Yes, one album out of seven was ska. And that's before they changed the band name.
You can argue the rest of albums have some ska influences (I'd say they stop at about the third album), but they're NOT ska.
Yeah, I love it when bands go all out in the studio. That will be the work that will be around when you're long gone. Follow through with your vision. Stargazer and Wide Open sound even better live, so don't worry about the songs disappointing live. Also, I disagree that Matt sounds tired on the new album. Space Tiger is one of the most convincing deliveries I've ever heard from him. These guys are more mature than they were when they wrote The Resignation, and they understand you don't have to be overly sensational with the lyrics, or bombastic with the sound. You just have to play with vision & passion, and the message will be loud and clear at any volume.
@misturgrieves... I don't think so. The thing you might be hearing is that they said they didn't have the live show in mind at all when writing, recording, and producing this album. The previous albums they always wanted to sound "live and roomy."
I have to say, the new one is gonna be a grower. After a 'hiatus' of a few years i'm not surprised that the new one is different once again. That said, the straightforward feel and 'hook-oriented'ness of this one is odd. Glad to see they're still creating though
New interview with Steve Choi about the Resignation anniversary tour. He also talks about the covers EP.