FANDANGLE – “FLY AWAY” 10-YEAR ANNIVERSARY ONE OFF SHOW

UK Ska-Punks Fandangle return for a one-off show, celebrating 10 years since releasing their album “Fly Away” by playing the whole album start to finish at London’s New Cross Inn on Sat 3rd November!

The show comes just the month before the Christmas release of a BRAND NEW Fandangle album. Supports and tonnes more information to be announced very soon, this is going to be one to not miss – Save the date!

Earlybird advance tickets are £8, and will be available directly from http://www.newcrossinn.com/ from midday on Monday 11th June.
DOORS OPEN: 2PM

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A LITTLE ABOUT FLY AWAY:
The album was released worldwide in 2008, having been recorded with Greg Bergdorf in Fullerton, CA, with tracking finished off in London. It even had guest appearances from the likes of Aaron Barrett & Ryland Steen [Reel Big Fish], Greg Bergdorf [Zebrahead] and Jason Freece [Green Day].

Fly Away spawned two videos:

CHEAP ESCAPE:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=27KPJcuJLQ8

HOMELAND OBSCURITY:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kpuLPcMUOcQ

UPSURGE FESTIVAL 2018

A new alternative festival spread across 2 days in London. Our first instalment will take place UK bank holiday weekend, 26th & 27th of August 2018 at New Cross Inn, which is an intimate 350 capacity space with a DIY edge.

Lineup:
Counterparts
Harms Way (UK Exclusive)
Take Offense (UK Exclusive)
Sanction (UK Exclusive)
Broken Teeth
This Is Colour (Reunion)
Renounced
Denzel Himself
The Argent Dawn (Reunion)
Rough Hands
Chamber
Terrible Love
God Complex
Splitknuckle
Plus more to be announced.

They are also doing an Upsurge festival warm up show the night before with hardcore legends Sheer Terror headlining. You can get a discounted add on ticket for this with a weekend festival ticket.

Weekend tickets + warm up show / Sheer Terror add on available at
http://www.newcrossinn.com/product/upsurgefestival2018/

There will be an after party on the Sunday night until 3am. Details TBA.

POLITE RIOT FESTIVAL 2018

FRIDAY HEADLINER:

Teenage Bottlerocket are a punk rock band who play in the tight, fast, funny, and frantic SoCal manner, even though they hail from Laramie, Wyoming rather than the Golden State. Teenage Bottlerocket were formed in 2000 by bassist and lead singer Ray Carlisle and drummer Brandon Carlisle, shortly after the breakup of their previous band, the Homeless Wonders. Adding guitarist Zach Doe, the band played out in 2001, and released its debut EP, A-Bomb, in 2002. Doe left Teenage Bottlerocket later that year, and they added a new guitarist, Joel Pattinson, who played on the band’s first full-length album, 2003’s Another Way. For 2005’s Total, the group expanded to a four-piece with the addition of guitarist Kody Templeman, previously of the Lillingtons, whose sound had been an influence on the Carlisle brothers early on.

Arriving in 2008, Warning Device saw the band go through more personnel changes; Joel Pattinson left the lineup, Ray Carlisle moved from bass to guitar, and Miguel Chen took over on the four-string. Released in 2009, They Came from the Shadows was Teenage Bottlerocket‘s first album for well-established West Coast punk label Fat Wreck Chords; Fat also released 2012’s Freak Out! The band moved to Rise Records for 2015’s Tales from Wyoming; it proved to be Brandon Carlisle‘s last album with Teenage Bottlerocket, following his unexpected death on November 7, 2015 after falling into a coma. The group opted to continue on following Brandon‘s passing, hiring new drummer Darren Chewka and returning to the Fat Wreck Chords fold to release 2017’s Stealing the Covers (a collection of tunes written by other bands) as well as the accompanying single “Going Back to Wyo.” (by Mark Deming)

SATURDAY  HEADLINER:

Apologies, i have none started off as a two piece drums and guitar band, consisting of Dan Bond and Josh Mckenzie. In 2007 they released their first EP, “Done” which was available on CD and as a free download through the band’s website. On 18 March 2009 they released their second EP “Two Sticks and Six Strings”. Later on in 2009 they expanded the line up by adding PJ Shepherd on bass and Joe Watson on drums.

