With Obits and Screaming Females
After serving time in a variety of bands, Ted Leo took flight with this solo project in 1999 and set about mashing the sonic tropes of punk, ska, rock, pop, reggae, dub, funk and Celtic into his mind-grinder. The result was a decorated indie career in the '00s, which really caught fire with this hefty dose of bouncy balladry and bombast. "Where Have All the Rude Boys Gone?"—from his masterful 2003 release “Hearts Of Oak”—was an instantly memorable ode to the Two-Tone age. More-recent material has hefted up the political action bent, without changing much of the sound. With Obits and Screaming Females.
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