Dead Set Ready, a pop-post-punk 3-piece residing in Ohio, recently hit the scene and the road. Led by frontman and drummer Damon May (Eclectics (Jump Up/ Victory)& The Exceptions (Jump Up)) with guitarist Drake Talbot (Triceratops & Halfway to Hollywood) and bassist Kaser (Big Meat & Pillow Biters). Their energy and passion is felt at every show, leaving the fans wanting more. Definitely check them out if they make it out your way, it will be something to remember.
Look for their new e.p. Karma available now.
Dead Set Ready has shared the stage with The Flatliners, Red City Radio, The Holy Mess, The Copyrights, The Dopamines, The Screaming Females, LoPan, Dr. Finger (member of the Zero Boys), Gunner's Daughter, The Sky We Scrape, The Choke, *The Barb Wire Dolls*, Tin Armor, Skaskank Redeption, Cheap Time, The Vibrolas, 500 Miles to Mempis, The Pinstripes, The involuntary's, Night Beast, The Story Changes and many more.
It Just so happens that Damon- sings lead vocals for The Exceptions(Detroit) & The Eclectics(Chicago)
The METRO SKAFEST returns! HOT STOVE JIMMY, SKAPONE, GREENHOUSE, THE ECLECTICS, HEAVY MANNERS, THE EXCEPTIONS, and DJ CHUCK WREN . It's the return of the THIRD WAVE!
Following in the footsteps of successful regional ska compilations like Boston’s Mashin’ Up The Nation, California Ska-Quake, and New York Beat, long time Chicago radio DJ Chuck Wren launched Jump Up Records in 1993 to release American Skathic - exposing the world to the wealth of ska music that has existed in the Midwest since the early 80′s. The inaugural American Skathic spanned the years 1981-1994, and quickly dispelled the common belief that American ska existed only on the East & West coasts. It received critical acclaim from writers and DJ’s worldwide including Billboard and Alternative Press, while locally it’s was a focal point of two Chicago Tribune features, received a full page piece in New City Magazine, and generated two near capacity shows at Metro in 1994. Alternative Press called it “fast, slow, weird and wonderful. American Skathic has it all. The beat never stops and neither will your feet.”
Ameircan Skathic was the first CD release for top national touring artists Mustard Plug and Suicide Machines , while it also reissued lost 2-Tone era gems from Chicago’s Heavy Manners, who toured the Midwest back in the day with The Clash and Peter Tosh. In the next 2 years three more American Skathic collections were released, delivering the best tracks from the growing “third wave” including soon to be Chicago powerhouses Greenhouse, The Eclectics, Hot Stove Jimmy, and Skapone.
This January Metro flashes back to those 90’s glory days where “SKAFEST” became a household word. It was a time when thousands of kids regularly swarmed the city wearing suit jackets covered in pins and patches. It was cool to be “RUDE”. Don’t forget that checkerboard tie or belt. Black and white dress required. Metro was the place of dance contest legend; could one really “skank” through 6 bands in one night?
Believe it or not, the American Skathic compilation series and DJ Chuck Wren’s JUMP UP label, which is still going strong today, turns 20 this winter. To celebrate in style, he decided to “get the bands back together” for one night: Detroit’s ska punk legends THE EXCEPTIONS, Southside ska-punk powerhouse HOT STOVE JIMMY, the anthemic skacore of THE ECLECTICS, the loveable yet nerdy 2-Toney GREENHOUSE, the bouncy second wave blues ska of SKAPONE, and Chicago’s original 80s ska & reggae legends HEAVY MANNERS. And to top off the nostalgia trip completely, DJ Chuck Wren will man the decks of Metro spinning obscure ska 45s.