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Stoked
Breakin' the Rules
By Ed Masley
Published: September 28, 2006

There's a goofy little beach scene on the album cover that could fool you into thinking these guys made a surf-rock record. But it's nothing like that, really. Sure, they do a track called "Surf" that starts off as a shameless "Pipeline" knockoff, but before the song is through, they've shifted gears through reggae into ska and back again — which is par for the course on this bong-friendly mishmash of musical styles, from reverb-heavy reggae to "Dude, we so should have opened for Goldfinger" ska-punk ("Mexi-Melt"). "Sixteen" is straight-up pop-punk with buzzsaw guitar and adrenalized pop hooks, "Beer" is damn near hardcore, and the band signs off with a punked-up sea chanty, "Pirate Town." Stoked even tries its hand at jokey country on the drinking song "Milk Crates" — complete with a "Yee-haw" — and on "Jailbait," a snippet that starts with a sketch of a high-school girl recoiling in horror from the old guy hitting on her ("He looks like he's 30 or something"). If there is one quality that ties it all together, it's a playful sense of humor that mostly revolves around drinking and girls.

- New Times Phoenix


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Breakin' the Rules. - 16 tracks has had radio play in Phoneix, AZ.

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STOKED IS A THREE PIECE BAND REIGNING FROM PHOENIX, AZ ALTHOUGH ALL ITS MEMBERS ARE TRANSPLANTS. WITH ITS MEMBERS PLAYING ON BILLS WITH THE LIKES OF SLIGHTLY STOOPID, LONG BEACH SHORT BUS, DICK DALE, UNWRITTEN LAW, JACKSON BROWNE, THE ZIGGENS & PAT MACDONALD. THEIR MUSIC IS SO DIVERSE IT’S HARD TO LABEL. FROM TRADITIONAL SKA SKANKS, SURF ROCK, DUB, REGGAE, PUNK, COUNTRY AND THE OCCASIONAL FOLK DRINKING SONGS, THIS BAND PLAYS IT ALL. SIGNED TO AN INDEPENDENT LABEL, WITH ONE RECORD UNDER THEIR BELT, AND SOON TO START ANOTHER, STOKED LOVES PLAYING ANYWHERE THAT WILL HAVE THEM AND THEY PLAY HARD. STOKED ALWAYS KEEPS THE CROWD DANCING, AND SINGING THEIR SONGS. IT’S APPARENT, FROM THEIR LIVE SHOWS, THESE GUYS SIMPLY LOVE TO PLAY MUSIC!