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Hate the Game

by The Players Band

Ground-shaking, body-bobbing reggae rock and ska for the malnourished listener subsisting on mainstream rock.
Genre: Rock: Ska
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  Song Share Time Download
1. P.o.p
3:52 $0.99
2. One & Only (live)
4:13 $0.99
3. Dave's Song
4:55 $0.99
4. Once Again
4:14 $0.99
5. S***faced (live)
4:05 $0.99
6. Kb Wyb Intro (live)
0:54 $0.99
7. Watch Your Back
2:48 $0.99
8. Nude Beach (live)
2:52 $0.99
9. Mama (vic Rice Mix)
3:08 $0.99
10. Nothing More (live)
3:45 $0.99
11. Blackstone Solo (live)
0:56 $0.99
12. One & Only (reggae)
4:43 $0.99
13. Rub a Dub (vic Rice Mix)
5:58 $0.99
14. Tito (live)
5:14 $0.99
15. Same in the End (live)
4:22 $0.99
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Album Notes
--“Your band freakin’ rocks!” Joe Strummer.
--"A rocking big band out of Baltimore and DC, the Players can hit all the styles and are a must-see live!" - AP Magazine (Alternative Press).
--"The Players do the ska thing, and they do it well, with horn-heavy choruses and chicken-scratch guitar on exuberant tunes - Ain’t no hatin’ these Players.” - Baltimore Magazine.

Approaching their 500th show since their founding in 1999, The Players Band continues to deliver sweet Jamaican ska, rock, and reggae sounds to festival, club, and private audiences across the Mid-Atlantic. The band has opened for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s The Isley Brothers and Joe Strummer, Grammy Award Winners Toots & the Maytals and Rebirth Brass Band, as well as The B-52s, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, The English Beat, Matisyahu, Citizen Cope, Fishbone, The Skatalites and many others. The Players Band has headlined Baltimore’s Inner Harbor New Year’s Eve Spectacular, First Night Annapolis, and welcomed Olympian Michael Phelps headlining “Maryland's Olympic Tribute Celebration at Fort McHenry”. Venues played include 9:30 Club, Verizon Center, Pier 6, Knitting Factory, Trocadero Theatre, Chance Theater, Bottle & Cork, Rams Head Live!, 8x10, Ottobar, and many others. Music Monthly strongly recommends music listeners to, "Go out and check The Players Band live, for such bands like this do not come into being very often and what they can do with music is phenomenal." The Baltimore Sun, described The Players Band as, "pioneers of an innovative style, focused on fanning the soul flame that ignited ska.” AP Magazine describe The Players Band as, "A rocking big band out of Baltimore and DC, The Players Band can hit all the styles and are a must-see live."



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Great sound! Plenty of variety. It presents the Players in top form. Sure to tur
The Players did a really great job with Hate the Game. A majority of the tracks were recorded live, but it is barely even noticeable. Without prior knowledge of that fact, I'm sure most listeners would not realize it.

The live recording strategy was a great decision and I applaud them on it. All of the raw energy and emotion generated by performing in front of an audience is transmitted and captured with exceptional quality. In fact, that is the very element that I feel Instrumental Vol. 1 was lacking. Don''t get me wrong, the album is great, but having seen The Players perform live so many times I had come to truly enjoy the live energy and emotion. Mixing in some studio tracks provides the listener with the opportunity to compare and contrast them with the live sound.

Both Jason and Dan crank out some amazing vocals. The live tracks certainly demonstrate their true talent. They compliment the music perfectly. Very catchy as well. The Vic Rice mixes sound great, though they are probably not for the ska newbie.

Great sound. Plenty of variety. Hate the Game presents the Players in top form. It is sure to turn a lot of heads. What more can I say?

