand
Paychecks Bar
NYNY
The Ritz
TNT's Bar and Grill
The Beacon (Potato Extravaganza)
Premiere Concert Theater
Oshtemo Grange Hall
Nite Moves
Static Age
MySpace Cafe (Took 1st in Battle)
Sports Forum
Lakeside Community Church (The Flood)
Roseville Masonic Center
Bethel Lutheran Church
Club Cyber Gaming Center
Game Studio 360
Conga's Coffee Shop

Tom Skill - 586.899.6739
Mike Land - 586.873.7543

Band Email - CbJSka@hotmail.com

Lyrics

How Many More?

Written By: Tom Skill

Verse 1-
When you're up for the takin'
Don't blame yourself for making
Others struggle for the top
In this world of greed and hate.

You don't go anywhere
Unless you shed blood or a tear
For a fact that isn't true
Or good benifits for me and you.

Chorus-
How many more lives will it take
for people to realize this isn't fake.

Verse 2-
Five people died today
Occupied is how they'll stay
'Cause freedom
Is a big price to pay.

The pump is in demand
"Support Our Troops" is on a van
Of a mindless person
Safely across the world.

Comparison Issue

Written By: Tom Skill

Verse 1
Things would be much easier
If you had gone away.
Comparison wouldn't be the deal
And there'd be no dismay.

Two more things I hate about you,
Two less things I want to do.
To watch you and your precious life
Succeed without a thing called strife.

Chorus
You don't know the things I've been through
To get where I need to

Verse 2
I just wish you'd dissappear
Somewhere, far not near.
There's more to life to care about
than what it is you doubt.

Why are you such a hypocrite?
It's the reason I don't care.
After 18 years of being here
It's time I dissappear.

It's Thursday, It's Ska-Day

Written By: Tom Skill

Verse 1

Thursday is the day we always play
Songs with the lyrics that we want to convey.
Ska music is the music that we happen to like,
With the two tone beat pumped through a mic.

And you know we have some turtles named Timmy and Gus.
They cost a lot of money, but they're worth it to us.
My mom is yellin', sayin' we're too loud,
But you know we can't help it.
Sing it loud, yell it proud.

Pre-Chorus

There isn't no doubt.
Playin' ska music's what it's all about.

Chorus

It's Thursday (It's Thursday),
It's Ska-day (It's Ska-day).
It's Thursday (It's Thursday),
It's Ska-day (It's Ska-day).

Verse 2

So 1, 2, 3 and a 4,
Thursday is knocking at the door.
5, 6, 7 and an 8,
It's Wednesday and I just can't wait.
And you know when we're hungry we head to the Bell,
But you know goin' in, comin' out will be hell.
So, while video games distract us a bit,
A Thursday without it just would not fit.

Pre-chorus

It's what it's all about
Playin's ska music, there is no doubt.

Chorus

It's Thursday (It's Thursday),
It's Ska-day (It's Ska-day).
It's Thursday (It's Thursday),
It's Ska-day (It's Ska-day).

Outro

It's Thursday (It's Thursday),
It's Ska-day (It's Ska-day).
It's Thursday (It's Thursday),
It's Ska-day (It's Ska-day).
It's Thursday (It's Thursday),
It's Ska-day (It's Ska-day).
It's Thursday (It's Thursday),
It's Ska-day (It's Ska-day).

This Life

Written By: Andrew Hrycaj

Verse 1

So I'm walkin' down the street
Trippin' over my feet.
Got another show to play
And I know I won't be late

As I enter, grab a beer,
Drink away the past days fear.
I look around and smile.
This life is for you and me.

Chorus

Dark pubs, cold drinks, live shows.
This is where I love to be.
We'll drink, we'll sing, all night.
This life is for you and me.

Verse 2

Lights on, cameras roll,
Everybody in the hole's
Skankin' to my music here.
Just don't want to spill my beer.

Punchin' at the air
Have your dukes up, be prepared
Don't be starin' at the lights
At the end of the fight.

Chorus

Dark pubs, cold drinks, live shows.
This is where I love to be.
We'll drink, we'll sing, all night.
This life is for you and me.

Bridge

Hey, hey, hey, hey, hey, hey, hey, hey (2x)

Outro

Dark pubs, cold drinks, live shows.
This is where I love to be.
We'll drink, we'll sing, all night.
This life is for you and me.
Dark pubs, cold drinks, live shows.
This is where I love to be.
We'll drink, we'll sing, all night.
This life is for you and me.

Discography

..2010 e.p...

Produced, Recorded and Mastered by CbJ
Release Date: Avalib. Online - Jan. 26th. 10

Track Listing
1. In the Streets
2. Fellowship at Hand
3. Life Lessons
4. Mr. NiceGuy
5. Cut Throat
6. To the Grave

...One day, On the way (Full Release)..

Produced, Recorded and Mastered by CbJ and Orange Room Studios
Release Date: june 16th, 09

Track Listing
1. Intro
2. Unity's Revolt
3. It’s Thursday, It’s Ska-day
4. D.T.S.
5. How Many More
6. Change
7. Comparison Issue
8. Happy go Lucky
9. This Life
10. Left in the Dark
11. One day, On the way
12. Who else will

..One Day e.p...

Produced, Recorded and Mastered by CbJ and Orange Room Studios
Release Date: Dec. 16th, 08

Track Listing
1. Intro
2. Unity's Revolt
3. It’s Thursday, It’s Ska-day
4. Left In The Dark
5. One day, On the way

..The Jive Has Arrived EP..

Produced, Recorded and Mastered by CbJ
Release Date: June 8th, 2006

Track Listing:
1. Comparison Issue
2. It’s Thursday, It’s Ska-day
3. This Life
4. How Many More?
5. Change
6. D.T.S.

Set List

Sets range by time allowance, 35 minute to 45 minute sets consist of 6 EP songs, 5 LP songs, various few works in progress and a cover.

20 minute to 30 minute sets consist of 4 EP songs, and 5 LP songs.

Both are subject to change based on show scenario.