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“2011’s “In Ska We Trust” is Across The Aisle’s 3rd EP. I previously reviewed “Change Nothing” at the link. I really liked “Change Nothing” and this EP matches or betters it. “Leave You” kicks the EP off. This song has a very unique opening with the hi hat and horns before the rest of the band joins in. There's a lot of pep and the hooks pull you in. This is one of the better pop oriented songs I’ve heard in quite a while. “Get Up And Go” is another song with a really unique intro. There’s an interesting drum line before a two tone-esque guitar part and hand clapping before launching into a catchy horn melody that is reminiscent of Reel Big Fish. The instrumental variety continues with “Astronot”! The guitar arpeggios in the intro remind me of the Animals or Fastball. The horns’ held notes add drama to the mix before the verse. The verse vocal melodies are great and I really like the horn melodies throughout. “Beer Song” brings the album to a cl”
“On The Mercy EP, NYC's Across the Aisle crank out loads of hooky, tart, and rambunctious ska-punk-pop in the vein of such 90s acts as Dance Hall Crashers and Save Ferris, but with Mighty Mighty Bosstones Devil's Night Out-type muscle and bite. Powerhouse singer Megg Howe has an extraordinary command of her rich alto voice and is more-than-ably backed by her musical cohorts on these four studio and four live cuts. "Better Off" is a gleeful kiss-off to obnoxious backbiters, while a public break-up on the angrily catchy "59th & Lex" leaves the singer stunned, incredulous, and pissed-off in his wake. "Beer Song" is a ridiculously addictive, over-the-top ode to suds. The live tracks prove that Across the Aisle is no studio creation--but a super-tight ska musical machine. And not a shred of self-pity is found in Megg's voice--knowledge is power and she's gonna use it. The Mercy EP is one hell of an impressive debut--somebody should sign 'em to a label now! ”