The Slackers

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 contempories; 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.”

Ruder Than You

RUDER THAN YOU was founded in 1989 at Penn State University and relocated to Philadelphia in 1991. Long known as Philly’s top ska band, Ruder Than You’s identity has never fit too neatly into any single musical categorization. While ska and reggae stylings have always provided the common musical thread, over the past 20 years they've been mixing in dancehall reggae, rocksteady, funk, hip-hop, jazz, and punk. The consistent factor however is the band’s energy and enthusiasm, which inevitably pulls people out onto the dance floor.

Independent ska label Moon Ska put out the band’s debut album BIG STEP in 1992 and its follow-up HORNY FOR SKA in 1996. By the mid 90s the group had morphed from a five-piece into a nine-piece outfit and captured a passionate, loyal following in the Philly and New York areas, selling out shows regularly. As the ska bubble of the mid 90’s grew, the group toured nationally, regularly opening up for groups like the Skatalites, Steel Pulse, 311, Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Blink 182, Desmond Dekker, Ziggy Marley, English Beat, Bouncing Souls, Bad Manners, Fishbone, Yellowman, Eek a Mouse, No Doubt and countless others. Ruder CDs were released in Japan and England, and songs can be found on dozens of compilation CDs far and wide.

In 2005 the band self-released their long-awaited third album, PHILLY STYLEE. Philly Stylee was recorded in spurts during the Third Wave ska heyday between 1996 and 1999 with final vocal overdubs and mixes completed in 2004. The CD was excruciatingly long in the making due to a number of personal obstacles which the band was ultimately able to overcome.

The band released their first truly fresh studio endeavor of the decade, the 5-song EP entitled GOD’S GHETTO in 2008 featuring material influenced by old school hip-hop and dancehall reggae.

The group’s newest release is the 8-song CREATION SOUNDS which features contemporary ska, ska-rock, and reggae sounds. The band still frequently performs on the East Coast and maintains a strong cult following among ska music fans internationally

We're 4 friends who love 60's Jamaican music, 50's Rock and Roll, Two-tone, Punk rock, and everything in between.

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