February 25, 2011Posted by on
In the 1990’s the underground scene was burgeoning with bands that mixed punk with different styles of music. Two of the more popular genres to be crossed with punk were reggae and ska. The Dingees, a four piece form Orange County California in my opinion mixed these three genres better than just about anyone. At times reminiscent of mainstream bands such as Operation Ivy, Sublime, and Rancid, The Dingees for the most part were very unique, having a sound all their own. Their first album, 1998’s Armageddon Massive, although good, was a bit all over the map stylistically, only hinting at what was to come. Their next album 1999’s Sundown To Midnight, hit the nail on the head. The songs seemed to mix the styles much more fluidly and featured all-around sharper songwriting. Their next album 2001’s The Crucial Conspiracy took the sound found on their prior two albums and added a little bit of The Clash style punk, creating an even more refined sound. After The Crucial Conspiracy, the band called it quits. Much to my surprise the band would make a comeback, releasing a new album, The Rebel Soul Sound System late last year.