This is Mutiny! A New Skacore band

February 12, 2024

Mutiny! A New Band Featuring members of of Voodoo Glow Skulls, Dissidente, Death by Stereo, The Adolescents, The Sun Must Die and Matamoska

In the tumultuous year of 2020, amidst global upheaval and uncertainty, the seeds of Mutiny were sown. What began as a collaboration between saxophonist Eric Fazzini (of Voodoo Glow Skulls), guitarist Jordan Pepper, and vocalist/guitarist Chris Ruckus (from Dissidente), soon blossomed into a dynamic musical endeavor that defies genre conventions.

With Eric's relocation to Pittsburgh, where Chris Ruckus resided, the two musicians struck up a friendship. Meanwhile, Eric and Jordan, lifelong friends, began crafting a skacore project remotely. As the world ground to a halt, the trio continued to collaborate, enlisting the talents of vocalist Efrem Schulz (of Death by Stereo, Manic Hispanic, and Voodoo Glow Skulls), bassist Adam Shah, trombonist Jose Pazsoldan (of Voodoo Glow Skulls), drummer Mike Cambra (of Death by Stereo, The Adolescents, and The Sun Must Die), and organist Esteban Flores (of Matamoska) to round out the lineup.

Mutiny's sound is a melting pot of influences, blending skacore, hardcore, and metal elements into a sonic tapestry that defies categorization. According to Efrem Schulz, the band's eclectic blend of styles creates something entirely unique, with vocal stylings reminiscent of Death by Stereo complemented by a musical landscape that traverses genre boundaries.

Yet, Mutiny is more than just a ska supergroup; it's a storytelling venture with a twist. The band's debut EP serves as a Mutiny-EP-Digital-Cover.jpg (3.10 MB)prologue to a larger narrative, complemented by a companion manga penned by Chris Ruckus. Inspired by his desire to explore meaningful themes beyond the realm of politics, Ruckus conceived a fictional world where class warfare and environmental degradation take center stage.

The band's first single, "This is a Eulogy," offers a glimpse into the dystopian universe of Mutiny, where climate change has driven humanity to seek refuge on the moon. With Efrem and Chris Ruckus at the helm, the song sets the stage for an epic saga that unfolds across both musical and visual mediums.

In a nod to their ties to Japanese culture, Mutiny collaborated with FRAIL, a Japanese ska band, to produce a Japanese-language version of their tracks. Eric's longstanding admiration for FRAIL led to the collaboration, bridging the gap between American and Japanese ska scenes in a harmonious fusion of musical styles.

As Mutiny prepares to release their debut EP, the band looks to the future with excitement and ambition. With plans to integrate their music into comic and anime conventions, alongside appearances at music festivals and ska shows, Mutiny aims to bring their skacore sound to a diverse audience of manga lovers and music enthusiasts alike.

The EP, featuring FRAIL's Japanese B-side, is set for release on February 20, 2024, through Ska Punk International Records, offering fans a glimpse into the multifaceted world of Mutiny. Whether through their music or manga, Mutiny invites listeners to join them on an immersive journey where boundaries blur and imagination reigns supreme.


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