Issue 133: May 2011

Issue 133: May 2011

The King Blues, ska world history, Beastie Boys, Twin Atlantic, Bring Me The Horizon, Flogging Molly, The Old Firm Casuals, Skindred, Manchester Orchestra and more...

Down on the streets and working their way into hearts across the land, the King Blues are back with third album 'Punk & Poetry'. Backstabbed, bruised but still standing, Itch Fox and Jamie Jazz have returned with re-stoked fires in their bellies and hunger in their hearts. They are fucking angry and this is their best album yet. Big Cheese catches up with the socio-political ska punk heroes, molotov cocktails in hand by the Houses of Parliament, as they declare, “let's have it!” This is the sound of the revolution summer...

Also, in preparation for this August's London International Ska Festival, we bring you the worldwide history of ska music – from Toots and the Maytals and the Skatalites in Jamaica to The Beat and Madness in the UK, The Slackers and Less Than Jake in the US beyond to countries as varied as Uruguay, Israel, Mexico and Japan.

Elsewhere, we bring you interviews with some of the UK's hottest bands burning up the scene, including Bring Me The Horizon, Twin Atlantic and The Computers, and look at the incredible story of the Beastie Boys and chat to Rancid's Lars Frederiksen about his new Oi! band The Old Firm Casuals.

Also, Panic! At The Disco's Spencer Smith tells us the albums that changed his life and we pay homage to The Specials frontman Terry Hall. There's album reviews of Asking Alexandria, Flogging Molly, Skindred, Travis Barker, My Passion, Beatsteaks and Aiden, as well as live reviews of Imperial Leisure, Devils Brigade and more!