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The Planet Smashers Celebrate 20 Years of Ska on Roots Rock Rebel April 23

This Wednesday, April 23, CKUT’s Aaron Maiden and Roots Rock Rebel will be hosting a little bit of history in our studios up on the mountain. Montreal’s very own party ska kings, The Planet Smashers, will be invading the studio from 10pm-12am to celebrate their 20th anniversary of making off-beat, off-kilter, and highly danceable music about drinking, surfing, the 80 bus, hockey, fighting aliens, and more drinking. Not only that, they’re fresh off a cross-Canada tour to launch their brand new album “Mixed Messages” on the label they started in a little garage in St-Lambert, Stomp Records. Both the Planet Smashers and Stomp Records would go on to pave the way for the rise of the Canadian ska scene, giving notable bands like The Kingpins, Bedouin Soundclash, and The Beatdown their start.

The Planet Smashers will also be celebrating their 20th anniversary with a big blow-out show on April 26 at Theatre Corona, alongside their labelmates The Creepshow, The Hunters, and The Skinny. We’ll be giving away a pair of tickets to a lucky listener who calls in, so you don’t wanna miss this!

Again, that’s this Wednesday, April 23 from 10pm-12am right here on the mothership, CKUT!

A little bit about the Planet Smashers from

FLASHBACK!: The year was 1994 and the world was a very different place….A happy-go-lucky Bill Clinton presided over the free world; Ace of Base topped the music charts with their insipid reggae-inspired hit The Sign; cats had yet to take over the internet, men and women wore acidwashed overalls slung from one shoulder à la Joey from Friends; and a young band of ragtag miscreants released their first full-length to an unsuspecting public. In case you haven’t been paying attention, that band was (and still is) The Planet Smashers.

Fast forward two decades, seven albums, one million records sold worldwide, six gazillion beers consumed, countless tours and one extremely blurry never-ending party to this futuristic and confusing present day. Who will save us from this current clusterfuck filled with beliebers, honey-booboos and bathroom selfies? Who will stand boldly in the face of the autotuned, deep-vee wearing douche chills crapping in the earholes of the world? Who will dare to play their own instruments while blasting out ska hooks so catchy you wish you could scoop them up and eat them like ice-cream?….You’re goddamned right it’s The Planet Smashers.

Mixed Messages is the 8th and arguably best long-player from our stalwart musical heroes. Combining their trademark concoction of two-tone ska, new wave, punkrock and pop sensibilities, The Smashers showcase their classic knack for writing immediately lovable tunes straight from the gut, all the while keeping their collective tongues planted firmly in their respective cheeks. These thirteen prolific tracks run the thematic gamut of party-punk anthems, dancefloor bangers, lovesongy crooners, geeky highsteppers to pissed-off melodic fistpumpers and back again, leaving the listener pleasantly spent and basking in an eargasmic afterglow. Mixed Messages is definitely a definitive, must-have album for new and old fans alike….or maybe it’s not, but it probably is…I think…or whatever. (see what I did there?).