Starting as a parody of the booming third-wave ska scene in Southern California (their first show, reportedly, was played with fourteen members, at least half of which were wielding horns), The Aquabats played third-wave ska with a surfy, b-movie-esque twist that set them apart from the sped-up two-tone/pop-punk mash-ups most bands of the time were playing. Over time, their sound became even more eclectic, dropping much of the surf guitar leads and ska rhythms for more varied influences, including (but not limited to) new wave a la Oingo Boingo, power pop inspired by Cheap Trick and Pixies, and lots of They Might Be Giants-esque weirdness.
Their current sound blends upbeat rock and roll, new wave-type post-punk, and ska/rocksteady with synth replacing their horn and woodwind section. Notable influences upon The Aquabats are Devo, Oingo Boingo, Madness, and The Toy Dolls.
Genres by AlbumEdit
While the sound of the albums have changed over time, most of the albums are at least somewhat tied together. Here is an explanation of the sound and genre of each album.
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