The Interrupters – In The Wild

The Interrupters - In The Wild - album cover

Four years on from the release of Fight The Good Fight (and following a live album and concert film) Californian ska-punks The Interrupters returned in summer 2022 with their fourth album, In The Wild.

While they firmly established their sound a couple of records ago, and let’s be honest the basics of ska-punk haven’t really changed much in decades, what the four piece present here is something that shows them to be very at home in who they are and then playing with it with the help of a range of guest musicians.

The Interrupters - band 2022
The Interrupters

Along with regular collaborator, and somewhat long-standing patron, Tim Timebomb of Rancid the album features Rhoda Dakar of UK ska heroes The Bodysnatchers, Greg Lee and Alex Désert of Hepcat and seemingly the entirety of current UK ska band The Skints.

This leads to a good few moments of the band playing with their sound ranging from 2-Tone flavours on As We Live to an kind of gospel dub on Burdens and a more reggae sound on Love Never Dies while, at the other end of the spectrum, they head into almost emo territory on Raised By Wolves.

The Interrupters live

While this all makes for a record packed with songs custom built to get crowds skanking (something the band seem to have been doing the world over if their concert film, This Is My Family, is anything to go by) it’s the subjects of the songs that really make the record what it is.

Across the disc the four piece, made up of Aimee Interrupter (vocals) and brothers Kevin Bivona (guitar, vocals, production, piano and Hammond), Justin Bivona (bass and vocals) and Jesse Bivona (drums and vocals), all of whom have never been afraid of wearing their hearts on their sleeves, get more personal than ever, exploring alienation and their outsider status, along with more general mental health themes, even more than in the past.

The Interrupters with Rhoda Dakar
The Interrupters with Rhoda Dakar

In the hands of some the ‘outsider’ thing can feel hackneyed and somewhat like a pose but here it rings entirely true with Aimee really capturing how it can feel to be set apart socially, psychologically and otherwise in a way that balances directness with bigger (sometimes darker) thoughts and over all imbues it all with a sense of positivity which is infectious and inescapable.

Culminating on the terrific, slower number, Alien, which is something of a left turn to the band’s usual sound, In The Wild sees The Interrupters continue to find room for growth as a band within the often rather rigid ska-punk genre while leading the charge for a mental outlook that feels more needed than ever in the world today, while also being tunes to get people moving.

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