Reel Big Fish Announce New Summer Tour Dates

Courtesy:  Rock Ridge Music

Courtesy: Rock Ridge Music

Veteran ska band Reel Big Fish has announced that it will hit the road this summer.

Reel Big Fish will tour this summer in support of its latest release Candy Coated Fury. The band—Aaron Barrett (vocals/guitar), Billy Kottage (trombone), John Christianson (trumpet), Ryland Steen (drums), Derek Gibbs (bass), Matt Appleton (saxophone/vocals)– will kick off its tour Thursday, June 5th in Oklahoma City Oklahoma. Also along for the ride on the band’s tour will be the New Jersey-based band Survay Says!

Along with its primary tour dates, Reel Big Fish has been announced as one of the bands to perform at this year’s Amnesia Rockfest in Quebec. Also on the bill for the festival are: Blink 182, Weezer, Alice in Chains and more. The band’s latest schedule of tour dates is listed below. More dates will be announced at later dates.

Upcoming Tour Dates:

Summer Tour with Survay Says! More Dates WILL be added SOON!

6/5/14: Oklahoma City, OK – Bricktown Music Hall

6/9/14: Sioux Falls, SD – The District

6/10/14: Minneapolis, MN – Mill City Nights

6/11/14: Iowa City, IA – Blue Moose

6/12/14: Kalamazoo, MI – District Square

6/13/14: Lansing, MI – The Loft

6/14/14: Toronto, ON – Opera House

6/15/14: London, ON – London Music Hall

6/21/14: Montebello, QC – Montebello Marina: Amnesia Rockfest

6/22/14: Portland, ME – Port City Music Hall

6/23/14: Northampton, MA – Pearl Street

6/26/14: Little Rock, AR – Juanita’s

6/27/14; Dallas, TX – Trees

6/29/14: Houston, TX – House of Blues Houston


July 6th – Sonisphere – Knebworth Park Stevenage, UK

July 9th – Wedgewood Rooms – Portsmouth, UK

July 10th – Guildhall – Gloucester, UK

July 11th – Boileroom – Guildford, UK

July 12th – Princess Pavilion – Falmouth, UK

July 13th – Nass Festival – Shepton Mallet – Somerset, UK

July 14th – Komedia – Bath, UK

July 19th – Overdrive Encore – Kapfenberg, Austria

July 26th – Greenville Festival – Berlin, Germany

July 31st – Brooklyn Bowl – London, UK


August 1st – Y-Not Festival – Matlock, Derbyshire, UK

August 2nd – Academy – Liverpool, UK

August 3rd – Kendal Calling – Lowther Deer Park, Lake District, UK

August 7th – Punk Rock Holiday Festival – Tolmin Slovenia

August 8th – Open Flair Festival – Seebuhne, Germany

August 10th – Boardmasters Festival – Newquay, Cornwall, UK

August 13th – Nass Festival – Shepton Mallet – Somerset,UK

August 15th – Open Air Gampel – Gampel, Switzerland

August 16th – Hevy Fest – Port Lympne, Kent, UK

August 17th – Merthyr Rock 2014 – Cyfarthfa Park, Merthyr Tydfil, South Wales, UK

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Reel Big Fish’s New LP Is Real Big Fun

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Reel Big Fish has rolled a lucky seven on its new LP, “Candy Coated Fury.”  This new album is…well…real big fun.  Rather than take an angry tone, the band takes serious concepts, and approaches them in a much more light hearted manner.  That could be the reason for the album’s title.

 “Candy Coated Fury” opens with a song whose title cannot be repeated due to certain language used in the title.  That aside, it’s a good re-introduction for this Orange County, California based ska band.  Front man Aaron Barrett sings on the album’s opener of how selfish people are, and how he tries to not be like everyone else.  But because of how everyone else is, it makes it tough to not be like them.  That song is followed up with a great punk style song in ‘Punisher.’  When the band breaks into the chorus, singing, “You’re a punisher”, there’s even a touch of The Ramones in the way the band sings.

The band keeps that light hearted tone on the album’s third track, ‘She’s Not The End of The World.’  While the title does seem to be from the male standpoint, women could use it too and make it into a female POV about a guy.  Instead of being another standard oh-woe-is-me style song, Barrett takes the listener like an old college buddy, and sings about a breakup, “She’s not the end of the world.”  The up-tempo musical backing really adds to the positive vibe of the song.  It’s one of those songs that as simple as it is, is really uplifting. 

Speaking of an uplifting song, any of the songs on this album could be defined in that sense.  And everyone will have their own favorite.  One that every audience should definitely hear is the song, ‘Hiding in My headphones.’  This is a straight up feel good song about the joy that music brings.  Barrett sings on ‘Hiding in My Headphones’, “I’m hotter than my headphones/Gonna turn them up so loud/Gonna drown this whole world out/and everyone can see/that they won’t bother me.”  This is another great message for listeners.  It’s something to which any listener can relate.  Who doesn’t love to just turn on some good music and tune out the world and its problems once in a while.  Suffice to say this is one of the best tracks on “Candy Coated Fury.”

Reel Big Fish has been making music for a very long time.  And now on its seventh album, the band has proven that it’s as strong as ever, making music that walks that fine line of ska, punk and pop punk, as noted in the songs presented.  Even if it doesn’t finally give the band the mainstream acclaim that it so rightly deserves, it’s one work that will make its long time fans happy and will even potentially garner the band even more fans, given the right coverage.  “Candy Coated Fury is available now both in stores and online.  It can be ordered directly through the band’s Facebook page,  Fans can also get all the latest news and more through the band’s Facebook page and its official website,

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