Disneyland, California is where they found their fame.
Now third wave ska veterans, Suburban Legends, are bringing their distinct blend of fizzy ska and sugary pop to the more rugged surroundings of Huddersfield.
The award-winning Parish venue will host the band as they tour the UK ahead of their latest release, ‘Dreams Aren’t Real But These Songs Are’, a reverently played and imaginatively arranged collection of Disney classics.
Suburban Legends’ story begins in the early 2000s at the famous American theme park.
For years the high school formed group had a regular gig as the house band performing covers and originals, winning hearts and minds with their boundless energy.
Their career has seen them build an impressive live profile playing multiple tours throughout the US, UK, Europe, and Canada, with support runs with big names like Reel Big Fish, Less Then Jake, Bowling for Soup, and Goldfinger.
It’s been an epic tale for these ska innovators: a couple of high school chums who’ve stuck together for the music through touring van fires and robberies, and tragically losing a band mate.
“What keeps us motivated is that we believe in what we do,” frontman Vincent Walker says.
“We have fun making music, and we love sharing it with other people. It’s such a positive thing.
“We want to continue making as many people happy as possible.”
Their mini-album, released on May 26, brings euphoric ska-flavoured grooves to a host of popular Disney covers.
On it, the group brings their own twist to songs like ‘A Dream Is A Wish’ from Cinderella and ‘You’ve Got A Friend In Me’ from Toy Story.
Vincent says: “With these classic songs, you hear them once and you’re humming them for weeks.
“I learned so much about songwriting.
“There’s an effective simplicity here that will definitely impact us on our next album.”
Huddersfield’s own ska legends Wobbly Bob will come out of hiatus as main support for the gig tomorrow with pop-punkers Drunken Duncan.
Parish booker, Mikey Baird, said: “Expect big smiles, dance routines, maybe even a few Disney numbers thrown in for good measure.
“The last time they were here it sold out and we had the whole room bouncing.”
Tickets are £8 advance - doors 8pm.
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