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Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Reel Big Fish: "We're a Little Ray of Sunshine on People's Lives"

Posted By on Tue, Feb 10, 2015 at 4:09 AM

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TODD OWYOUNG
  • Todd Owyoung

The group's live sets, including the ones so far on the current tour, are filled with the classics fans expect to hear from the band, along with the relatively new "Skank for Christmas" from last fall's Happy Skalidays EP. Which makes for even-more-fired-up crowds ready to flip out at the songs they know.

"I appreciate it, and we take that position very sincerely," Christmas says. "We realize how lucky we are to play music for a living. And not just music but ska, this great music with a long, long history."

Christmas has seen lots of fans come and go, and then come back over the years. As a result, he has a theory that after college, a lot of people who loved ska as teens and young adults reject it because they get hit in the face with life and want to get serious with sad, moody music. They always come back, though, he insists.

"They come back 'cause they want to listen to something fun," he says. "There's enough serious bands that make you want to slit your wrists. Hopefully we're a little ray of sunshine on people's lives, and we get to touch people in a positive way."

Reel Big Fish with Less Than Jake and Authority Zero 8 p.m. Tuesday, February 10. The Pageant, 6161 Delmar Boulevard. $22.50 to $25. 314-726-6161.

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