Manic Productions and Asbestos Records Present:
The Hempsteadys, The Excitement Gang
250 State Street
New Haven, CT, 06511
This event is 21 and over
Now celebrating their 35th year the Toasters are once again announcing a full calendar of dates to kick off the 2017 touring campaign. These NYC D.I.Y die-hards have already notched more than 5000 live shows and plan to heap more onto that tally this year with two North American tours, as well as dates in South America, Europe, South East Asia, Russia and points east.
Formed on the lower East Side in 1981 the band has become synonymous with American 2 Tone Ska music and forged their instantly recognizable “East Side Beat” sound in such famous Big Apple dancehalls as CBGB’S where they have been named as a top 20 core artist alongside myths like the Ramones, Blondie and the Talking Heads. Widely acclaimed as launching the Third Wave Ska revival the Toasters went on to form the famous Moon Records label and kick-started the careers of dozens of bands. Their early collaborations with the iconic Joe Jackson helped define their sound and establish them as the premier USA ska act of their generation. The Toasters have been hailed as “ska pioneers” (Billboard magazine) and the “sound of NYC” (New York Times).
The band is currently supporting their latest single: “House of Soul”, released on their own label Megalith Records and released only in a 7 inch vinyl format. The full color jacket features original artwork by renowned Serbian portrait painter Slavko Krunic.
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