The Slackers

February 7, 2015 @ 9:00 pm
The Dover Brickhouse
2 Orchard Street
Dover, NH 03820


“The Slackers are part of an imaginary universe. It wasn’t their fault, well not completely. The caterpillar told them not to eat the mushroom on the right. But they did and for years now they’ve had to play Imaginary-Jamaican-Rock-and-Roll, and try to explain that to everyone who passes. One asks,”Are you a reggae band?…where are your dreadlocks then?” Another says,”YOU DONT SOUND LIKE PUNK-ROCK
WITH HORNS AT ALL!!” One elderly gent says,”Why it sounds like a lot of music I used to like, but I don’t think any of you boys look addicted to HEROIN!” Doomed to try and explain themselves to a world full of hungry club-promoters, style-police, genre-slaves and the generally confused, they wrote bio upon bio, hoping to snag someone…ANYONE!…who might understand…here is attempt #6,364…”
Vic Ruggiero, The Slackers

The Slackers have spreading their gospel of “Jamaican Rock N Roll” for 21 years
now. 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) they play it with a decidedly American accent. Basically, this band is
equally appreciative of old blues, country, 60s soul, rock, and Rnb 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.

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