On 1 April 2010 Apologies, I Have None released a Double A-side 7″, featuring the tracks Sat In Vicky Park & Joiners And Windmills. In March 2011 Apologies, I Have None were featured on BBC Radio 1’s “The Punk Show with Mike Davies”. The show featured several tracks recorded in session at the BBC’s Maida Vale Studios in London, and an interview with Mike Davies. Apologies, I Have None regularly toured the UK and Europe and in May/June 2011 recorded a new album which was scheduled for release in 2012.On 19 March 2012 Apologies, I Have None released their debut album ‘London’. The band self-released the cd version, with London punk label Household Name Records releasing the vinyl lp. The label also pressed a limited edition white vinyl edition of the lp of which only 75 copies were made. Later put out by Uncle M Music across Germany. Over the 2012 August Bank Holiday weekend, Apologies, I Have None opened the Lock Up Stage on the Sunday & Friday respectively at Reading and Leeds Festivals. On 20 February 2014 the band announced via their Facebook page that founding member Dan Bond had left the band and that they would continue as a three piece. Simon Small later joined the band on guitar. Mid 2014 the band released their darkest work yet, the Black Everything EP. (Uncle M Music). In 2014 they toured Europe playing many festivals and shows including Hurricane & Southside and Groezrock. On 22 August 2014 the band announced via their Facebook page that bassist PJ Shepherd had left the band. He was later replaced by James Hull, the gunslinging outlaw of the acoustic West. In November 2014 Apologies joined The Smith Street Band and The Front Bottoms for a sold out tour in Australia. Lee Hartney featured on bass. Josh is the most popular member of the band and has a tumblr fanpage, run by persons unknown. 2014/15 was spent writing and recording ‘Pharmacie’ – the follow up to 2012’s ‘London’. This is due for release 26 August 2016.”

SUNDAY HEADLINER:

“Post-hardcore quintet A Wilhelm Scream formed in New Bedford, MA, in the mid-’90s. Playing gritty punk rock in the same vein as Hot Water Music and Propagandhi, the group has since toured all over the country with the likes of Rise Against, Pennywise, the Lawrence Arms, Less Than Jake, and Strung Out. Originally called Smackin’ Isaiah, the group released The Way to a Girl’s Heart Is Through Her Boyfriend’s Stomach on All About Records in 2001 and The Champagne of Bands…We Know Sexy EP on Fork in Hand in 2002. They changed their name to A Wilhelm Scream in December 2002. The Benefits of Thinking Out Loud, originally issued by Tank Records in 2002, was re-released by Jump Start two years later. Finally settling down with one label, 2004 saw their debut Nitro release, Mute Print, surface. The guys — guitarist/vocalist Trevor Reilly, vocalist Nuno Pereira, bassist/vocalist Jonathan Teves, drummer Nicholas Pasquale Angelini, and guitarist Chris Levesque — then played shows with Near Miss and Much the Same before hitting the studio in March 2005. Ruiner, produced by Bill Stevenson and Jason Livermore, was issued that August. Following its recording, Curtiss Lopez joined in on bass, but his stay was a short one, as he abruptly left the band while on tour in February 2006. A temporary bassist (Nick Diener of Michigan’s the Swellers) was quickly found to finish out dates before the guys later began their search for a permanent replacement.” (by Corey Apar)

Be Sharp Promotions / Umlaut Records / Kick The Crutches
In association with Destiny Tourbooking & New Cross Inn

£35 Earlybird Weekend Passes *SOLD OUT*
£40 Standard Weekend Passes *AVAILABLE*
£15 Day Tickets *AVAILABLE*

EARTH CRISIS

Earth Crisis ‘ chugging riffs and barked declarations served as the mouthpiece of America’s vegan straight-edge movement throughout the ’90s, detailing the ideas of animal and human liberation, drug-free living, and personal empowerment through hardcore song. The vegan straight-edge movement spawned activists who took the law into their own hands, burning down fur farms and freeing animals directly.

