Subculture, in 2015, and they’re sounding fierce.
Thanks in part to DJ Don Letts spinning a whole bunch of reggae records for the punks at London’s Roxy Club, the English ska scene was born in the late 1970s. The ethnically diverse West Midlands was ground zero, and bands like The Specials, The (English) Beat and The Selecter went against the punk grain by adding dancehall fun and removing much of the nihilism, though none of the topical lyrical intensity. Coventry’s The Selecter, led by force-of-nature Pauline Black, had a string of hit singles before calling it quits in 1981. This current tour is part of the second reunion Black has instigated, and Arthur “Gaps” Hendrickson of the classic lineup is back in this time. The band put out a new studio album,