Hans Gruber and the Die Hards brand of punk/ska mashes genres together like a toddler eating chocolate cake – with messy intensity for maximum enjoyment. From Boston hardcore to Colombian cumbia, southern gospel to crossover thrash, their live shows are filled with pits, sock puppets, conga lines and confusion – if you are nihilistic enough to jump in feet first.
Formed in Austin, TX as a four piece in 2014, the band shamelessly embraces change. Over the years they defiantly added a full time Saxophone player, as well as parted ways with two of their founding members. Their newest album, “With A Vengeance,” was released on Ska Punk International Records in May 2022. It represents the best of times with the former lineup, the struggles of a new era after their departure, and finding a new voice through these very same songs.
Sgt. Scag (aka Sgt. Scagnetti) has been a fixture on the Northeast ska/punk scene since the late 1990’s. Migrating from a ska-pop outfit into a harder, more frantic sound, the band’s live shows are unpredictable and fun. They might arm the audience with 100’s of plastic toy swords, split them in half and have the crowd reenact a scene from Braveheart. Really. The Hartford Courant called them a “surefire crowd slayer.” Brooklyn Vegan said their “fast, fiery approach rips”