Earth Crisis began as the brainchild of Karl Buechner — who intended to play bass. The lineup eventually solidified with Buechner on vocals, Ian “Bulldog” Edwards on bass, guitarist Scott Crouse, drummer Mike Riccardi, and a guitarist named Ben Read. This lineup began playing around Syracuse, spreading the message of veganism and the drug-free lifestyle. Their first EP, All Out War, came out on 7″ single format, with the band embarking upon their first U.S. tour in support of it. Drummer Dennis Merrick came aboard around this time as Riccardi was unable to commit himself to touring. The interest that built up in the hardcore scene around the band, along with a new demo, brought Earth Crisis to the attention of Chicago’s Victory label and a deal was signed. Earth Crisis set about making their first EP for the label; Firestorm was a landmark release for the hardcore scene that combined staccato, solo-free metal with barking, political, and militant vocals. The lyrics centered around the dangers of drug abuse and bringing “violence against violence” to drug dealers and those who would abuse animals: “a firestorm to purify.”

The Earth Crisis phenomenon was now in full swing, but Ben was asked to leave the band and was replaced by guitarist Kris Weichman. The group next crafted their debut full-length album, Destroy the Machines, which was released in 1995. Victory also secured the rights to All Out War, reissuing it on CD, 7″, and cassette format. The band traveled to Europe, where they were amassing quite a dedicated following. Earth Crisis set about touring the States again as well, first with Guilt, Ignite, and Damnation AD and next supporting Shelter. While on tour in the northwestern United States, they were involved in a serious van crash that hospitalized Merrick for some time. While home recuperating, the rest of the group — together with Rose, Ricardi, and another friend — made a project album under the moniker Path of Resistance as Earth Crisis popularity began to increase.

Major media outlets such as MTV, CNN, and CBS started covering Earth Crisis and vegan straight-edge in general. In 1996, the band released their second full-length album, Gomorrah’s Season Ends, a polished and decidedly more metallic affair that produced even more anthems that became singalong worthy staples of their live performances. Though Victory was growing in size alongside the band, offers from bigger, more established and more widely distributed labels began to pour in. The band was asked to take part in the inaugural Ozzfest. Earth Crisis released a live album, The Oath That Keeps Me Free, through Victory and then signed a contract with then-indie metal giant Roadrunner Records, home to acts such as Fear Factory and Sepultura. They also fired Weichman, replacing him with Edwards’ brother Erick, late of the band Beta Minus Mechanic. Their first and only album for the label, Breed the Killers, was released simultaneously on vinyl through Equal Vision. It was solid, with production by Andy Sneap and a guest vocal appearance by Machine Head frontman Robb Flynn. Earth Crisis toured relentlessly behind the record, but it failed to generate much more of a buzz than any of their previous releases had already. With dissatisfaction mounting on both sides, Earth Crisis severed ties with Roadrunner and returned “home” to Victory. What followed was perhaps the best work of their career, the decidedly nu metal flavored Slither. Its incredibly well produced, structured, and catchy songs included singing, rapping, and more obtuse and personally oriented lyrics. It was tantamount to a massive “sell-out” to many fans, however, and poor turnouts at subsequent tour stops reflected this. Earth Crisis’ next release was a collection of demo, rare, and cover tracks called Last of the Sane. In 2001, they announced their breakup, playing a triumphant final performance at Hellfest in their hometown of Syracuse. A DVD and best-of collection were released soon after. Earth Crisis then reformed in 2007 with a more focused and direct approach musically. They’ve traded in some of the experimental styling’s, for straight forward, heavy hardcore to rival the likes of any of their peers. 2009’s To The Death, 2011’s Neutralize The Threat and 2014’s Salvation Of Innocents feel like the albums Earth Crisis wanted to make throughout the 90’s, but simply lacked the maturity to completely pull off. The Firestorm rages on!
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August 9th / £15 ADV + support from:

Firm Standing Law – UK straight edge
https://firmstandinglaw.bandcamp.com/

X Servitude X – vegan, straight edge band
http://xservitudex.bandcamp.com

#FightbackLondon

This June, New Cross Inn are proud to be taking part of Music Venue Trust’s #FightbackLondon, a key component of #SoundsLikeLondon, the Mayor’s month long celebration of London’s vital Grassroots Music Venues.

Grassroots Music Venues across London unite to create month long festival of music as part of Sounds Like London – Fightback London

“Music Venue Trust are delighted to announce FIghtback London, a key component of Sounds Like London, the Mayor’s month long celebration of London’s vital Grassroots Music Venues that will take place in June 2018.

Sounds Like London is a new summer campaign that will encourage audiences to visit their local grassroots music venue and promote the capital’s emerging musical talent. Fightback London will provide the focus for events taking place at the capital’s Grassroots Music Venues, with live music every day throughout June at a whole range of venues right across London.

