Penarth Rocks week continues. We all know that music revellers of any Mack Events party love a bit of Ska music. This year they’ve brought in Too Toned to play at Penarth Rocks, and they are super excited. We caught up with the group and this is what they had to say.
Explain to the people of the Vale what too toned is all about?
We’re a 7 piece Ska band and are just out to have fun. We pride ourselves on a wall of harmonious sound hitting you in the face, and if we don’t at least get your leg twitching you’re probably dead from the inside.
As a ska act which bands and songs have had the main influences on the band?
It’s really hard to nail down any one song that influences the band, but my personal favourite is The Specials, Nite Klub. We love the Ska classics from Toots and the Maytals through to Desmond Dekker but know how much people love the Ska revival tracks from The Specials and Madness etc. so we’re happy to oblige any way we can.
What do you think was special about the ska era that acts like yourselves are still putting on tribute gigs today?
The Ska era was a great time that got people fighting the norm and expressing themselves through music whether it was through dancing the night away, shaving your head or acting miserable (until the music started), anything went – which is true to the day I suppose. It really doesn’t matter if you’re 18 or 80, Ska music really is addictive!
What’s been the favourite gig you have ever done and why?
One of my favourite gigs was at Rhoose Music Festival last summer, following The Heisenbergs who are a really great band in their own right, we headlined and didn’t really know what to expect but it was a really magical, truly festival atmosphere with everyone dancing in the dark. What a great night!
What can the music lovers at Penarth rocks expect from too toned?
Expect an electric performance from ‘UK’s most authentic Ska sound’!
What other gigs do you have coming up in 2017
We challenge you not to be entertained!
Penarth Rocks is on April 29th at the Paget Rooms in Penarth. Tickets are just £15 and are available from www.penarthrocks.com, Foxy’s Deli & Marcos Cafe.