The Slackers in Leeds
Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
Saturday 1st October 2022, £18.00
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For 30 years, the NYC-based and critically acclaimed Slackers have been touring the world with their blend of Ska, Reggae, and Soul.
The Slackers are a sextet based out of New York City. They mix together ska, reggae, soul, and rock n roll, balancing strong rhythms with classic songwriting and poignant contemporary lyrics.
Since 1991, the Slackers have released fifteen albums and countless singles, while their 1000s of live performances feed their fans with energetic sets of ecstatic music.
The press state that the Slackers are the best ska band in the world (Rude International), the pick of the US crop (Metal Hammer), the sound of New York (New York Times), is about as close to perfect as it gets (Ink 19), and one of the best bands in the United States (axs.com).
In normal years, the Slackers play around 100 live shows a year, but 2020 put that to a screeching halt. Looking for a safe and responsible way to perform, the band switched to livestreams and they made 4 livestream full band concerts. Each concert was broadcast worldwide and reached 1000s of attendees. In addition to concerts, the band kept busy with dozens of performances by individual band members on Facebook and Instagram.
2021 was a year of a hard won come back. The Slackers started the year with 2 international livestreams. They then leapt into gigging live by selling out 7 nights of small limited capacity outdoor gigs in New Jersey and Brooklyn in May and June. They moved to larger festival sized audiences at the Levitt Pavillions in Bethlehem, PA and Denver, CO.
The second half of 2021 has seen a return to club dates with the band doing 28 shows in November and December including sold out shows in Cleveland and Berkeley California. They are finishing out 2021 with a hometown NYC show at Irving Plaza on December 18th.
During quarantine the band also stayed active recording. A new album, 'Don't Let The Sunlight Fool Ya' (Pirates Press) is slated for release on April 15, 2022. The first single from this album, 'Windowland/I Almost Lost You' came out in November 2021.
The band is currently booked for 60 dates in 2022 including dates in the United States, Canada, the UK, and EU.
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