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"This record is a version of what a van ride with us would be like," says The Pietasters' bassist and songwriter Jorge Pezzimenti of their soul roots, rock and reggae-inspired new album, All Day.

All Day, The Pietasters' first album of new tracks in five years, captures the high energy, brotherly camaraderie and attention to detail on which they've built their rock-steady name as an explosive live attraction.

Traveling the miles along a star-kissed path, the first break came early for D.C.'s ska darlings, when they landed a 1992 tour opening for ska originals, Bad Manners. In 1997, Rancid's Tim Armstrong signed them to Hellcat/Epitaph where they recorded two albums with producer Brett Gurewitz (Bad Religion): the genre-defining Willis (SPIN Magazine called it "An equal opportunity dancehall crasher â€" part '60s keg rock, part 2Tone and part Motown") and Awesome Mix Tape 6 (CMJ noted it for "lacing a Stax shout-out feel with Caribbean rhythms"). The soul-charged Turbo was released in 2002 by Fueled by Ramen. The Pietasters shared bills with NOFX and Less Than Jake on the epic '98 and '99 Warped Tours, and followed with a stateside run with punk legend Joe Strummer Three years later, they worked as James Brown's back-up band for one surreal evening (All Day was produced by James Brown's engineer, Todd Harris). Not bad for a bunch of guys who started out as a teenaged underground band from D.C.

The Pietasters' debut album of traditional 2Tone-inspired songs arrived in 1993, and the more polished Oolooloo followed. Later that decade, the band's influences opened to such Jamaican institutions as Trojan and Lee "Skratch" Perry, which broadened to soul and its subgenres. "All along we had friends who were DJs sending us rare soul mixes," Jackson says.

The Pietasters have been served well by the signs they've encountered along the road during their 17 years as a band. As the sun comes up on All Day, the experience and commitment that defines The Pietasters as an entity should find friends among the faithful as well as to first-timers to the ska-soul sound.

"Allow me to toot our own collective horn when I say this," offers Pezzimenti. "I think we made a record that will sound equally good to a music nerd and to a random dude listening. We just took our time in the studio and tried to put our own spin on the sounds we love to listen to."

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