by Lexi Bissonnette
Ska music combines the best of multiple genres- the rhythm and sound of reggae and jazz to the upbeat energy in rock. Not always the easiest sound to capture and succeed in, The Pinstripes have done just that for the past ten years and they’re coming to Philly on the 19th.
Beginning back in 2003, the band has seen many changes and evolutions but one constant is lead singer and writer Michael Sarason. “We’ve had a handful of different incarnations over the years. We started as more of a fast ADD ska punk band and now shifted into a more groovy, reggae and soul sound,” says Sarason.
Not only has the band been around for a decade, they’ve won the Cincinnati Entertainment Award for Best World Band in 2007, 2009 and 2010. Sarason felt winning even once was an honor, and to win three times even better.
Their evolution in sound hasn’t completely taken from the band’s ska roots, Sarason explains. Their concerts are still uptempo and fast and they want to get fans off their feet and involved. They knew they were playing niche music but they’ve never had a problem doing what they love. ” We just try to be a badass live band, put on a good show and write the best tunes that we can.” Or being able to find the fans to listen.
While 2013 might mean a decade for the band it also brings a lot of firsts for them too. “We’ve been going at it a long time but this year we’ve really picked up the pace.” They recently toured new states including California, Arizona and Colorado, adding to their ever growing fan base. They also toured with their influences, the Slackers, earlier in the year. This year also brought their first 7″ release, one that Sarason explains will hopefully be the first in a series.
The band has been playing all over this year but like all bands, nothing beats performing in their hometown. “Playing at home is the best. It’s what you want so bad because people are there screaming out all the words,” says Sarason. And while Philly might not be home for the band, Sarason assures they bring their all at every concert. So make sure you don’t miss them!