I had just heard the S/T Goldfinger record. I loved that ska-punk mixture, so I decided to dive in headfirst to the genre. But the issue was, it was 1996. There was no Internet sites to look up "Artists who sound like Goldfinger". My only means of discovering new music was to go to the shows that were promoted on the flyers I got at my local record store, Albums On The Hill in Boulder, CO. The one that looked the most "punk rock" promoted a show for Colorado's Own Five Iron Frenzy, The Hippos, Animal Chin & Link 80" at a club at CU Boulder that weekend.
I went, and the headliner, Five Iron Frenzy, cancelled their performance. I decided at that moment, that I hated Five Iron Frenzy. Then, moments later, their bass player, Keith, who was standing outside came up to us and said, "Who did you guys come to see?" "Some stupid band called Five Iron Frenzy" "Oh. That is my band, sorry we cancelled. Here, have a CD, we just put it out. It's called Upbeats & Beatdowns." I reluctantly accepted his free generosity. Then, when I put it in my Discman (ask your parents) at school the next day. I fell in love forever with their quirkiness. To this day, I see them all the time, and still geek out that the rad folks at SMLXL Vinyl released this on LP! Pick it up!