Saturday, May 24, 2008

Jive Step Bunch/King 7 And The Soulsonics Split 7 Inch

City: Ft. Lauderdale
Years Active: 1995 - 1999
Type of Music: Ska
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Taken from the King 7 myspace:

King 7 and the Soulsonics were a Ska band based in Ft. Lauderdale Florida from 1995 - 1999. The band was formed by a mish-mash group of disgruntled punks, indie rockers,skins, rudies, and band camp geeks. We managed to establish a pretty good following throughout Florida and the South East, touring the east coast twice and playing long weekends in the Florida-Georgia area constantly. We even managed to get ourselves banned from Georgia's coolest venue- the Velvet Elvis.

We often shared local shows with our Florida-ska friends Magadog, the Coldspot 8, Pork Pie Tribe, the Strangeways The Usuals, and the Double Agents. We sometimes got to play shows with our friends from Florida's finest indie bands like the Belltones, AAA, Gus, The Vacant Andy's, the Shakers, the Starts, Shai Halud, Tension, The Agency and A New Found Glory. We were often asked play bigger shows while touring throughout the southeast with the likes of The Skatalites, The Selecter, Yellowman, Slackers, The Specials, Stubborn All Stars, The Toasters, the Scofflaws, The Pilfers, Skavoovie, Los Fabulous Cadillacs, Venice Shoreline Chris Murray, and many many other great groups. We played the fucking SLAMMIES!!! - we may have even won a slammie, but I never actually saw it (Tim probably smashed it).

We played some of floriduh's finest venues including the Edge, the Cameo Theater, The State Theater, Sapphire Supper Club, Covered Dish, Hardback Cafe, Respectable Street Cafe's, Tavern 213, Cheers, Button South, etc....we played our fair share of warehouse shows too. We released a 7"inch single (Rudeboy Invasion) and appeared on a bunch of complilations including Moon SKa's Skarmegeddon 3. They put us on the cover of the Miami New times...The Skatalite's Lloyd Brevett even blew up Tim's Bass Amp! what an honor! Clint O'Neil gave us props on the air!! and Prince Buster showed up at the Button (Ok, he was probably there to see the Selector)......Our best recordings were done throughout 1998 with Jeremey DuBois at Tapeworm Studios in N. Miami beach - unfortunately these 12 songs were never actually released and they really were our best work...They do exist though - I have the masters and I intend to use them! Check out the 4 songs here.

By the end of our run we were touring florida as the backing band for King Django in the winter of 1998-1999, we broke it up almost immediately after that short tour. We had a bunch of different members in those 3 years and we always had a great time. The Florida Ska Scene was always good to us. Some of us still play music with other bands. Thanx.

Jive Step Bunch - "Skinhead Girl"

King 7 and the Soulsonics - "Rudeboy Invasion"


Anonymous said...

wowwww thanks for this... i bought this at that record store in the strip mall by dadeland on US1 with the health food store... what was that called?

Abel F. said...

Man that store only lasted a couple of months and it was a goddamned shame cuz I bought plenty of good vinyl there. The name though, I can't remember. It was something generic.

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Anonymous said...

i think i saw these guys open up for Los Fabulosos Cadillacs at the edge... fun band.... really good... too bad they broke up..