The Bruce Lee Band
Community Support Group EP
For his first Bruce Lee Band release in nine years, frontman Mike Park recruited some ringers in the form of AP scribe Jeff Rosenstock (ex-Bomb The Music Industry!) on bass/vocals, Hard Girls/Classics Of Love guitarist Mike Huguenor and Chinkees drummer Kevin Higuchi. Though this lineup have never played a show together, you wouldn’t be able to tell by the crisp, locked-in performances they deliver on this five-track EP. It’s Park’s most aggressive, energetic outing in years; the ska figurehead sounds vocally revitalized both in frantic, minute-long ska-punk freakouts (“AGH!!!”) and more conventional rock structures (“Dianna”). Throw in top-notch guest vocals from Anti-Flag’s Chris #2 (“Tanning Depression”) and Andrew Jackson Jihad’s Sean Bonnette (“We’ve Got The Money, We’ve Got The Power”) and a strong horn section, and you have a real winner. Ska’s not dead, folks.