“I know you’re gonna break my heart so let’s just get this over with.” What an opening line of the latest collaboration by two veterans of the punk and ska scene. Kepi Ghoulie has been a positive force for decades with his bouncy pop punk (Groovie Ghoulies), his kids’ records, his paintings, his daily social media posts, and his kind and inclusive nature. Vic Ruggiero is a multi-instrumentalist who is most famous for fronting The Slackers, but he also released several solo-albums, played in bands like Stubborn All-Stars, SKAndalous All Stars, and co-wrote some Rancid songs.
As Kepi and Vic, the duo take us on a trip through their respective songbooks and those of others. After The Flood for example includes reconstructed versions of the Groovie Ghoulies classic (and a personal fav) Carly Simon and Highway Man. The twelve tunes on After The Flood were recorded in Ruggiero’s old basement appartment. They are old-timey songs, call it rhythm-n-blues, countryblues, or whatever. What shines through is two friends doing what they’ve been doing for decades: rockin’ out, having fun and sharing their passion for music. After The Flood is a warm and generous record that transports you to a dark and sweaty basement where you are boppin’ you head, stompin’ your feet and singing along. Keep doin’what you do, Kep and Vic!