Boston ska legends Bim Skala Bim just dropped their first album in eight years, Sonic Tonic. The band -- who still have the majority of their classic '80s/'90s lineup intact -- made the album with help from Dave Hillyard (The Slackers), Chris Rhodes (The Mighty Mighty Bosstones) Nick Welsh (aka King Hammond), Ken Stewart (The Skatalites) and Steve Cracknell (The Dub Pistols), and it finds their unique ska/reggae/calypso/rock sound in fine form.
If you're unfamiliar with Bim Skala Bim, they were a crucial part of the '80s American ska scene, and played a large role in bridging the gap between the 2 Tone era and the ska-punk explosion of the '90s. They were especially influential on another particular Boston band who helped bring ska to the masses. To quote Marc Wasserman's upcoming book Ska Boom! An American Ska & Reggae Oral History, "Without Bim Skala Bim there is no Mighty Mighty Bosstones."