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DS: You can do what you can do locally. Your goal is to get out and be heard . . . Unlike the West Coast, in Arizona you can say "ska show," and people will come because they want to know more about it. In California, they want to know what kind of ska it is first.

DN: If you put a ska band in Arizona with no horns, you're gonna have a lot of pissed-off people. Where in L.A., you could probably pass off Rancid as a ska band.

JR: But I don't mind saying that half the reason there is a scene around here is because it was built around these three local bands. If it wasn't for us, the public wouldn't know who the national acts were.

BA: It seems like people still don't know. We're on tour and people ask, "What kind of music do you play?"

"Ska."
"No, no. What kind of music do you play?"
"Ska."
"Oh, Scotch? Okay, Scottish music!

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