The Onerous Occasions is a present to this world. Or at the very least, a present for me, the target market for his or her Onion-esque satires of music and music fandoms, notably of the underground selection. For instance: the positioning just lately revealed a pleasant package deal highlighting the Finest Ska Bands in each US state, which actually went above and past to embrace the worst cliche jokes about ska whereas additionally highlighting some implausible bands at various ranges of success throughout the nation.
There are the apparent ones — the Bosstones, Reel Massive Fish, Streetlight Manifesto, plus some rad nu-tone teams like Catbite, Kill Lincoln, and Unhealthy Operation. And naturally, The Onerous Occasions demonstrates a fond appreciation for wacky ska pun band names, together with each The Skashank Redemption and The Ska-Skank Redemption, that are certainly completely different bands from completely different states.
However then there’s South Dakota. Fucking South Dakota. The Onerous Occasions’ writers searched far and broad to discover a ska band in each state — even Alaska has one (and their title is not even the apparent pun!). However South Dakota is seemingly a black gap of upstrokes and trombones and “pickitups” and dancy post-punk racial justice funtimes.
However perhaps we should not be that shocked. It is South Dakota in spite of everything.
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