Artist of the day: The Long Johns
Thanks in no small part to singer-keyboardist Stephanie Summerbell’s warbling but powerful vocals, Tampa’s Long Johns bear a strong resemblance to old-school No Doubt.
"We get this all the time," said bassist Josh Dykstra. "We’re actually going for a different sound. We are going for something in vein of ska/rock/powerpop. I would say our main influences are MU330, Pain, Weezer, The Vandals, and Five Iron Frenzy."
Their horn-infused New Wave-style ska is easy to dance to, and has led to plenty of gigs around the Southeast. Their goal for 2010? "Play as many out-of-town shows as possible," Dykstra said, "while still doing our part to keep the Tampa Bay ska scene alive and strong."
They'll do their part on Saturday, when the Long Johns take the stage at Market on 7th for "Pink It Up," a breast cancer benefit concert with Johnny Cakes and the Four Horsemen and the Apocalypso, Sucker Fish, Shady People, Parcel Thirty Three and more. Tickets are a $7 donation. The show starts at 7.
Their lineup also includes guitarist Ryan Hiers, trombonist Brian Ferreira, drummer Eric Long and trumpeter Eric Williams.