Slow Children at Play | Let's Kick This Thing

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Let's Kick This Thing

by Slow Children at Play

Try mixing The Toasters, Specials, Blink 182, and Mustard Plug together, and you might get close to what this band sounds like on a regular basis. Oh, and you can't forget about Reel Big Fish and Less Than Jake.
Genre: Rock: Ska
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1. Intro
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2. Unsteady
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3. Out of Sight, Out of Mind
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4. Another Day at the Lake
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5. Trial and Error
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6. Thanks for Nothing
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7. Subway II
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8. Oh Baby
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9. What I Need
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10. Rudy
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11. Snob City
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12. Point of View
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13. Oh Baby Returns
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14. Codename: Oatmeal
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Get SCAP's FIRST studio CD here - http://cdbaby.com/cd/scap2
Formed in 1996, Slow Children at Play (SCAP) have evolved in to a widely recognized, respected and requested band. Their innovative brand of music has been described as Blink 182 meets Reel Big Fish and a jam band. Their energy and perserverence has resulted in two independently released studio albums, one live album and a number of spots on nationally distributed compilations.

In early 2000, SCAP were flown to Illinois courtesy of College Television Network (CTN) and Mentos (Van Melle Corporation) to open for Pink (Arista/La Face) and Stroke 9 (Cherry Entertainment/Universal).

Following this, SCAP were invited to play at the Frederick Brown Jr. Amphitheater, which has hosted the likes of B.B. King, Alabama, Third Day and Drivin' n Cryin'. At the Amphitheater, they opened for Helen Reddy. This appearance paved the way for SCAP's invitation to play with the Swingin' Medallions.

Meanwhile, SCAP were beginning a foray into cyberspace. Since then, they have grown on the Internet to become internationally recognized. With four domain names, free E-Mail accounts and tons of content, SCAP transfers more than a gigabyte of data each month.

Their presence on the Internet has also led to a number of awards, among which are mPulse.com awards for top song (for 4 songs) and top band. In addition, SCAP most recently won the Southern Local Area Bands 2000 People's Choice Award. Consequently, SCAP has been shipping merchandise to England and Japan as well as all over the United States.

MTV recently licensed and used SCAP's music in multiple episodes of their popular teen soap opera Undressed.
Simultaneously, SCAP were being added to FM radio stations and Internet radio stations throughout the world (Currently more than 65 stations have SCAP in their rotatione. Notably, Radio Disney has played SCAP and WUOG 90.5 in Athens, Georgia produced a live broadcast of SCAP.
Other media affiliates that SCAP have worked with include Georgia State University's GSTV; SweptAway TV in Boca Raton, Florida; 11 Alive News, an NBC affiliate and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Island Records gave SCAP consistant high marks for their musicianship on their latest album describing SCAP's style as "very good music." The Degenerate Press, known for it's no nonsense and sometimes-harsh reviews, mentions the "smooth, well produced ska with great horns and decent guitar work." The Global Muse, known throughout the Indie scene, goes further into detail by saying that SCAP have "a horn section that smokes and a rhythm section that drives it home ... [their] music is very hooky and contains just the right amount of upbeat posture that makes every song an experience."

The current line-up is Christian Jolly on guitar and vocals, Eric Henson on percussion, Chris Haugh on trumpet, Mike Coloney on trumpet, Ryan Haylock on tenor sax and Graham Ingram on bass.


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David Candler (gigamerica)

Magical Moments from SCAP
The sheer jigginess of modern ska music disturbs me. I'm sorry, Slow Children At Play, this is personal. It's just that I've played too many shows with rude boys over the years. And most artists of the non-skanking variety know the routine before such gigs …
"That ska band," the promoter will always tell you. "They always get the crowd going, THEY'RE gonna close the show."
What, I've always wanted to ask those promoters, has "getting a crowd going" got to do with art? But I never did ask, for fear of getting a trombone shoved up my rear.
I'll restrain my anger at the bastardization of what is actually a fine musical genre for the purposes of this review.
Because Let's Kick This Thing, the second album from Slow Children At Play, has plenty of interesting musical moments - some are magical even - and though it slips off the rails a little too much into straightforward and unremarkable rock, this 14-track offering from the sevenpiece from Peachtree City, Georgia, is for the most part extremely entertaining.
Christian Jolly's cool, monotone vocals are a big factor in the album's sonic success, best heard on Unsteady and, as the reverb on the guitars threatens to devour Trial and Terror, Jolly claws the song back with some fine understated lines. Wisely, Jolly rarely tries to reach outside of what is his fairly limited range, and, within a musical style where players generally have a tendency to get too darned excitable, he's to be congratulated.
Slow Children At Play get to play out bigtime on the operatic Subway II, mixing ska, heavy rock and surf pop in equal measures, and there's true, though very non-ska musical maturity, on the closing track, Codename: Oatmeal.

