REEL BIG FISH - 'Life Sucks...Let's Dance!' - Album Review
REEL BIG FISH - 'Life Sucks...Let's Dance!' - Album Review 10
REEL BIG FISH - 'Life Sucks...Let's Dance!' - Album Review 10
REEL BIG FISH - 'Life Sucks...Let's Dance!' - Album Review 10
REEL BIG FISH - 'Life Sucks...Let's Dance!' - Album Review 10
REEL BIG FISH - 'Life Sucks...Let's Dance!' - Album Review 10
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With the late-2018 release of the band’s 8th studio LP, “Life Sucks…Let’s Dance” (Rock Ridge Music) Reel Big Fish are finding themselves with a new focus and a renewed sense of purpose, as well as a dare we say it happier outlook on life.

With 15 tracks on this album you certainly have a lot of mostly happy, upbeat fun songs recorded at the Pot Of Gold studios in Orange CA. Barrett says, “We started recording the album in January 2018 and really took our time with it. Our friend and engineer David Irish just finished building his new studio “Pot of Gold” in Orange, CA, and we loved how everything sounds there. There’s just really good energy and good vibes there, plus there’s a really adorable studio kitten named Iggy Fluff there, so we may have accidentally made a positive, happy record instead of a pissed off, hateful record, oops…well, there’s a little pissed off-ness in there and some sarcastic, funny lyrics as usual! Also, I just got married so there might be a few sappy love songs on the album too! Yuck!”

He adds, “Recording the album with this line up was really fun, we all get along really well these days and everybody was excited to make a new record. Everybody had lots of great ideas and really got creative with everything and I really think it shows. The new single “You Can’t Have All of Me,” is a danceable sing-along, catchy, hooky good old Reel Big Fish song. We didn’t reinvent the wheel… We just painted more checkers on it!” As soon as you hit play on the first track ‘Life Sucks Lets Dance’ you hear the real fun vibes and dance along feel and as with every track, you can hear the guys had a great time in the studio. Since their first record in 1995 the band have evolved into what you hear on this record, a finely tuned party machine!

If you are looking to have a good vibe, fun CD to play then look no further, some may prefer the harder edged SKA bands but these guys are so polished and clean sounding that you cant help love their sound, and for those who cant dance, like me , it wont stop you trying.

You’ll be instantly hooked by Reel Big Fish!


Tony Hebblethwaite

1. “Life Sucks… Let’s Dance!”
2. “Pissed Off”
3. “You Can’t Have All of Me” 2:44
4. “In Love Again”
5. “Tongue Tied and Tipsy Too”
6. “Bleached Thang, Baby”
7. “Another Beer Song”
8. Bob Marley‘s Toe”
9. “Ska Show” (The Forces of Evil cover) 3:15
10. “The Good Old Days” (The Forces of Evil cover)
11. “G.D. Beautiful Day”
12. “I Should Know By Now”
13. “I’d Rather Get It Wrong”
14. “Walter’s Highlife”

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UK Tour with Less Than Jake

11.13 Norwich, UK UEA

11.14 Manchester, UK 02 Ritz

11.15 Glasgow, UK ABC

11.17 Dublin, Ireland Button Factory

11.18 Dublin, Ireland Button Factory

Tickle My Tiki TOURch (with Ballyhoo!, We Are The Union)

11.23 Sayreville, NJ Starland Ballroom – “SKANKSGIVING” Tickets

11.24 Clifton Park, NY Upstate Concert Hall Tickets

11.25 Baltimore, MD Baltimore Soundstage Tickets

11.27 Lynchburg, VA Phase 2 Tickets

11.28 Norfolk, VA The NorVa Tickets

11.29 Athens, GA Georgia Theatre Tickets


The ‘Life Sucks…Let’s Dance’ Tour (with MEST, Bikini Trill)

1.11 Big Bear Lake, CA The Cave

1.12 Fresno, CA Strummer’s

1.13 Sacramento, CA Ace of Spades

1.15 Spokane, WA Knitting Factory

1.16 Vancouver, BC Commodore Ballroom

1.18 Jackson Hole, WY Pink Garter Theatre

1.19 Billings, MT The Pub Station

1.20 Missoula, MT The Wilma

1.22 Fargo, ND Sanctuary Events Center

1.23 Des Moines, IA Wooly’s

1.25 Bloomington, IL The Castle Theatre

1.26 Columbia, MO The Blue Note

1.27 Tulsa, OK Cain’s Ballroom

1.29 San Antonio, TX The Aztec Theatre

1.30 Dallas, TX House of Blues

1.31 Lubbock, TX Jake’s Backroom

2.1 Albuquerque, NM Sunshine Theater

2.2 Tucson, AZ The Rock


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