Bim Skala Bim
formed in Boston, MA as a ska punk band that was influenced by the bands in England’s 2 Tone movement as well as bands such as the Clash, UB40 and Bob Marley. Bim’s infectious “Boston Blue Beat” sound—a mix of upbeat 2 Tone Ska, Rock n Roll and a pinch of Calypso—with a substantial Reggae undertone led them, together with The Toasters, to be the premier bands kickstarting the Third Wave of Ska in the 1980s. Other bands quickly followed their example resulting in a lively scene in Boston and much of the United States. In 1997, Bim Skala Bim, The Dropkick Murphys
, and The Mighty Mighty Bosstones
embarked on a 50 date nationwide “Boston On The Road” tour, demonstrating the shared success of those local artists as one of the world’s longest-running independent bands with over twenty five years of touring and recording.
Since their start in 1983, Bim Skala Bim released 9 highly acclaimed albums and has been the winner of ten Boston Music Awards, eight Boston Phoenix Reader’s Poll awards as well Boston Magazine’s “Best of Boston” twice. In March 2013, Boston Business Journal rated Bim Skala Bim’s “Bones” album #19 in their “Boston Top 40 Albums of All Time” list. Bim Skala Bim took a hiatus in 2002 but reformed to record a new album titled Chet’s Last Call, released late 2013. In February 2018 Bim will release a new record to go along with another US tour with Dropkick Murphys and Agnostic Front.