Manic Productions and Asbestos Records Present
The Royal Swindle, The Excitement Gang, Special Guest
295 Treadwell Street
Hamden, CT, 06514
This event is 21 and over
The Slackers are a classic American band that is equal parts grit and grace. Their slow rise against the odds is a story in perseverance and a belief in their musical vision, what Vic likes to call, "Jamaican Rock N Roll." While they have been influenced, and even personally taught by Jamaican ska/reggae originators, like the Skatalites and the Upsetters (Original backing band for the Wailers), the band sees its music as an extension of the traditions of the United States. This band is equally appreciative of old blues, country, 60s soul, rock, and Rnb as it is of reggae, rocksteady, dub, and Ska. It is as if the Rolling Stones or the Yardbirds had grown up on Bob Marley as well as Muddy Waters.
The Royal Swindle
The Royal Swindle is an 8 piece SKA/REGGAE/SOUL band from Southern Connecticut. A "Connecticut Ska All-Star Band" featuring former members of The Stepbacks, Flip Ya For Real and Sgt. Scagnetti, The Royal Swindle fuses the classic sounds of 60s R&B with ska and reggae. Comprised of a full rhythm section, 3-piece horn section and 3 vocalists, The Royal Swindle performs songs by artists such as Hepcat, Ray Charles, Amy Winehouse, Lily Allen, The Specials, Laurel Aitken, The Honey Cone and some more "rare" Bob Marley songs. The Royal Swindle is known for their "song mash-ups" fusing "Monkey Man" by The Specials and "Pressure Drop" by Toots and The Maytals. The Royal Swindle is also known for their brilliant crafting of energetic set lists that keeps the audience moving, so bring your dancing shoes!
The Excitement Gang
The Excitement Gang is a 3 piece ska band from CT. Taking inspiration from bands like the clash, operation ivy, and the specials. The Excitement Gang brings energy, emotion, and intelligence to every show they play....and you can dance to it too. Ex members of Flip Ya For Real, The Distributors, and Distance No Object.