Ska-core pioneers The Mighty Mighty Bosstones recently signed to Tim Armstrong's Epitaph imprint Hellcat Records and released the eight-minute single "The Final Parade," which features members of over 20 iconic ska and punk bands, and now they've announced their first new album for Hellcat (and 11th overall), When God Was Great. It comes out May 7 via their new label home (pre-order), and it was co-produced by their longtime collaborator Ted Hutt and Tim Armstrong.
"We were lightly writing songs before the insanity without any sort of timeline in mind," said frontman Dicky Barrett. "All of a sudden, the world changed and benchmark events in a very long career that we were looking forward to, such as playing with the Madness at the Greek Theatre, were taken away from us. With all of this time on our hands, we started writing at a quickened pace and we were really inspired. As grim as everything around us was in the outside world, this was the most fun we ever had making a record."