The Slackers are a classic American band that is equal parts grit and grace. Their slow rise against the odds is a story of 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 Rn'B 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.
Smashing the stereotypes of "Ska" as happy, uptempo, and shallow music, the Slackers play with an aggressive edge and their songs veer in themes from the personal to the political. They can out jam any hippie band and outwrite most singer songwriters. From their 1996 release, Better Late Than Never through to 2010 with The Great Rocksteady Swindle, they have established themselves as America's premiere interpreters and innovators of Jamaican music and a pretty good rock band to boot.
The Great Rocksteady Swindle (release date 4/20/10) is a songwriting tour de force with all band members contributing to its gutsy muscular sound. "Mr. Tragedy" references the Specials while "Boll Weevil" references Sam Sham & the Pharaohs. "Cheated" seethes with bitterness while "Thank You" offers the possibility of hope. As the band has matured you can't even tell anymore where the rock begins and the reggae ends, its become The Slackers.
NEW TOWN KINGS
New Town Kings are a 9 piece Ska band from Essex
During their time writing and performing, the band has been lucky enough to play at a wide range of gigs, from raves and festivals including Boomtown, One Love and Secret Garden Party to pubs and South London squats, with regular tours in the UK and Europe. Along the way they have shared the stage with hundreds of amazing bands including Reel Big Fish, The Slackers, The Skints, Congo Natty and many more.
Now with a new, massively talented front man 'Dabs', the band are focused, and looking forward to a successful year touring and working on new material.
JIMMY THE SQUIRREL
Ska, Reggae, folk, acoustic, punk, dub, rock, pop with a bit of swing! One of Nottingham's finest dancing bands! Having toured the UK and shared stages along the way with the likes of The Beat, The Selecter, The Slackers, Jaya the Cat, Chris Murray and many more, with members of Pama International and The Big working on their last album, which was released on cult Ska label, Do The Dog Records, JTS are going from strength to strength and hope to release another album before the end of the year!
Reggae/dub/funk/swing/samba/ska dance mashup! Funky Reggae outlaws from Chesterfield. A tirade of guitars, keyboard and brass that merges into fast skanks, heavy dubs and big swings – anything with a good rhythm.
Between bands and afterwards until we get tired. Spinning ska, reggae and 2tone classics to keep you skankin until bedtime
Doors 7.30pm sharp!
£13 adv / £15 on the door
Tickets - https://www.musicglue.com/the-maze/events/8-jul-14-the-slackers--new-town-kings--jimmy-the-squirrel--ubuntu--the-maze/