Huntington Beach ska rockers Reel Big Fish have swum back into the music scene with their latest release, "Candy Coated Fury."
The band's first album of original music since 2007's "Monkeys for Nothin' and the Chimps for Free," "Candy Coated Fury" — due out July 31 — is everything a Reel Big Fish fan would expect. It's vulgar, sarcastic and still somewhat charming. It's what Ryland Steen (drums), in a recent interview with the Independent, described as a "Sour Patch quality."
While it is a great comeback album due to a familiar sound, that same factor makes it off-putting. Unfortunately, many of the songs sound alike, so it may be hard for new listeners to catch on. On the other end, it's just what Reel Big Fish fans would want to hear from the band.
One of the most standout tracks is "I Know You Too Well to Like You Anymore," featuring Julie Stoyer of the band Dick and Jane. The song is bittersweet, and tells the story of love gone wrong. Still, even with such a somber undertone, it is still one of the catchiest on the album. It also plays into the humor that is present in most of Reel Big Fish's songs. Throughout the track, Stoyer and Aaron Barrett (vocals) bicker back and forth, as well as poke fun at each other.