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Show Review: The Slackers celebrate the Holidays at Irving Plaza with War On Women and The Pandemics

The Slackers on stage at Irving Plaza. Text and photos by Kate Hoos

NYC Ska stalwarts The Slackers hit the stage a few days before Christmas for their annual holiday show at Irving Plaza in Manhattan where they were joined by fellow ska heads The Pandemics and feminist hardcore firebrands War On Women to make for a genre bending helluva good time holiday shindig!

Pics and review from the show below.

Theatrics and Poise: World/Inferno Friendship Society bring the house down at Brooklyn Bazaar

Photos by Jeff Schaer-Moses Photography
Jack Terricloth serenading one lucky fan at Brooklyn Bazaar.

The World/Inferno Friendship Society have really only been playing New York three or four times a year as of late, which makes every one of their hometown performances a must see. Their music is complex and beautiful, their sound is raw and powerful, and they bring a level of showmanship and theatricality to the stage that no other punk band on the planet does.

For their last hometown performance before their annual Hallowmas, Mr. Terricloth and his cohort invited Philly ska/punks Teenage Halloween up to the Big Apple to open the evening in Brooklyn Bazaar’s ballroom. They played well and announced that they would be dropping a new record soon on Philadelphia-based Fistolo Records.

Next on the bill was Slackers frontman Vic Ruggiero, who may just be the single most New York human being on the planet (under the age of 60 at least). Vic’s solo sets are like watching New York blues history unfold right before your eyes, and it’s really a thing of beauty. He’s an engaging storyteller, a tremendous guitarist, and a genuine guy.

Vic Ruggiero of The Slackers doing his solo thing.

It’s hard to fill up a stage like Brooklyn Bazaar’s as a solo act, but Vic actually made the room feel full with his electric guitar, a kick drum, a tambourine, and his chest-mounted harmonica. He played his solo stuff, took requests, and even workshopped a new song entitled “Garlic is the Sun” for his hometown crowd. Not all the requests were honored, however, as Vic pointed out to one fan that “if you wanna hear dat one, you’ll need to come to a Slackers show” in his droll New York accent.

As great as Vic was, the crowd was there for one reason and one reason only: to fuck shit up with World/Inferno. The room went bonkers with the first notes of “Tattoos Fade,” and Mr. Terricloth raised a full bottle of Coppola wine to toast the WIFS faithful. The crowd roared along to every lyric of World/Inferno’s opening score, and the ever friendly World/Inferno moshpit sprang into existence. There are punks to help you up in every pit, but something about the WIFS pit is just far more inviting than any other band’s.

Mr. Terricloth raising a toast to his World/Inferno faithful.

In a pre-show interview, Mr. Terricloth had said that Saturday night’s show would be “off the hook,” and he delivered on his word with a big-time performance. The group, which sometimes swells to more than thirteen members, was a lean eight-piece in Greenpoint, but they still packed a mighty punch when performing hits off of Red Eyed Soul like “The Velocity of Love,” “Your Younger Man,” and “Let’s Steal Everything,” among a slew of others.

They went through damn near half their catalogue in a performance that ran nearly two hours, and they did it all with panache. When they left the stage for their admittedly planned encore, the giant who was standing next to me in a denim vest (complete with Choking Victim patch on the back left and Grateful Dead patch on the front right pocket) lept onto the stage and led the crowd in a rousing chant of “tonight we’re gonna fuck shit up” until the band came back.

Ms. Malak

The encore opened with “Politics of Passing Out,” which required Mr. Terricloth to play a little acoustic guitar — in this case, one that he acquired from his old friend Sly Stone back when he was Sly’s driver — and closed with a tune I just don’t know the name of that was selected by WIFS bass player Ms. Malak.

Free download of Road to Fest Sampler from Gainesville’s Paper + Plastick Records

In preparation for for the 15th annual Fest in Gainesville Florida, Paper + Plastick Records has compiled a 15 track sampler called “Road to Fest 15”.

Check out the track list and download the free sampler below.





Rare Breed releases free summer sampler (Slackers, Less Than Jake, Reel Big Fish, etc.)

Rare Breed, Paper + Plastick and friends have announced the release of their free summer sampler, creatively titled “The 2016 Summer Sampler”. The release features 21 track from bands like Less Than JakeBig D and The Kid’s Table, The Slackers and Reel Big Fish.

You can download the entire sampler here. Enjoy!

The Slackers stream new self-titled album

Following the little sample last week, NYC Ska legends The Slackers have just released a full stream of their new, self-titled album, which was released via Rare Breed Recording Company.

It consists of 15 tracks that simultaneously mix Ska with a dirty urban feel, and infuse it with a crazy carnival feel. Check it out below.

