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ABRASKADABRA – ‘Welcome’ Album Review


AbraskadabraFormed in mid-2003, Abraskadabra is a seven-piece ska/punk band from Curitiba/Brazil. The band’s new record Welcome will be released on February 20th and delivers their own vision of the ska punk essence.

Since inception, Abraskadabra has toured all around Brazil and the US, sharing the stage with legends like Bad Religion, Rise Against, Goldfinger, Less Than Jake, and many more. In 2014, the band’s cover of No Use For Name’s Not Your Savior was featured in the Fat Wreck Chords doc A Fat Wreck.

The opening track, Nothing New features an accessible and melodic skate-punk approach with punk rock guitars and pace meeting ska brass elements to create an intriguing and satisfying package. The 82 seconds of Heavy Hitters is a muscle bound punk/ska classic with group vocals, incredible pace and hooks a plenty…I loved it!

There are thirteen tracks on this cracking album and the ska romp of Left Corner had me stomping around the room with some great horns and melodic vocals. Border Town soars on the back of the horn section with the fast paced reggae and is followed by the fun and joyful Worm’s Song.

Wheel Of Fortune ups the power and pace with some monster chords, pummeling drums and those signature brass instruments all crafting a skate-punk vibe before She’s Gonna Livia displays the bands keen eye for a hook that just punches with relentless power throughout.

Abraskadabra tip their hat to Blink 182 with the opening to Catching Fog before the all-out ska beat takes over to demand that you move your feet. The Tall One has an Interrupters feel whilst Streets Of Order Square is rockier in tone with some excellent interplay of power guitar chords and brass licks.

On Exactly When the band lay down a melodic mid-paced ska effort that is radio play ready whereas The Dream is faster, punkier and full of energy. The album concludes with Empty Room and the acoustic guitar intro leads into a more foreboding vocal. The ballad style approach develops into a reggae powerhouse and it is a great end to a super album that combines reggae, ska, skate-punk and pop-punk into a fresh new package – get this one folks!

Grab yourself a copy of Welcome by Abraskadabra here: https://abraskadabracwb.bandcamp.com/album/welcome