Punknews.org
The Slackers photographed by Joelle Andres

The Slackers



Average Rating:






Hometown: New York City, NY (USA)

About:

The Slackers are a seven piece band that hails from New York City. Formed in 1991, the band has been experimenting with mixes of ska, reggae, soul, swing, garage rock, and jazz for over 10 years. By following their muses of the Skatalites, the Beatles, Bob Marley, Lee Perry, Bob Dylan, and Curtis Mayfield, the Slackers have created a niche all their own in contemporary music.

Their first full length recording, Better Late Than Never (1996), featured a raw, direct sound that drew inspiration from Jamaica and brought it into New York in the 1990's. The New York Times was quick to declare that the Slackers are part of "The Sound of New York."

Upon signing with Tim Armstrong's, Hellcat Records, in 1997, the band released Red Light, which saw them evolving to a smoother, more melancholy and soulful sound. The runaway hit from this album was "Watch This" which received extensive college radio airplay and was featured on the Give Em the Boot compilation which sold over 200,000 copies.

Related Bands

King Django, Star Fucking Hipsters, Stubborn  All-Stars, Hepcat, Leftover Crack, Vic Ruggiero

Reviews

The Slackers The Great Rock-Steady Swindle

The Slackers

The Great Rock-Steady Swindle (2010)

Hellcat

The Slackers Self Medication

The Slackers

Self Medication (2008)

Indication

The Slackers Peculiar

The Slackers

Peculiar (2006)

Hellcat

The Slackers Close My Eyes

The Slackers

Close My Eyes (2003)

Hellcat

The Slackers Live At Ernesto's

The Slackers

Live At Ernesto's (2000)

Hellcat

The Slackers The Question

The Slackers

The Question (1998)

Hellcat

show more

Interviews

Picture of The Slackers

The Slackers

Wednesday, September 17, 2003 at 7:15 PM (EDT)

Picture of The Slackers

The Slackers

Monday, April 12, 2010 at 8:00 PM (EDT)

Related News

Vic Ruggiero raising money for a live album
Vic Ruggiero of the Slackers and Jesse Wagner of the Aggrolites have launched a crowdsourcing campaign to raise money for a live album. The pair are touring Europe this summer and will be recording songs intended…
May 19, 2014
Videos: The Slackers: "My Bed Is A Boat"
The Slackers have posted a new music video for "My Bed Is A Boat." The song is the title track from their crowd-funded/pre-sale EP of the same name. You can click Read…
January 24, 2014
Videos: Bomb the Music Industry! announce support for final shows
Bomb the Music Industry! have revealed who will be supporting their final two shows in Brooklyn, NY. The Slackers, Lemuria, and…
December 23, 2013
Videos: Brooklyn Rocksteady (Documentary) released for pay-what-you-want
The long-awaited documentary Brooklyn Rocksteady has been released. The film started in 2011 with a Kickstarter raising $3,000 for production. It explores the past 30 years of the ska and rocksteady scene of New York City area. The film includes interviews with members of the Toasters, the Slackers,…
July 24, 2013
Videos: The Apple Stomp Festival announces line up
The Apple Stomp Festival, a brand new ska festival being hosted by Asbestos Records, has announced the line up for their inaugural fest. Headlining the event will be The Suicide Machines and…
April 10, 2013
Videos: Pouzza Fest announce final batch of bands, post schedule
Pouzza Fest has made their final lineup announcements and have posted the schedule for this year's festival taking place May 17-19, 2013 in Montreal. New bands added to the previously revealed lineup include Me First and The Gimme…
March 07, 2013
Tours: The Slackers
The Slackers are hitting the road late this month, touring around the midwest, down to the gulf coast and into Texas. You can click Read More for the…
September 04, 2012
Tours: The Slackers (Northeast US / Europe)
New York's The Slackers have posted dates for their European tour coming up in April and May, as well as a handful of dates in the northeastern US at the end of March. The band's most recent release was 2010's…
February 29, 2012
Tours: The Lawrence Arms, Jon Snodgrass, and more added to Pouzza Fest
Montreal's Pouzza Fest have delivered another update, this time adding The Lawrence Arms, Jon Snodgrass, Joey Cape, Vic Ruggiero of…
January 30, 2012
Tours: The Slackers announce 'The Radio' and Kickstarter campaign
New York City ska band The Slackers, who will be featured in the upcoming documentary Brooklyn Rocksteady, have recently announced a new album of covers, as well as an already-funded…
November 07, 2011

Exclusive Streams

Newest Reviews

Punknews.org Team

Other Places to Go