Dave

Good Tunes, Needs PUNK.
If you like the Toasters or their style of Ska then you would enjoy this CD. This is straight up ska. I need more punk-ska.

Mike Acuna


Hey, I play guitar for Forward Area (sXe street punk band) and our lead singer Erik has been talking to Mike Coloney a lot lately. I bought this CD at your show at Market Street Pub about 1 year ago in Gainesville, FL. This is by far one of the best independent ska band records I have ever heard and your show was fucking awesome. I hope you guys plan on coming back to Gainesville some time soon so I can check your show again. Maybe sometime in the future we can work out a show with you guys.

By Carey Mclaughlin (for The Red & Black)

"SCAP Sucks," proclaims the official band Web site for the group Slow Children A
This seven-piece outfit plays a very laidback style of ska, much closer to The Toasters or The Specials than newer hybrids such as Less Than Jake. But through the 'Net, listeners can make up their minds whether the Web site title is tongue-in-cheek or not.

"WARNING:" the site continues, "This CD may cause involuntary dancing." From the opening track "Unsteady" to numbers such as "Outta Sight, Outta Mind" the seven-piece band plays solid if not amazing music on "Let's Kick This Thing" -- SCAP's second, self-produced CD.

It's upbeat and entertaining, and Eric Henson's standout percussion keeps the band moving. Ryan Haylock adds in some soulful tenor sax on the instrumental "What I Need," which adds another layer to the mix. Recorded in a week and a half in Newnan, the CD is definitely a rough cut, but you can't deny the group's obvious talent. The last instrumental jam, "Codename Oatmeal," sounds as if it was recorded and mixed while simultaneously funneling grain alcohol.

Overall there is enough energy, talent and humor on "Let's Kick This Thing" to warrant a listen.

Michael Allison (the Global Muse)

I don't get the chance to review many albums of this quality
SCAP is one of those types of bands that delivers their music in that pure and smooth fashion. The music is a great ska sound with a horn section that smokes and a rhythm section that drives it home. In fact, I was truly impressed by the entire band. The musicianship is amazing here. The recording is one of the things that made enjoying this band so easy. I really loved the way that the horns bounced through the left and right channels. The songwriting is pretty good also. Very intelligent songs with a great set of pipes running the show. This music is very hooky and contains just the right amount of upbeat posture that makes every song an experience. This is one of those albums that ska fans will truly enjoy and something that will definitely have to add to their collection. - Michael Allison

Tom Yanno (musician's Realm)

Mostly a marriage of alternative and reggae, Let’s Kick This Thing is an energet
Although a little wacky, the CD is entertaining and civilized. All songs are original and the album is upbeat and spiced with a horn section comprised of Chris Haugh and Mike Coloney on trumpet and Ryan Haylock on tenor sax. Lead vocals and guitar are handled by Christian Jolly with Eric Henson on percussion, Jon Brown on keyboards and Don Lambing on bass.

Kali H. (listen.com)

SCAP rocks.
Just when you're expecting another crazy Ska band dropping up/down beats with the rapidity of tommy gun fire, Slow Children At Play come along and slow things down to a non-dizzying pace. This doesn't saunter like first wave Ska, mind you, but you won't have to step quite so lively that you endanger yourself.

Matt Ashworth (loser From Nada Mucho ;)

SCAP rocks my socks.
Oh joy, it’s another crappy punk band with horns! Slow Children at Play are seven youngsters from the Atlanta area trying to resurrect the spirit of the Toasters and the Specials. Sadly, although the boys try to slow the mix down a bit and let the groove settle, they end up, like most modern ska bands, sounding like a bunch of high-school marching band rejects with one too many Less Than Jake records in their collection.

While most of those bands went on to some degree of indie notoriety and critical acclaim, Boy Scout Treason did not. If it’s a just world, neither will Slow Children at Play. Which isn't to say Let's Kick this Thing is a terrible album. If you aren't already tired of the countless bands playing some variation of tired ska themes, and you just want to jam out with a few buddies for some mindless fun, you could do a lot worse. (4/10) – MA