Reel Big Fish

Collective Concerts Presents

Reel Big Fish

The Pilfers, Dan Potthast

Fri, January 25, 2013

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 8:40 pm

Phoenix Concert Theatre

Toronto, Ontario


This event is all ages
Advance Tickets available at: Rotate This & Soundscapes

Reel Big Fish - (Set time: 10:55 PM)
Reel Big Fish
Reel Big Fish was one of the legions of Southern California ska-punk bands to edge into the mainstream following the mid-'90s success of No Doubt and Sublime. Like most of their peers, the band was distinguished by their hyperkinetic stage shows, juvenile humor, ironic covers of new wave pop songs, and metallic shards of ska. The group cultivated an underground following that broke into the mainstream in summer 1997, when their single "Sell Out" became a modern rock radio and MTV favorite. Their appearance in the movie "Baseketball" as the halftime band also gained them more fans and helped the bands popularity to grow. Still fronted by original lead singer and song writer Aaron Barrett, they continue releasing albums and touring relentlessly, playing more and more countries and bigger venues all over the world.

Reel Big Fish recorded its self-released debut album, "Everything Sucks", in 1995. "Everything Sucks" became a word-of-mouth underground hit in ska-punk and college circles, which gave the band enough leverage to sign with the indie label Mojo Records. The label's president, Jay Rifkin, and former Oingo Boingo bassist John Avila co-produced "Turn the Radio Off", which marked Reel Big Fish's first album for Mojo. "Turn the Radio Off" was unleashed in August 1996, and over the next year, the group continually toured in support of the album's release, expanding their fan base all the while. In spring 1997, the single "Sell Out" began receiving heavy airplay from several influential modern rock stations in the U.S., which soon translated into MTV support for the song's quirky video. By summer, the song had become a moderate modern rock hit, and the album had charted in the Top 100.
The Pilfers - (Set time: 9:50 PM)
Pilfers are a five-piece outfit out of New York City, that play a blend of ska, rock, hardcore, and reggae. They named this unique sound "raggacore".

Pilfers formed in 1997, when former Toasters vocalist, Coolie Ranx joined with former Bim Skala Bim trombonist, Vinny Nobile. To complete the lineup, they recruited the Skinnerbox rhythm section of Anna Milat-Meyer on bass and James Blanck on drums, as well as guitar player, Nick Bacon of The Erratics.

They released two full-length albums - the first, "Pilfers", self-released in 1998 and the other, Chawalaleng, in 1999, released on Mojo Records. The band toured extensively across the United States and gained a strong, loyal fan base known as "Pilfers Crew". In 2001, the band split up due to differences, but in 2005 the original line up reformed to do a reunion show at The Knitting Factory in New York City. There have been several sold out reunion shows since then, in New York, Boston, Philadelphia an CT.
Dan Potthast - (Set time: 9:00 PM)
Dan Potthast
"Dan Potthast is a living legend. Don't fuck with him. His influence on punk and ska bands runs deeper than you could possibly imagine. He is a songwriting and performing genius and has toured all over the world.. USA, UK, Russia, Scandinavia, Europe, Japan, Korea, Australia, and even Mars. Listen to any of the countless albums he has released with MU330 or as a solo artist, and you will certainly agree that he is an unstoppable lyricist and a master of melody."
Venue Information:
Phoenix Concert Theatre
410 Sherbourne Street
Toronto, Ontario, M5X 1K2