Bad Operation is a new ska band with some familiar faces from the New Orleans punk and ska scene: Fatter Than Albert/All People members and Community Records founders Daniel "D-Ray" Ray and Greg Rodrigue, Brian Pretus of Fat Wreck Chords-signed punks PEARS, experimental/jazz/hip hop artist Dominic Minix, and Robert Landry (who's also in All People). Their self-titled debut album comes out December 18 via Bad Time Records/Community Records (pre-order), and we're premiering the video for lead single "Perilous."
Bad Operation's members may have a punk and ska-punk pedigree, but "Perilous" takes a cleaner, more soulful approach to ska that's closer to 2 Tone or The Slackers (who have already co-signed the band). The band calls it "new tone," and that's a good way of putting it. You get that classic second wave ska vibe, but Bad Operation make it feel fresh and they don't just sound like a product of their influences. They're bringing something new to the ska table, and really pushing the genre forward, and if you dig ska or punk or any type of warm, upbeat rock music, you should give this band a listen.