Best Neo-Ska Band - 2010
Chase Long Beach
In the early-to-mid-'90s, ska was cool—record labels were signing ska bands, everyone knew the difference between two-tone and neo-ska, and Orange County was the place to be. Fast forward to 2010: While ska isn't as hip as chill wave, and the genre's fans aren't as rabidly hardcore as rockabilly fans, Chase Long Beach are still making ska music as if it were 1995—and by that, we mean relevant, fun and frenetically cool. The six-piece have toured with OC legends Reel Big Fish (Aaron Barrett produced their debut), and in 2009, they signed to Victory Records and released their second album, Gravity Is What You Make It.