The Berkeley, California-based ska-punkers Critical Mass
assembled vocalist/saxophonist Michael Valladares
, guitarist Jeff Kamalian, bassist Moose
and drummer Chris Barry-Smith. Influenced by sources ranging from jazz to funk to hard rock, the group rose in 1993 from the ashes of Bay Area outfits including the Noise, Chill Factor
, the Viberaiders and the Elephant Men; after building a following on the West Coast club circuit, Critical Mass
issued their debut album Give It Up, Let It Go in 1997. Bamboozled
followed three years later and the self-titled release was issued in fall 2000.