Chase Long Beach Gravity Is What You Make It

Chase Long Beach Gravity Is What You Make It
Guest guitars by Reel Big Fish's Aaron Barrett? Guest trumpets by Catch 22's Kevin Gunther? Can you say, "ska-super-album"? Chase Long Beach have returned with a sophomore album that takes their original party-frenzy ska music and attempts to develop it into an even bigger co-ed concoction of guitars-meets-brass-meets-guitars, which actually isn't always so dandy. "We've Got Pockets Like Nobody's Business" starts off with a guitar riff eerily similar to Sum 41's "Makes No Difference To Me," a bizarre riff to rip off considering the stylistic differences. The alternating vocals between Karen Roberts and Patrick Fitzgerald add an atypical but fresh and appreciated dynamic to their skank-worthy songs. "The Beginning" is a bit of a jam track but shows Chase Long Beach aren't afraid to try new things, thus setting them apart from their competitors. While it's overall a solid release that shows a great amount of skill and development, it is simply not enough to market them as the "new kings and queens of ska" like Victory is attempting. (Victory)