Rocky and the Pressers
45 Bleecker St.
New York, NY, 10012
Doors 9:00 PM / Show 9:30 PM
If you're not having fun at a Pinstripes show, brothers and sisters, check for a toe tag. Your autopsy may already be in progress.
Winners of the 2007, 2009 and 2010 Cincinnati Entertainment Award for Best World Band, The Pinstripes don't merely play Ska and Reggae — they inhabit the sound like it's a ramshackle house that's keeping them alive. Tight but never slick, fun but never goofy, intense but never serious, The Pinstripes (a hard-touring band with a hard-won following) combine Ska, Reggae, Dub and Soul to create something that's genuinely lacking in a great deal of contemporary music: joy.
Throw out all the standard Rock crit hoohah; the Cincinnati sextet takes the raw ingredients of Studio One Reggae, first-, second- and third-generation Ska and an absolute flawless sense of Soul, seeds it, stems it and rolls it into an enormous spliff that's nothing short of pure, unadulterated exhilaration. You can tell that the Pinstripes are having an absolute stratospheric blast every time they're on stage together and they transfer that feeling of unrestrained joy to the audience with an almost casual effort. But make no mistake; the Pinstripes are working overtime to generate that joy, and the work shows through every bit as clearly as the play. The band knows its shit and executes it with tighter-than-a-Republican's-ass marching band precision but with swing and swagger to spare. If the Pinstripes are playing, you want to be there.
Rocky and the Pressers
Rocky and The Pressers is a seven piece contemporary reggae band based in The Bronx, New York. The Pressers refresh the traditional genre tropes with lush vocal harmonies and flares of American folk, jazz and soul music. In September 2011, they began tracking the basic rhythm section elements for their forthcoming debut record, on a remote island in coastal Maine. Since then, working from a home studio, they have crafted thirteen original compositions. Firstly they over-dubbed the necessary elements like keyboards, percussion and vocals, then expanded into the orchestral palette, employing horn players from Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings and Antibalas, and violinists The Villalobos Brothers. This additional musicianship helps to compel a listener through lengthier pieces, if the lyrics and voices delivering them weren't compelling enough. The result is rhythmically rooted and easily identifiable as reggae, and should satisfy, even delight purists. Yet, content is topically atypical and makes no mention of expected themes; Rastafari, ganja, revolution. Never wishing to be pigeon holed, Rocky and The Pressers sing about what they do know and take loving care of a musical style which could be seen as misappropriated in their hands.