The Slackers

Presented/Guest
with We Are The Union and Kill Lincoln
Date
Tuesday, May 17, 2022
Time/Doors
Doors 7 | Show 8
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The Slackers are self styled masters of Reggae, Ska and Rock’n’Roll from New York City.

The Slackers began in 1991 in NYC. After years of local gigs and rehearsing in a dingy basement in Manhattan’s lower east side, the band released its debut album, Better Late Than Never, in 1996. The band’s success resulted in the release of a second album, Red Light, on the Epitaph label in 1997. Since then the Slackers have released 11 more studio albums (The Question, Wasted Days, Slackers & Friends, Close My Eyes, Slackers in Dub, Peculiar, Boss Harmony Sessions, Self Medication, Lost and Found, The Great Rocksteady Swindle, and The Slackers [self-titled, 2016] ) 3 live albums (Live at Ernestos, Upsettin Ernestos, Slack in Japan), several EPs (International War Crimminal, My Bed is a Boat), and numerous singles and compilation tracks.

Since 1997 the Slackers have played over 100 shows every year in a total of 46 american states, 7 Canadian provinces, 22 European countries, 5 Latin American countries, and 2 Asian countries.

The band’s musical style is distinct from their contemporaries; a mix of early Jamaican music with classic 50’s and 60s American styles. There are influences from 50s and 60s Rock’n’Roll, Rythmn and Blues, Jazz and Latin music. Singer Vic Ruggiero has coined the term ‘Jamaican Rock’nRoll.’ to describe it. He says, “The band might play a classic Jamaican style but the vocals are distinctly American east coast, revealing the obvious connection of Jamaican music to the Doo-Wop of Harlem and the Bronx.”

With the demise of record companies over the last 5 years, the Slackers have successfully used crowdfunding (www.bigtun.es/theslackers.) to release new music including the latest release, The Slackers [self-titled] in February 2016.

We Are The Union

Unhappy with the current state of ska music, We Are The Union decided to stick out their own necks and tried to change things for the better in the summer of 2005. Getting a paycheck is not on their agenda. Instead of following typical ska punk conventions, WATU takes a harder-nosed approach to the genre. With influences ranging from Philadelphia/New Jersey favorites Lifetime and Kid Dynamite, and bands like Slapstick and This Is A Standoff, they rage with the best of them while still retaining a heightened sense of melody. Their love for fast music, horns and their incredibly short attention spans are a simple explanation for why WATU sound the way they do.

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Kill Lincoln

2020 has undoubtedly been a tough year for most artists and musicians... with one small consolation. For whatever reason, it’s officially OK to like ska-punk again... much thanks to bands like KILL LINCOLN.

Since 2009 KILL LINCOLN has been turning the ska-punk scene on its head. They’ve studied the playbook from bands like Less Than Jake and The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, but have ripped the pages out and re-written them with fresh grit, perspective, and enough energy to make even the most jaded hardcore kid jump in the pit. Combining ska, skate punk, and the reckless style of hardcore their hometown of Washington DC is known for, a KILL LINCOLN show is a non-stop assault of sing-alongs, stage dives, and circle pits. Remember when you were 16 and you would leave every show soaked with sweat? KILL LINCOLN is here to make you be that person again.

Through years of touring throughout the US, Canada, and Japan, the band has developed somewhat of a cult following; die-hard fans who flood dance-floors and comment sections alike, hailing the much-debated “4th wave” of ska. Combine that with multiple national and international festival dates (including 6 appearances at The Fest in Gainesville FL), and years of providing direct support for scene veterans like The Pietasters, Reel Big Fish, & Big D & The Kids Table, and you can see why KILL LINCOLN is poised to open the next chapter in the annals of the genre.

'Can’t Complain' marks the band’s first release since 2015’s 'Good Riddance to Good Advice', and truly their most complete and reflective effort. It distills everything you love about the band into a sweat-inducing 30-minute dance party; powerful horn lines that get stuck in your head, thoughtful lyrics that grab at your heart, and the speed and energy you’ve come to recognize from any Kill Lincoln show. Recorded at District Recording in San Jose CA with engineer Ryan Perras (The Atom Age), the record perfectly captures the band’s live sound and energy, with plenty of rock & roll power for good measure. “These are hands down the most fun, challenging, and complete songs we’ve ever written” says vocalist / guitarist Mike Sosinski. “It’s the most Kill Lincoln thing you’ll ever hear, but also something fresh and different I don’t think fans of the band or the genre have experienced yet”.

'Can’t Complain' is out August 7 2020 on Bad Time Records in the US, 1138 Records in Japan, Pookout Records in the UK, and all major streaming platforms.

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