An engaging, scruffy collection of musical misfits, the ethos of seven-piece Reel Big Fish is immediately apparent from their punning name and rampaging, good-time ska music. The band was formed in Huntington Beach, California, USA, in the early 90s by Aaron Barrett (30 August 1974; guitar, vocals), Matt Wong (b. 12 January 1974; bass), Andrew Gonzales (b. 1 November 1973; drums), and Ben Guzman (vocals). They performed mainly cover versions of rock-based hits, until Guzman, then the lead singer, introduced his bandmates to ska. Ironically, by 1995 Guzman had left the band to pursue a rock-based career, while the remaining members enrolled Scott Klopfenstein (b. 31 May 1977; trumpet, vocals), Tavis Werts (b. 8 July 1977; trumpet), Dan Regan (b. 9 May 1977; trombone) and Grant Barry (b. 2 February 1977; trombone), and continued playing ska. The new line-up performed in and around California where other third-wave ska bands were breaking, including No Doubt. While No...
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