The Slackers release a free download of their new track “The Truth Comes Knocking”

NYC Ska legends The Slackers have just given us a first taste of their upcoming, crowd-funded, self-titled album. “The Truth Comes Nothing” has a cool, guttural reggae sound to it. Unfortunately, to listen to it you need to first enter your email on the website, then click a link, then download it straight onto your computer. It’s a bit of a hassle, but definitely well worth a listen. Check it out here.

“The Slackers” is set for release on February 19th, and marks the band’s first release since “The Radio” back in 2011.

The Hempsteadys release new video for “Teen Wolf 2012”

Connecticut reggae-punk act The Hempsteadys have released a fun new video for their song “Teen Wolf 2012,” and you can check it out below.  The song can also be found on the band’s most recent album, El Amor de los Muertos, which was released via Telegraph Recording Company last November.

You can pick up the album here, and catch The Hempsteadys live as they open up for The Slackers on February 19th at The Space in Hamden, CT.

Paper + Plastick help The Slackers release new album; release tracklisting

The Slackers successfully crowd-funded their upcoming self-titled effort. Now to help with the release is Paper + Plastick Records in the US and Rare Breed Recording in Europe. You can find a track-list for the new album below.

The Slackers’ last album was “The Radio” in 2011.

The Slackers stream three songs and b-side from upcoming self-titled album, announce US tour

The Slackers, NYC’s purveyors of Ska, Reggae, Soul, and Rock N Roll, are streaming three new songs, “By the Time I Get to Sleep,” Truth Comes Knocking,” and “Spin I’m In” that will appear on the band’s coming self-titled album. The album will be released on on February 19, 2016 through Special Potato / Rare Breed Records, and will commemorate the 25th anniversary of the bands existence. Additionally the band have released a stream of an album b-side, “The Boss.” You can hear the four new songs below.

The Slackers have also announced a lengthy US tour to support the album. You can find the confirmed dates and locations (as of now) right here.

The Slackers last released a crowd-funded EP titled My Bed Is A Boat in 2013. Their latest full-length album The Great Rocksteady Swindle came out in 2010 on Hellcat Records.

The Slackers stream new 7″ flexi

The Slackers‘ new 7″, part of the Rare Breed Recording Company flexi series, is now streaming in its entirety. You can pre-order it now and give it a listen below!

The 7″ will officially drop in late September via Paper + Plastick Records.

The Slackers stream new song, “Dub Can’t Hide”

The Slackers‘ new album is ready to go!  If you want to grab yourself some brand-new ska tunes, you can pre-order it now, and stream “Dub Can’t Hide” below.

Sax player Dave Hillyard had this to say about the new album:

“[Producer Brian Dixon] set us up in the studio facing each other in a circle and we knocked through a bunch of original tunes. When we got through those, we played a coupe of covers that we have been doing for fun. We felt loose and comfortable and that easy feeling can be heard in the track.”

The album will officially drop in late September via Paper + Plastick Records.

Rare Breed Recording Co. offer free download of new ska/reggae compilation

Late last year, Less Than Jake drummer Vinnie Fiorello and Obi Fernandez of Westbound Train started a ska/reggae label called Rare Breed Recording Company. The label has just released a free, 15-song comp featuring songs from bands like The Toasters, The Slackers, and The Skints. You can give it a listen below, and grab it for free on the label’s webstore.

The Slackers working on new music, announce North American and European tours

Long-running New York ska band The Slackers have a lot in store for 2015. In addition to revealing they are currently working on new music, the band recently announced a bunch of North American and European tour dates.

Check out the band’s tour itinerary below, and stay tuned for more details on the new music.

The Slackers last released a crowd-funded EP titled My Bed Is A Boat in 2013. Their latest full-length album The Great Rocksteady Swindle came out in 2010 on Hellcat Records.

Videos: Dwarves, Anti-Nowhere League, and Slackers at Punk Rock Bowling 2014

Whether or not you were able to make the trip to Vegas this year for PRB, you can relive the magic by watching live videos of the performances!

Our friends over at Felony Records did an awesome job capturing many of the sets at this year’s Punk Rock Bowling and Music Festival in Las Vegas. Check out videos of The Dwarves, Anti-Nowhere League, and The Slackers below!

Asbestos Records launches Kickstarter for benefit ska compilation

Asbestos Records is showing some love for a friend in need, and they’re looking for some help via Kickstarter to get it done.  Efren Santana, the tenor sax player for Hepcat, is facing some pretty hefty medical bills incurred during a lengthy hospital stay due to a lung infection earlier this year, and the label brought together some of ska’s finest to share some new, previously unreleased, and/or live tracks on a major compilation cd.

The comp will include Big D and the Kids Table, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, The Slackers, Spring Heeled Jack, and a whole bunch more.  You can check out the full story and donate to the project here.