Moe's Alley presents The Specials lead guitarist RODDY RADIATION with his live band THE SKABILLY REBELS. Come early and don't miss Ska favorites TINGLY featuring Mike Mattingly of Skankin' Pickle fame.
Roddy Radiation Interview
Roddy Radiation "Lost Weekend"
After decades of treating audiences to his own Ska-Rockabilly brand of “Radiation” therapy, Roddy Byers is stepping away from the side of the stage as the Specials’ lead guitarist and into the center spotlight as the frontman/guitarist of his newest and best musical endeavor, the SKABILLY REBELS!
Roddy and his Skabilly Rebels are the next phase of an audio formula Byers has been working to perfect since the day he stepped into the recording studio with the Specials back in the 80s – a fusion of the driving rhythm of Ska and the gritty, hard edge of Rockabilly, also known as “Skabilly.” With the Skabilly Rebel’s debut album, BLUES ATTACK!, Byers and his boys Sam Smith (rhythm guitar), Matt Hart (drums), Mac (bass), and Jay Jones (keyboards) bring this sound screaming into beautiful reality, spanning a variety of sonic flavors from the cajun-edged “Black Zodiac,” to the breezy-ska of “Desire,” to the roots-rock flow of “Judgement Day,” to the blues anthem “Another Rusty Nail.” The unique vibe behind each Byers-penned original tune is tied together by that Skabilly heart and soul that flows through Byers’ vagabond voice and shredding guitar licks.
Each song’s rocksteady beat, vocal twang, and rocking riff takes the listener on a thrilling adventure of teenage angst, crazy weekends, long-lost love, cheating hearts, sudden death, and a deep longing for that which a simple department store window is holding back. The subject matter in the 16 tracks is diverse enough to leave any and all listeners able to find a piece of themselves in Byers’ lyrics.
Listen to BLUES ATTACK!, and prepare to move your body to the next, best wave of Ska’s evolution…embrace the sound of REBELLION today!
Tingly is Mike Mattingly’s musical project! He is a singer, songwriter, bass playing fanatic, guitar playing hack, piano playing wanna be and a lover of any musical instrument he can get his grubby, meaty paws on. Tingly is each and every day no matter the depth of the catastrophe or the breadth of the ocean of despair that surrounds us. Tingly was put on this planet to bring joy and a bounce to all those who desire the freedom of the soul to explode right out of the heart through the chest and into the universe. Tingly is the will to walk in lead shoes across deserts so vast that it is impossible to imagine the oasis that will be discovered through this journey! Tingly is here, now and forever! Welcome aboard!
“Free Mangos! Only 25 Cents!” is the most recent album by tingly. It was recorded throughout 2013 and finished early in 2014. This album is the culmination of mattingly as a song writer as he pulls from his vast vault of musical and emotional experiences.
Also you can check out Tingly’s first album “Beautiful View” Which is a largely acoustic album with an appearance of horns on two of the 11 songs. It has the feel of a back porch barbecue by the bay.
You will also find the single “Shake It loose” as well as the video made in 2011. It is a song about living through hard times but refusing to let it keep you down.
Mike Mattingly began his career in his garage in Campbell CA where he and Mike Park crafted the sound that would become Skankin’ Pickle. With the addition of lynette knackstedt and chuck phelps the pickle was off and skankin’. Latter Lars nylander and jerry lundquist rounded out the band as they set out on tour of all forty eight states in the continental us, hawai’i, canada and Mexico. Mike Mattingly was one of two main songwriters and singers recording on legendary third wave ska albums; Skafunkrastapunk and skankin’ pickle fever. During this time he also had a stint touring as bass player for second wave ska band; bad manners.
After exiting skankin’ pickle mattingly formed neosoreskin recording three album in 5 years from 1994 to 2000. This experimental band was an exercise in controlled chaos. Its big band arrangements featured a four-six piece horn section and a three piece rhythm section which would transition through musical styles such as funk, ska, klezmer, jazz, punk, noise, classical, reggae and hip-hop in just a few bars. Neosoreskin took this skavantegaurd sound to the West coast, sharing the stage with the likes of No Doubt, foo fighters, fishbone and moby. during this time mattingly could be found on stage playing trombone and percussion with hip-hop band Willies Conception. The three albums for Neosoreskin are “say hello to Neo”, “toiletry” and “Vicegription”.