This has a ska feel, mixed with a dance beat… the horn blasts bring us back to reality though! That bassline is so infectious as well as the piano, organ and guitar combo falling on the third beat, this is definitely one of my favourite submissions on the FOTN inbox which is where I picked up from!
This is a party tune, but it’s got a battle cry.
“It’s not enough for the exhibition,
It’s not enough just to pass the time,
It’s not enough just to keep your distance,
We’re joining the resistance.”
There’s a piano solo married up with pitched down vocals for singing “It’s not enough it’s not enough” straight after the chorus….
This is really becoming an ear worm for me!
After surfacing in 2013 with their debut EP, “Wasters&Wannabes”, The Kubricks soon became one of the must-see ska bands of this generation. Tracks from their debut release were supported by Huey Morgan (6Music) and Tom Robinson (BBC Introducing – 6Music), and The Specials‘ bassist, Horace Panter, championed the band, claiming, “I can hear Madness, The Ruts, Squeeze and The Clash in there…” The timing was perfect, and coincided with a new interest in ska music, as many of UK’s festivals began dedicating entire stages to the genre. Riding on the back of this wave, the band soon found themselves supporting legends such UB40, Bad Manners and The Toasters, in addition to sharing the stage with The Skints, Buster Shuffle and Bombskare.
In 2015, an extended version of “Wasters&Wannabes” was released, including some of the tracks which were always meant to make this debut release an album.
Produced with Toby Davies of Gentleman’s Dub Club, “The Heist” was released in 2017. The UK’s longest-running skazine, Do The Dog, immediately commented that it was already, “A very strong contender for album of the year”, whilst Bucketlist in Canada called it, “A gem of an album that makes ska and reggae seem like a perfect fit with 21st-century musical trends.”
In 2019, the band began working with Monster Florence producer/band member, Tom Donovan, producing the singles ‘Humans’ and ‘Criminals’, the latter being released in February 2020.
Words by Del Osei-Owusu