Bobby Bobson

It seems the Players have found a voice and a sound to call their own.
The sophmore release from this local Baltimore band has the band with a singer and dropping some of their traditional ska style in order to play an updated version of ska/reggae for the masses. Their first album established the musical prowess of this band and their horn section this new album features the vocals styling of Jason Booze (percussion) and Dan Schneider (guitar) on vocals. After a few searches for a singer the band found two vocalists in their midst. This album mixes Sublime-ish reggae with powerful grooving ska and other elements of Latin music, hip-hop, and dub are all intertwined in the mix. The album opens up with "P.O.P." This song has lyrics written by Vinny Nobile of Pilfers and Bim Skala Bim fame, but the song itself has lead vocals done by Jason. The song opens with a blazing distorted guitar riff then the horns come in blaring. This song about a breakup or maybe regret has a really good powerful bridge which is the best part of the song. The second track is a live track from the Fellspoint Festival, "One and Only" is a slow paced reggae number with Jason on lead vocals. This live recording has good quality however a studio version of the track appears later on the album so my only question is it necessary to have two versions on the album?
"Dave's Song" opens up with a wicked keyboard intro by Mark Cook. This song has Dan doing some Sublime styled singing, rapping, toasting. The horn line of this song is so awesome Mike Gorman (bari sax), Dave Blackstone (trombone), as well as Bob Thorp (trumpet) the song has a group vocal part and a lil' hip-hop part which is a very interesting combination. "Once Again" is a heavy third wave ska number with almost an Inspector 7 sound to it, Keith Jackson pounds a running bassline throughout the track as Andy Schneider lays down the pounding ska beat on the drums. The band busts out an old Mobtown Beat number called "Shitfaced" next. They have changed the song around a lil and it has a lil reggae feel to it now, Dan takes over the lead vocals on this track. The chorus of this track is so catchy and the band does justice to this MB song. At one point in their search for a singer the band tried combining hip-hop with ska and they had a singer named KB. They use a live clip from a show with him as soundclip before "Watch Your Back". This song also has a breakdown that has some definite elements of hip-hop shining through. The band is powerful enough to pull this style off and still have a definite sound. The band then goes on to another cover. This one is "Nude Beach" originally done by the Scofflaws. This song has a heavy bari sax part which is blasted out by Mike. David blows an amazing t-bone solo on this track. The next track is mixed and dubbed out by the one and only Victor Rice (NYC ska, dub, reggae guru). Rice mixes down The Players' "Mama" to maximize the dub. The only way to properly describe a Rice dub mix cannot really be said in enough words but you will hear powerful echoes (drums, sythensizers, horns), pounding basslines, heavy percussion, and then a emphasis on a guitar/keyboard riff thrown in. Andy and Keith especially shine in on this track.

The studio version of "One and Only" shows the band's more reggae side and they get into a heavy groove on this song. Joe Ross is on keys during this song as well. Jason and Dan shine on this studio track the most on this track. They harmonize pretty well and I think this is the power of this duo. Both of their voices are different but together they fit together really well. Vic Rice does another track for The Players, he dubs out "Rub a Dub". I like the guitar and keys part of this song. He holds out the keyboard and melds into different tones which is very interesting. The guitar picking on this song and the drums drop perfectly and then the horns come in perfectly and then Rice mutes everything except bass and keys. I hope to hear more combinations from the Players and Rice in the future. The album ends with two live tracks "Tito" and "Same in the End" (by Sublime) these two tracks show the Players versitility with ska and reggae. I think this album shows a different side of the Players then their first albums. It seems the Players have found a voice and a sound to call their own.


Great rhythm section, fabulous horns, excellent percussion, and jammin' guitar. What more could you want? Covering a couple of styles (rap, ska, reggae)with smooth precision and dynamic musicianship, this CD has it all. A great snapshot of a really great band! Something for everyone!


This CD kicks Ace
After seeing the Players, and not having cash to buy it at the show, i just had to have this cd. When they get into a groove it's impossible not to get carried away. This cd simply rocks!!

Hoo Da Hoo2000 Reviews

Awsome... Better than what I had expected!
The Players have really outdone themselves in this new cd. I thought it could never live up to Instrumental but it came through with flying colors! My personal favorite is
P.O.P. I think the guitar on that is awsome. I would like to congradulate The Players in a job well done and I wish you all a long and prospurous career.
Hoo Da Hoo2000 Reviews

Alex Howard-

If you like ska or reggae, even just a little, this is a MUST have!
The overall talent of this band is amazing. They are all great musicians and even better song writers. I own both albums(Instrumental & Hate The Game)and they are on regular rotation in my car. I am a proud owner of more than 1,000 CD's and I put their albums in the top 10% of what I own. The funny thing is that the CD's do no justice to their live shows. If you have not seen them live, do it. Hate the Game brings a whole new element to The Players sound and I am glad that I found this band. THEY ROCK!!!!!


the bomb
The CD is Awesoooome...people check it out!!