Andy B & The World is a world ska/punk/people collective led by UK singer/songwriter Andy B and that includes actually 171 different ska and punk musicians from all over the world, together with members of Reel Massive Fish, Much less Than Jake, The Slackers, RX Bandits, Zebrahead, MC Lars, Hayseed Dixie, Demise By Stereo, Bracket, Ten Foot Pole, Skatune Community, [Spunge], Name Me Malcolm, Captain Accident & The Disasters, Jaya The Cat, The Godfathers, I Divide, Chew Me Bambi, Suburban Legends, MONKEY, Random Hand, Housebound Ska Collective, The Toasters, Thieves, Impolite Boy George, Orange, The Resignators, Abraskadabra, Simply Say Nay, The JB Conspiracy, Beat The Pink Mild, The NPCs, Cartoon Violence, Los Nahuatlatos, Faintest Thought, Tef London, 4ft Fingers, Yard Superheroes, The Stiff Joints, Los Skagaleros, Rundown Kreeps, Vix20, Codename Colin, Final Version, Bergen Vista Social Membership, The Hostiles, Lead Shot Hazard, and extra.
Andy B lately launched the collective’s five-years-in-the-making debut album The First One, and it was well worth the insane quantity of labor it took to tug one thing like this off. It is equal elements ska-punk and folk-punk, and it very a lot sounds just like the worldwide mission that it’s, with the distinct sounds of all of the contributing artists’ residence nations coming by means of. Andy lately spoke to Bearded Gentlemen Music about the way it all got here collectively:
The concept itself got here from, I assume, years of being in bands, and touring masses. As soon as I left two bands inside two years of one another (New Riot & Upbeat Allstars), the indicators had been there that I undoubtedly needed to do one thing completely different, not away from music, however inside it. I really like making music, and so it was only a case of discovering out how.
I did attempt to begin a few bands simply earlier than the inception of this round 2014/2015, nevertheless it simply wasn’t occurring, and the extra time that handed from touring made me miss the superb associates I’d made on tour, and all over, and so the concept hatched to document these songs with all of those associates, as they’re all tremendous proficient and it’d simply be good to see them – and naturally, we’d make connections alongside the best way.
I’m actually eager on over-the-top plans and making an attempt to be bold and so, yea, that’s the place it got here from. I truly keep in mind after I launched the concept correctly proper on the flip of 2017, jokingly saying “we’ll find yourself with 100 musicians or one thing mad like that.” Oh if I knew… Because the mission took form, I simply felt like I’d discovered my calling music smart, and so simply needed to push the mission larger and larger!
…as soon as the tracks began coming in remotely from afar throughout lockdown, it simply meant numerous EQ’ing and backwards and forwards to make sure every tune stored it’s personal character, that each layer I added in did one thing and wasn’t simply dropped in randomly. I needed everybody that acquired concerned to know their half was a part of the tip outcome, group is essential to every little thing we’re making an attempt to create right here.
Andy additionally provides that the group shall be saying their subsequent mission in March, so keep tuned for that. Learn the remainder of the prolonged interview here.
The album is out now on vinyl by way of Pookout Information (order yours), and you’ll stream it by way of Bandcamp under. All earnings will profit Centrepoint and Music for All. Andy spoke about that side within the Bearded Gents interview as properly:
On this launch, we’re supporting Centrepoint and Music For All. Again after I was residing in Devon for some time, I went out with an area group and we took sizzling meals, and provides in winter to the homeless group there. It’s at all times been one thing I’m conscious of and fairly often I’ll assist homeless individuals with some first rate meals after I can. Centrepoint focuses primarily on serving to in issues of youth homelessness, be it helping with housing, with assistance on help, schooling, well being, life abilities and so forth.
With our second charity being Music 4 All, that happened as I’ve lengthy felt that everybody needs to be afforded the chance to expertise music, and the way it can positively profit us. Music 4 All give attention to precisely that, each by means of donated classes, donated devices by means of group grants, so that individuals of all backgrounds and conditions are provided that probability that so many people can take with no consideration.
Additionally watch the brand new music video for “Frantic” and a video that provides some behind-the-scenes perception into making a 50-person gang vocal throughout a pandemic, under.