Jeff Rosenstock has shared a re-recorded version of his NO DREAM album, which was originally released just last year. The updated version of the album is titled SKA DREAM and has been re-recorded to be more of a ska album rather than a pop-punk album like the original was. The entire album was recorded via long-distance between Rosenstock and his band.
According to Pitchfork, the band described SKA DREAM as, “As with most things ska in my life, what started out as a fun goof with friends eventually morphed into ‘Hey, what if we tried to make it good though?’ All of us have a pretty deep history playing and touring the country in punk/ska bands. We all understand the stigma that comes along with ska, we’ve all dealt with the pitfalls of it, and we’ve all kept on truckin’ regardless. If you are one of those people who loves music as long as it isn’t ska, that’s cool, we see you. This record isn’t for you and you don’t have to listen to it. Byeeee.”
Along with completely revamping the title, Rosenstock also renamed each song from the original album to match the title of the re-recorded version. For example, songs like “NO TIME” is now titled “NO TIME TO SKANK” and “SKRAM!” is now titled “SKrAm!”
The Baldwin, NY-based musician recently performed the 2020 album during a live stream concert that took place back in October. His entire band was alongside him during the live stream, which made that the first time they had performed the entire album together since releasing it. The event was held to support a variety of causes which included the Black Lives Matter movement, transgender support and bail funds.