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From An Eh For an Eh, a Toque for a Toque

You really can't get any more gone than Jiker; this New York-area-based punk/ska band has a pretty devout following, even though the band makeup itself seems pretty fluid.

The bad news is, Jiker broke up as a band in the spring of 1999, as various members went their separate ways. The good news is, they play exactly one reunion show almost every year around Christmas time in Connecticut - one band member describes the event as a "riot (in a good way)."

Jiker's strong suit seems to be their intensity - "Pirate Radio" is by no means an incredibly deep song lyrically, but it sure does have that bounce.  The band also apparently puts on a great live show, and delves into multiple genres despite the punk/ska label - they get pretty metal-riffic at times, and can also even dish up some reggae when they're in the mood.

Check the small props to Suicidal Tendencies here - that's always a plus.  Either way, if you're a radio rogue, this one oughta be in your playlist when you seek those lighter moments.