Cheap Suits Canadian Idles

Though they sing proudly of unity and fly the ska flag proudly, this Toronto-area quintet has gained their reputation based around their solid, memorable pop songs. While the strength of their songwriting means that they would sound great played in any style, the ska flavour and energy displayed on this collection makes for an even more engaging listen. From the musically loving refrain of "Ska Saves” to the tongue-in-cheek "Lead Singer” (a song about pining for Taylor Hanson), to the album standout "My Ever Lasting,” the melodies remain catchy and sunny-sounding and the playing upstroke-heavy. Currently local ska favourites, songs like these can only keep a band "local” for so long. (Independent)