The Resignators, from Victoria, Australia, are a seven headed brash and boisterous ska punk monster, featuring blistering guitar, thumping bass, melodious keyboards, driving drums and a military like horn section, ready to attack, putting a bomb under the relatively easy, feel-good vibes that are often spun in the genre, with their punk-inflected ska.
If anything, they show a more balanced blending of the two genres without becoming too much of one or the other.
Monkey Tamarind was inspired by an old Calypso song and tells a tale of a young man receiving advice from his family about making major life changes and questioning the ethics of his actions with a young lady crush. A monkey tamarind is an itchy fruit that grows in the Caribbean and is often used as a prank in schoolyards across the islands. “Mama said don’t scratch that itch...”
Monkey Tamarind pays tribute to foundation ska but brings a modern approach to the genre.
Released on all streaming platforms and bandcamp on June 9th,
and as a 7” vinyl split single with Loin Groin’s “Kiwi Bothers”
with a matinee single launch performance featuring
both bands at Northcote Social Club on June 19th.
The Resignators' take on ska is heavy and they tend toward raucous rock with something of a ska twist, but most of all they make you dance!
Think Australia's The Cat Empire mixed with the UK's The Clash on a warm summers afternoon on an Australian beach sipping large margaritas, palm trees swaying on the breeze and the sweet sound of rock'n'roll blasting from the car stereo, girls dancing on the sand, that's The Resignators.
It’s no wonder that the band have caught the attention and eardrums of punk fans throughout the world. They seem to have it all: their catchy, infectious sound, combined with the loudness and aggressiveness of punk rock, make them one of the most intriguing bands of the ska genre.
Much has changed since 2005 but the drive and search of good times, great music and an audience willing to dance their arses off remains.
No strangers to the road, The Resignators, have toured extensively throughout Australia, Europe and North America including some of the world's largest festivals, St Kilda Festival (Australia), Caloundra Festival (Australia), Open Flair (Germany), Ottawa Blues Festival (Canada), Train to Skaville (Croatia), Mighty Sounds (Czech Republic), Victoria Ska Fest (Canada), Pod Paru (Czech Republic) and many others whilst continuing to grow their sound and spread good vibes worldwide.