The Aquabats are back and are fighting sharks, poppin’ wheelies, hanging with their B.F.Fs and having a food fight on the moon! You would’ve thought that they’d have no time left to write music, but somehow they did, and in their spare time they made a album which is Devo for kids. ‘Hi-Five Soup!’ is the band’s first album since 2005’s ‘Charge!’ and the album showcases defintley a different side of The Aquabats lyrically.
The themes of the songs are very silly and quite zaney, but the songs work and are all genuinely just good fun. Take the track ‘The Shark Fighter!’ for example, which also happens to be one of the best songs on the album. It does exactly what it says on the tin: it’s about fighting sharks. So if you’re looking for depth and social commentary, it definitely ain’t going to be found on here. This is a very fun and silly album, and it’s an absolute pleasure to listen to.
Children’s show Yo Gabba Gabba was created by a member of The Aquabats, and it’s definitely a driving influence on the album. It isn’t aimed at the older punk ska fan base they once had, but is now aimed right at their children instead. ‘All My Money!’ with its high pitched “Woopsie” will have you shouting “Woopsie” for days and maybe weeks to follow, and also boasts a very simple sing-a-long chorus. Another highlight on the album has got to be ‘Food Fight On The Moon!’, which is the best idea Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin never had.
The only real bad thing to say about the album is that it can come across a little bit too hyperactive, and has the band coming off as Devo after drinking too much fizzy drinks. Nothing stronger though, this is for children remember. That aside however, it’s a very fun album and you can even hear the band just having fun playing it. One thing that has stuck with me though after listening to this album is that The Aquabats really need to get themselves a daily TV program. Better than the Power Rangers? Hell yes! They can fight sharks and win, so don’t get on their bad side and don’t grow up. One other thing, “Show no fear, show no tears / Dragons live for a million years”. I couldn’t have said it better myself, thank you Aquabats.
Written by Ali Pritchard