Mephiskapheles, with Last Reel Hero, Wednesday, Aug. 1, 7 p.m., 2106 E. Platte Ave., blacksheeprocks.com, 227-7625.
ast month it was mariachi metal, this month it’s satanic ska. The Black Sheep’s latest effort to cross-pollinate planet rock is about to arrive in the form of Mephiskapheles. Emerging from New York City’s East Village scene back when the neighborhood was still a bit edgy, the band brought together an unlikely assemblage of slightly off-kilter musicians who approached ska from various punk, jazz and otherwise art-damaged angles. Through some Faustian bargain, Mephiskapheles recruited highly revered avant-dub producer Bill Laswell to record their 1994 debut CD, God Bless Satan
, and, with a couple of hiatuses along the way, have been figuratively killing it ever since. They toured with GWAR, recorded with Moby, and released a track called “The Bumble Bee Tuna Song” that allegedly became a hit in Hawaii. They embarked on their first tour of Central America last November, and now have an exceptionally long Wikipedia entry that boasts more than 200 names. What’s weirder than all of the above, though, is the fact that Mephiskapheles are still among the best third-wave ska bands out there right now.