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Streetlight Manifesto - Keasbey Nights
In my time as a teenager, hardcore (the electronic version) was very popular among the young. After two years, musical directions emerged from this scene and one of them was ‘Happy Hardcore’. This was the easy version of the bombastically produced heavy beats and most people thought negative of it. However, a lot of people seemed to like it. The same thing can be described for ska. Some of you metalheads will say this music is way too happy, for others it can be a revelation from time to time. I would consider myself as located in the last target group.
Although the heavy riffs are far from present; the re-release (originally in 1998) of ‘As performed by streetlight manifesto’ by Keasbey Nights, does have a link with heavy music. The songs on the cd somehow remind me of Rancid, without the new ‘all-electronic’ sound and superb mixing we know from bands like Reel Big Fish that gave the music a younger look. It is music in a very pure form without anything besides instruments and vocals, and old school ska fans will surely love this cd. Of course, all the typical arrangements for this type of music are present. The trumpets, trombones, the slower intro’s followed by the guitar chords on the second beat and some unavoidable 'woo hoo woo’s'. You won’t have to listen very close to the song structures in order to get the message and that’s what ska music is all about. 

In that way, Keasbey Nights did a good job but what I liked most about ‘As performed by streetlight manifesto’ was the sound. This band seems to give ska music a sound of its own which becomes very clear when listening to the trumpet and trombone parts. The sound is a little lower than usual but most of all, it is way more smooth and not that hasted. As a result, one should be able to keep on dancing all night long while listening to the band, although there is not really one song that distinguishes itself from the others. 

Coming back to the intro; I’m sure that a lot of metal fans will ask themselves what the hell they’ll have to think about getting an album like this on Metalrage. I’d say that it is quite surprising indeed but I’m sure that a lot of punk and maybe even hardcore fans are likely to enjoy Keasbey Nights because of their pure way of making fast music with a positive energy. Therefore, this type of ska is a nice step aside of what we’re familiar with.                                                                                                  
Streetlight Manifesto - Keasbey Nights
78/1001Details Victory Records
Released on Wednesday Mar 1st, 2006

Writer @CarpeSiem on Monday Mar 13th, 2006

Tags: #Streetlight Manifesto
Tracklisting 1. Dear Sergio
2. Sick and Sad
3. Keasbey Nights
4. Day in, Day out
5. Walking Away
6. Giving up, Giving in
7. On&On&On
8. Riding the fourth Wave
9. This goes out to...
10. Supernothing
11. 9mm and a Three Piece Suit
12. Kristina She Don\'t Know I Exist
13. As The Footsteps Die Out Forever
14. 1234 1234
Line up Josh Anskey: bass
Jamie Egan: trombone
Tomas Kalnoky: guitar, vocals
Paul Lowndes: drums
Dan Ross: saxophone
Jim Conti: saxophone
Shane Thompson: various percussion