The Slackers are self styled masters of Reggae, Ska and Rock’n’Roll from New York City.
The Slackers began in 1991 in NYC. After years of local gigs and rehearsing in a dingy basement in Manhattan’s lower east side, the band released its debut album, Better Late Than Never, in 1996. The band’s success resulted in the release of a second album, Red Light, on the Epitaph label in 1997. Since then the Slackers have released 11 more studio albums (The Question, Wasted Days, Slackers & Friends, Close My Eyes, Slackers in Dub, Peculiar, Boss Harmony Sessions, Self Medication, Lost and Found, The Great Rocksteady Swindle, and The Slackers [self-titled, 2016] ) 3 live albums (Live at Ernestos, Upsettin Ernestos, Slack in Japan), several EPs (International War Crimminal, My Bed is a Boat), and numerous singles and compilation tracks.
Since 1997 the Slackers have played over 100 shows every year in a total of 46 american states, 7 Canadian provinces, 22 European countries, 5 Latin American countries, and 2 Asian countries.
The band’s musical style is distinct from their contempories; a mix of early Jamaican music with classic 50’s and 60s American styles. There are influences from 50s and 60s Rock’n’Roll, Rythmn and Blues, Jazz and Latin music. Singer Vic Ruggiero has coined the term ‘Jamaican Rock’nRoll.’ to describe it. He says, “The band might play a classic Jamaican style but the vocals are distinctly American east coast, revealing the obvious connection of Jamaican music to the Doo-Wop of Harlem and the Bronx.”
With the demise of record companies over the last 5 years, the Slackers have successfully used crowdfunding (www.bigtun.es/theslackers.) to release new music including the latest release, The Slackers [self-titled] in February 2016.
» The Nice Guys (Ska)
Back in 2001 four of us wanted to play ska music and founded The Nice Guys. This all started with the first two recordings, 'Ska Party' and 'Toepe Len'. We only used Drums, Keys, Guitar and bass-guitar. These songs were very basic and 2tone-oriented. From that day on we moved more and more towards a traditional style of ska and reggae, adding horns, turning the keys into a decent Hammond and piano, using upright bass, and now we’re a band of 9 musicians. Since 2010 we've been playing in this same line-up.
Spring 2013 we went to Majestic Studio to record 7 new songs. The people at Majestic were excited and offered us a recorddeal to release this mini-album on their label. In august 2013 we were proud to present our ep “Sweet & Dirty”. To release this album with a big-bang, we had the opportunity to share stage with The Skatalites, the day before our official release party.
February 2014 the Pirates Crew Soundsystem released a 7" to celebrate their 10th anniversary with Collieman + Saimn-i and Blackout JA. Both of the songs had the intrumental of Touched By a Stranger performed by The Nice Guys as backing.
June 2014 we went back into the Majestic studio. We recorded 14 songs and in november 2014 the full album “Rude On Friday” was released. For the vinyl-lovers we even made a special limited edition coloured viny, which was a succes!
September 2016 was the time to launch a new EP, titled 'Teach Me A Lesson'. 5 brand new ska songs came to life on this cd and vinyl release.
Ever since those recordings we've been playing at a lot of nice festivals and big stages, such as Copacobana Festival, Pole Pole Festival, Trefpunt Festival, Charlatan Ghent, Reggae Geel, ... .
For now, we keep working on new stuff for the upcoming gigs. So for every nice stage you know, we're always available to ratify your line-up!