"What happened in the '90s was too much interest was paid to it by the wrong people," Hingley notes, referring to the short-lived opportunism of the major labels and the hordes of ska-punk bands that disappeared as quickly as they emerged. "Now what's happening is there is still a solid core of veteran bands but also some newer, younger bands. And there's less of the ska-punk genre."
Amen to that. While there's No Doubt (pun intended) mainstream ska-punk introduced the word ska to a new generation, the weeding-out process that ensued once the opportunists faded left the Toasters -- and Moon Ska Records -- feeling cheated. And when the '90s came to an end, so did the label.
For Hingley, it was time for a fresh start. So Hingley formed Megalith Records from the ashes of Moon Ska, returning to the grassroots approach that Moon Ska employed in its early years. "We want to get kids excited on the street level," Hingley says. There's plenty to be excited about too, as the Toasters plan to release a new album later this year, proving that, like its 1996 album suggests, the Toasters are a Hard Band for Dead.