Formed in 1994 in Montreal, Quebec, the Smashers’s infectious pop infused melodies, rippin’ horn licks and killer live shows, quickly established them as the city’s “Kings of Ska”. They released their first album (“Self-Titled”) on Planet Smasher’s founder Matt Collyer’s own label STOMP Records and hit the road. By 1997 they were headlining shows across Canada and pushing their second record, “Attack of The Planet Smashers” which reached #2 on the national college radio charts for 2 months straight. Their third album “Life of The Party” took the continent by storm, aided no doubt by the commercialization of ska by such bands as Mighty Mighty Bosstones and No Doubt. “Life of the Party”. “Mighty”, the Planet Smashers’ fifth full length for STOMP Records is chock full of summertime party songs to get your ass into party gear. Having moved past the dark and critical themes of “No Self Control”, “Mighty” is a fun and positive record that will provide the perfect soundtrack to any summer.
In terms of touring, not many indie Canadian bands come close. They have headlined countless tours in North America, 3 European tours, been included on 3 Vans Warped Tour as well as a Japanese tour in 2002. They have toured with such acts as AFI, GOB, Satanic Surfers, Sick of it All, Death By Stereo, Mustard Plug, Samiam, The Aquabats and countless others.
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