HaSkaLA

HaSkaLA

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America's Newest & Kookiest Ska Band:A 9-Piece Ska-Soul-Funk-Punk Implosion!Born on The 2010 Vans Warped Tour&Making the West Coast Dance Ever Since!
"HaSkaLA is explosive! Undeniably unique.Obliterating the false alternative of profoundness&fun." -J.Falk,"Mencken's Ghost".
"HaSkaLA is remarkable.Mind-blowing.Almost indescribable. Hooked instantly." -Kayla Crow,"Music In Press"."Los Angeles band HaSkaLA exemplifies the depth and wide range of what ska music has to offer. Fun, pop Ska dance en

Biography

So What is "HaSkaLA"? Valid question Comrade!
Haskala means "Enlightenment" in Hebrew, and that's just what this brand spankin' new L.A.-based ska band aims to do: illuminate your mind, set fire to your soul- and most importantly do it all while making you dance!
Frontman Steven Schub summarizes the choice of band name thusly: "Let's see, ya got the sound of laughter- "Ha", the word "Ska" snuck in there, and our home city of L.A. HaSkaLA is all about all three: Laughter, Ska and bringing Joy, Mirth & Madness to the City of Angels".
Well, HaSkaLA is well on their way to accomplishing this self-imposed merry mission! HaSkaLA appeared on the Ska Stage of The Vans Warped Tour in 2010, converting almost 1000 kids a day into hard-core "Ha-Heads", and attracting Guest Appearances by Fishbone's Angelo Moore and Dave McWane of Big D and The Kids Table. HaSkaLA's debut CD "Untethered & Undone" sold-out on CDBaby within 24 hours and is a current "Staff Pick" at Amoeba Music in Hollywood.
In 2012 HaskaLA re-entered the studio, recording 4 new singles including: "Us Über Alles", "The Revolt" & "Like Churchill Said (Never, Never, Never Give Up!)" and played an endless series of packed shows at some of L.A.'s most prestigious venues: Molly Malone's, DiPiazza's, The Airliner, The Mint, a Benefit for the American Cancer Society's "Relay for Life", an All Ages acoustic show for toddlers & their parents at Giggles N' Hugs. On Sunday May 27th, HaSkaLA launched the "Summer of Ska" opening for Mod/Ska legends The Untouchables at the World Famous "Whisky A Go-Go" on the Sunset Strip! The buzz keeps on growing... and the gigs? Ever-more Dionysian & Bacchanalian! 2013 is off to a truly HaSkaLApocalyptic start with upcoming shows at: The Mint, The Good Hurt, The House of Blues Foundation Room, the "I Love Ska" Festival and moreMoreMORE!
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And So Who is "HaSkaLA"?
In point of fact, some have deemed HaSkaLA a sort of "Ska Supergroup". Lead singer and lyricist Steven Schub comes from the 10-piece "Afro-Celtic Yiddish Ska" band, The Fenwicks- a band that played the Vans Warped Tour in 2005, has 3 nationally released critically acclaimed CDs to it's credit, and has toured with ska legends The Selecter, as well as "brother band" Big D and The Kids Table. Schub's "day-job" is as a working actor in TV & Film, having starred in over 15 feature films and everything from the hit show "24" to yes, "Sesame Street". (In fact, Schub can be seen playing the role of Dee Dee Ramone of The Ramones in the upcoming feature film "CBGB" and as folk-legend Phil Ochs in the Warner Bros. film "The Chicago 8").
But when talking about the line-up in "HaSkaLA" that's just the beginning! Curtis Pollitt "The Boy Wonder" (Guitar/Vocals) has been a professional vocalist and musician for over ten years, working with such musical projects as "Benchmark", "Stock Autopilot", and a brief stint in "Digital Vampyro". "Supa Dupa" Dave Mastas (Guitar/Producer) was plucked from the big band "BigAmy". "Jumpin' Jiven" Julie Gibbs (Bass) graduated from Berklee College of Music, and has played in all sorts of assorted bands, including the No Doubt cover band "No Doi". Also on Vocals? Madame Darby Rae: born & raised in the Rocky Mountains of CO, swimming her way thru the colorful streets of Los Angeles & "loving this beautiful journey as a human being on planet earth".
On the B3 keys and piano, we find musician/comedian Brad Watson. Brad has played with Miranda Lee Richards, The F.O.C.K.R.S (Friends of Canter's Kibitz Room) and is a regular performer at The World Famous Comedy Store.
On saxophone: Mademoiselle Sarah Wood. Sarah is trained in classical, jazz, blues, big band, funk, contemporary, ska, and soul. She's been a featured performer at New York City's famed Lincoln Center for Duke Ellington's 100 year celebration, and has performed with some of Hollywood's best upcoming artists. Trombonist Thom Foolery's biggest passions in life are, without question: ska and cartoons! Thom has been fortunate enough to making a living with his passions by creating illustrations for bands such as Reel Big Fish, Voodoo Glow Skulls, and Radioactive Chicken Heads- and also by working on television shows such as The Aquabats Super Show, Yo Gabba Gabba,
& Aqua Teen Hunger Force. Fleshing out the horn section, "Duh Killah" Kyle Pouzou, a kid who's been wailing on the trumpet for well over 12 years. Trained in both classical and jazz tradition Kyle's basic philosophy? Music = Life. Lastly, but certainly not leastly, slapping the skins: Sir Eric B. Nelson!
So there you have it friends! Steeped in the best tradition of classic 2nd Wave Two-Tone ska, this family of spastics is destined to make you sweat, and make you smile.
HaSkaLA is here: Prepare to dance or die!
*Read more hither:
"HaSkaLA is remarkable... mind-blowing.... almost indescribable. Hooked instantly." -Kayla Crow, "Music In Press".
http://musicinpress.com/2013/02/haskala-mollym/
http://musicinpress.com/2012/04/

Lyrics

Obscene Love-Machine Supreme

Written By: Lyrics by Steven Schub. Music by Curtis Pollitt. Performed by HaSkaLA.

