Tuesday, April 16, 2013

The Six Indie Rock Songs That Sound Most Like Ska Songs

Posted By on Tue, Apr 16, 2013 at 9:35 AM

Vampire Weekend's Ezra Koenig. VW clocks in at number two on our list. - ANNIE ZALESKI
  • Annie Zaleski
  • Vampire Weekend's Ezra Koenig. VW clocks in at number two on our list.

Indie rock is the vaguest of all genres, sort of the "none of the above" of rock and roll. There are no hard and fast rules. In rare cases, the result sounds an awful lot like ska. Here are the six indie rock songs that sound most like ska songs. Let us know your favorites in the comments. Oi.

6. Yo La Tengo - "Beanbag Chair"

The ska connection on "Beanbag Chair" is all about horns and a feeling. The bounce is very saccharine for a Yo La Tengo song, although the vintage recording quality and Ira Kaplan's droll voice keeps "Beanbag Chair" from resembling a Reel Big Fish track. Hepcat, maybe, but definitely not Reel Big Fish.

5. Minus The Bear - "Pachuca Sunrise"

Really, it's just the choruses of Minus The Bear's "Pachuca Sunrise" that resemble a ska song, when the guitars land their super-clean chords on the upbeat. "Pachuca Sunrise" is not Minus The Bear's best song (that would be "Knights"), but it is its most popular, according to the always-reliable Last.fm. Also, NPR listeners may recognize the sparkly intro from being overused as transition music.

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