You can't see with the picture shrunk down this much, but the headlines on the wall behind them read: "Terror!" "Gov't Consiracy" "Evil Robots Will Makes Slaves of Us All!" "Did NASA Probe Find an Airplane on Mars?" and "Global Scorching".
The Dingees are a Reggae
band from Long Beach, California. They were initially formed in 1996 as a side project of The OC Supertones
(and traded band members with the 'Tones more than a few times), but soon grew into a distinct identity. Unlike nearly all of their 3rd wave ska
contemporaries, they played Clash
-inspired Genre Roulette
rather than mix and match musical genres
: their repertoire included punk songs, and reggae songs, and ska songs (but mostly punk songs), yet but precious little ska-punk or punk-reggae or what have you.
They recorded three albums in this varying manner for Tooth & Nail Records. Afterwards, they disappeared into the southern California underground music scene. In 2006, they put up a page on Myspace to let the outside world know that they still existed, and that they were working on a new album.Four years later
, The Rebel Soul Sound System
was released (for free
), and it was... different
. Punk, ska, and reggae were still present, but this time they were mashed into a thick stew (with reggae predominating), and for the first time the Dingees added ragga jungle, hip-hop, sound collages, extensive sampling, and thoroughly grimy production to the mix.
The lyrics were the same as they always were: rallying cries for global unity and the overthrow of the establishment, songs of alienation from modern society, celebrations of street culture, and ruminations on God and the Biblical
- Armageddon Massive (1998)
- Sundown to Midnight (1999)
- The Crucial Conspiracy (2001)
- The Rebel Soul Sound System (2010, free, here)
- Matt "Pegleg" Roberts: vocals, guitar, keys, sax
- Matt "Bean" Hernandez: bass
- Dave Chevalier: sax, keys, guitar, vocals (left just before the first album, then returned just after)
- Aaron Landers: guitar, keys (joined before Sundown to Midnight)
- Scott C. Rodgers: drums (joined before The Crucial Conspiracy)
- Tony Terusa: Drums
- Jon Bon: Trombone
- Jeff Holmes: Guitar
- Ethan Luck: Drums
All of these guys departed prior to the first album, with the exception of Ethan, who departed soon after the first album.
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