Political Party Crashers
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Political Party Crashers


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The best kept secret in music


"Maria Mar’s Local Radar: Political Party Crashers & Kid Is Qual"

Let’s start with a monstrous eight-piece from Toms River, Political Party Crashers. I will never forget the day I first saw them at The Stone Pony in Asbury Park for The Break Contest for Bamboozle. I ran from in from outside like a track star going for a medal. It’d been some time since I saw a good ska band. I mean, there were a few in my youth during the ‘90s, but, well, we all know what basically happened to the genre after that: Hardcore ska suckled into pop punk, some dope bands put out some stellar albums, a whole bunch more not-so-dope bands put out some not-so-stellar albums, then Avril Lavigne wore a tie and married the dude from Sum 41. Plain and simple, these guys own this genre locally, and are going to take the ball and run with it. It’s not every day you find an eight-piece that can hold their own, better yet, harmonize. Not to mention, the live set it so enjoyable, and it blows my mind how they can fit so many members on the stage without it turning into overflow.

I seriously cannot keep my eye balls from spinning trying to focus on each member, and it’s unbelievable. They are not just musicians; they are entertainers and upright performers. No matter what you are a fan of in life, you will not be able to help but dance to their set. Their major key, up-tempo sound is extremely energizing. The more I came to listen to them live and on recordings, I started realizing that they are not just ska, but they are also a blend of, in their own words, “rock, jazz, blues, some punk,” and every other seasoning you can think of that is matchless. I want to believe we still live in a world where third-wave ska never died and horns remained an essential part of alternative music, but these guys are one of my only hopes to hold on to. Political Party Crashers continue to put out music which doesn’t waste time on redundant fluff. They are just one of those bands that make you feel as if everything is going to be okay, no matter what mood you are in or what kind of day you are having. It’s all about having fun and expressing yourself during their set. You can tell how focused this band is. They have a worthy repertoire of songs under their belts, and totally feel comfortable performing together; in fact, they all feed off of one another. A small venue set is highly recommended to catch these guys for the first time, for you will want to get close to them. The guys are also currently working on a full-length, and I cannot wait to hear what they have in store for us. - The Aquarian Weekly


Still working on that hot first release.



Much like the Justice League, the Political Party Crashers came together as a group to fight evil, protect society from foes they could not defeat individually, and make awesome everything-influenced ska music. Unlike the Justice League, Aquaman is not a member. This alone may make the Political Party Crashers better than the Justice League. They have been described as: “a really fun experience,” by the judges of The Break Contest, who thought they were good enough to play at the Bamboozle festival in 2011 and again in 2012; “a nominee for best young band,” by the 2011 Asbury Music Awards, who, due to a supervillian's mind control powers, gave the award to someone else; and “not too bad, I guess,” by their drummer's dad, who thought they were good enough to buy $5 ticket to see play at a firehouse. The lineup of Political Party Crashers has changed many times since the band came together in the spring of 2006, and each iteration came closer to perfection, but never quite reached it until the 8 musicians who are now able to call themselves Political Party Crashers came together.
Although perfection was near, having 8 musicians with 8 diverse sets of influences presented its own problem. How could you combine so many sounds into one cohesive body? After months of research, they did it. Political Party Crashers will publicly admit to having been influenced by: Less Than Jake, the Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Streetlight Manifesto, Barenaked Ladies, Rancid, Green Day, River City Extension, the Avett Brothers, Eric Clapton, Blink-182, the Beatles, and many other respectable bands. Privately, you might get one of them to admit that they have, at times, been influenced by Vanilla Ice (in that they regularly stop, collaborate, and listen). Ultimately, though, any member will tell you that having a good time and making good music is what it's all about, and that they feel their Jazz-Punk-Alternative-Ska-Rock is the best way to express that.