Obscene Love-Machine Supreme:

My 1st assumption and my last mistake, that true love waits- oh yeah
I know it sounds obscene, but you and I are Suicide Machines- Obscene Machines
The World can testify, the love we had was a gift I failed to unwrap- and that's
a fact
I know it sounds obscene, but you and I are similar machines- machines obscene

Chorus:

But hold on, hold-up, hold me now
We shall overcome- ourselves
I'll forgive you, you'll forgive me
We will work this out

Don't you give-up, don't you cry, don't you say bye-bye
This is only temporary- love you can't deny
All this pain, all this sorrow, we will be one by tomorrow

My last assumption, and my first mistake, that true love's always true
It's up to me and you, to make it true, and bring it back again, or it's the
end, my friend
The things we'd rectify, sanctify, if we get past your rage, my pride
I know it sounds obscene, but you and I are Suicide Machines- machines obscene

Chorus

My last assumption, and my last attempt, before you deem us through
Remember us at our best, 'cause even at our worst- you loved me best, it's true-
you fool
I know you know, that I know. I know, I know, I know- that I love you.
You loved me too- you fool.
Take my hand, you'll understand, my love is strong enough to pull us through-
and that's my vow to you
I know it sounds obscene, but you and I were a Love-Machine Supreme!
Machine Supreme.

Us Über Alles

Written By: Lyrics by Steven Schub. Music by Curtis Pollitt. Performed by HaSkaLA.

Us Über Alles:

When all our dreams are dead and gone, and all our friends have failed us.
When I've retired and you've been fired, and all we've done's forgotten.
When the levy breaks, the whole Earth shakes, your faith in Man is shaken.
When the money's gone, all hope is gone, and both our bodies broken...

Chorus:
I'll just laugh. You'll just smile.
'Cuz I chose you. And you chose me.
So now we're free. So c'est la vie.
'Cuz I chose you. And you chose me.
Us Über Alles. We rule all. (2x)

When zombies rise and eat us all, I'll be digested smiling.
When the Globe it warms, or Ice Age dawns, I'll be frozen happy.
When asteroids crash, or monsters mash, I'll be moshing madly.
Nuclear war? Cry: "Give me more!" if you are there beside me.

(Chorus)

When the Sun goes cold, and we are old, and all our memories faded.
Messiah comes and we are shunned, everyone else's been raptured.
If we burn in Hell, they can go to Hell, we can burn together.
We'll have our time, we've drawn the line, it's you and me forever.

(Chorus)

Us Über Alles. We rule all. (4x)

The Revolt

Written By: Lyrics by Steven Schub. Music by David Mastas. Performed by HaSkaLA.

The Revolt:
All over the world, the lamps are going out- again.
All over the world, the future of freedom's in doubt- again.
All over the world, the lights are coming on- we hope.
All over the world, it's in our hands- Revolt!

Chorus (2x):
Be destiny. Be dynamite.
Hold holy Your Highest Hope- Revolt!

The only weapon you need, is right between your ears.
The only weapon you need, the one that they most fear.
The only weapon you need, to see the truth and not blink.
To stand astride history screaming: "Think, just think!"

(Chorus)

The source of your glory- the source of your shame
Is one and the same- how we use our brain.
To use your mind, or lose your mind.
You pick and choose the food you swallow
Pick and choose the ideas you follow.
Reason and Freedom or Faith and Force
When all is said, that is your choice.

You fight today or fight tomorrow
Eternity is Now- Revolt!
Eternity is Now- Revolt!

Like Churchill Said (Never Never Never Give Up).

Written By: Lyrics by Steven Schub. Music by David Mastas. Performed by HaSkaLA.

Like Churchill Said ("Never Never Never Give Up"):
Pick it up. Kick it up. Keep it up. Rip it up.
But never give up. Never give up.
Wake it up. Make it up. Brake it up. Shake it up.
But never give up. Never give up.

Chorus:
And when I die I won't be there to shed a tear.
And when I die, I won't be there- so have no fear.
Just be here now.

Set 'em up. Line 'em up. Shoot 'em up. Blow it up.
But never give up. Never give up.
Pump it up. Take it up. Light it up. Live it up.
But never give up. Never give up.

Chorus:
And when you die you won't be there to shed a tear.
And when you die, you won't be there- so have no fear.
Just be here now.

Everyone in this room, everyone hearing this song,
Everyone in this band, everyone in this land-
In 100 years we'll all be dead. Including you. Including me.
Well, so what? Well, so what? Well, so what? Well, so what?

Chorus:
'Cuz when we die we won't be there to shed a tear.
And when we die, we won't be there- so have no fear.
Just be here now and shut-up! Stand up! Gear up! Cheer up!
Never never never never never never never never never give up!

Discography

Debut CD- 2010: "HaSkaLA: Untethered & Undone"- Currently "Staff Pick" at Amoeba Music in Hollywood.
Digital Singles 2013:
-"The Revolt".
-"Like Churchill Said (Never Never Never Give Up)".
-"Obscene Love-Machine Supreme (Studio Single)".
-"Us Über Alles"".
-On iTunes: http://www.itunes.com/haskala
-On SoundCloud: http://www.soundcloud.com/haskala
-On Grooveshark: http://www.grooveshark.com/haskala
-On Spotify and on Rotation on Ska Parade Radio, USC, Cal State Long Beach, and College Stations across So. Cal.
-Online Ska Stations Globally.....