Manic Productions and Asbestos Records Present:
The Hempsteadys, The Excitement Gang
250 State Street
New Haven, CT, 06511
This event is 21 and over
The Toasters have been touring across the globe incessantly for the last 33 years. Jakarta, Bogota, Irkutsk, Istanbul, Shanghai - you name it, they've been there and done it. Since breaking out in 1981 on the rough and tumble East Side of NYC, the band's name has become synonymous with DIY touring and a fierce indie ethic. Here we are in 2013 and the calendar is already packed with two North American tours, South America, Europe, South East Asia, Russia and points east. In April the band will feature at the London International Ska Festival. The milestone of 5000 live shows is long out of sight in the rear view mirror.
To celebrate the new year the Toasters are releasing THE HOUSE OF SOUL vinyl 45rpm on their own Megalith records label. A series of singles will presage the LIFE IS A PARTY album. There will also be releases on London's Cherry Red Records of a special anniversary compilation as well as a re-edit of the classic 1987 POOL SHARK album. 2013 will also see a vinyl release of their breakthrough 1991 NEW YORK FEVER (produced by the great Joe Jackson) in collaboration with Jump Up Records out of Chicago.
The Toasters have been hailed as "ska pioneers" (Billboard magazine), the "sound of NYC" (New York Times) and as a core artist at CBGB. Widely acclaimed as being the progenitors of Third Wave Ska they are a true American 2-Tone band.
It is not everyday that a band releases a concept album as their debut full length, but The Hempsteadys are anything but conventional. The 11-piece from New London, Connecticut melds the traditional sounds of late ‘60s Jamaica, Motown and early British punk with the modern soul of Daptone Records and reggae rhythms of contemporaries such as The Aggrolites and The Slackers.
El Amor De Los Muertos is a rock(steady) opera about forbidden love with classic movie monsters as the cast of characters. Think of The Specials’ “Ghost Town” with the subject being more literal-than-symbolic and the music having a similar sound. This album has been four years in the making, as hinted at in the title of the song “Teen Wolf 2012,” which was the first song written for it. In those four years, the band has honed its incredible live set around the northeast.
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.
$10.00 - $12.00
Tickets Available at the Door