Gary Prosser of Music Venue Trust said:

“These venues are the backbone of the live music scene in London, providing spaces where artists can take their first steps, develop and grow. Fightback London provides an opportunity to showcase the fantastic range of artists and venues that London enjoys, celebrating the history of our music scene and supporting its future.

More than 60 events at over 20 venues have already been confirmed, with many more to be added, including special featured events. Venues taking part include 100 Club, Dublin Castle, Omeara, Electrowerkz, Borderline, Bedford, and Thee Social. Special events include Camden Rocks, Bush Stock and and new live agency Talentbanq who will be announcing something typically unique – featuring 10 independent artists at one of London’s most famous addresses – as part of the festival.

Amy Lamé, Night Czar, said:

“London’s grassroots music scene is absolutely vital to the city’s reputation as the music capital of the world. These venues nurture the talent of tomorrow and help emerging artists to develop their technique. The Mayor and I are absolutely committed to ensuring London’s live music venues thrive – that’s why he introduced Agent of Change into the draft London Plan and why he launched Sounds Like London – to champion London’s grassroots music venues. Fightback London will shine a light on amazing venues around the capital, encouraging audiences – both old and new – to attend a gig, and support the capital’s grassroots music venues.””

 

GOLDFINGER

Los Angeles’s legendary punk/ska Goldfinger is back, with the announcement of The Knife, to be released July 21 through Rise Records. After nine years of producing and writing music for other bands, Goldfinger is proud to be back with 13 tracks of their very own for their first time since the release of their 2008 album, Hello Destiny…

The album features a host of special guests including guest vocals from Blink-182’s Mark Hoppus, 311 lead-singer Nick Hexum, Mighty Mighty Boss Tones guitarist Nate Albert (“Get What I Need”) on guitar, Twenty One Pilots’ Josh Dun on drums (“Orthodontist Girl”), and ONE OK ROCK’s Takahiro Moriuchi, amongst others. Fans can get a first taste of the album through their first single, “Put The Knife Away”. Pre-orders for the album be the album here: https://RiseRecords.lnk.to/TheKnife

The Knife is not a nostalgia play; it is an evolution of the band and a reflection of the musical and life experience that singer-songwriter/producer John Feldmann who explains, “I took my time making this record…Nine years to be exact! I feel like I’ve made the most concise Goldfinger record in my career. We have all Goldfinger styles together as one, with Zakk Cervini, who mixed the Blink-182 record, and Travis Barker on drums, I couldn’t be more proud of an album.”

With 13 tracks, The Knife surges with the energy, personality, and charm that has made Goldfinger one of the most memorable acts from 90s/2000s punk. From the blaring opener “A Million Miles”, the easy-going, self-deprecating ska-influenced “Get What I Need”, the swaying struggle of “Don’t Let Me Go”, and the brassy, reggae feel of “Liftoff”, the record spans a vast spectrum of sound and tone. This variety is the result of deliberate reflection of Feldmann’s life experiences and extensive production (Blink-182, Panic! At The Disco, 5 Seconds of Summer) career over the years. With tongue-in-cheek scene commentary on “Am I Deaf?”, the interpersonal conflict of “Put the Knife Away”, or the heartwarming ode to his daughter “Milla”, Feldmann uses The Knife as a decidedly unguarded sonic update and re-introduction of himself and his thoughts.

Goldfinger’s resurgence on The Knife is not a rehearsal of past glory; it is a revolution. This is greatly echoed in the band’s revamped lineup, featuring MXPX’s Mike Herrera on bass and Story of the Year’s Phil Sneed on guitar (both doing backup vocals as well). Blink-182’s Travis Barker plays drums on the album, making the album a fitting collection from different corners of the punk world and further showcasing Feldmann’s ability to draw from and synthesize influences into a cohesive, character-infused collection of talent and art.

Goldfinger continues to build on a highly regarded legacy, where they have been considered one of the forerunners and most well-known bands of the third-wave ska/punk movement of the late 90s. Their 1996 self-titled debut Goldfinger went gold, and was named one of “The Ten Albums That Defined 1996” by Alternative Press in 2006. AllMusic said “no one had more success with this new sound than Goldfinger on their self-titled debut”, calling it “irresistibly catchy, creative, and hopelessly endearing.” 1997’s Hang-Ups reached #85 on the Billboard 200, and the single “Superman” was prominently featured on the soundtrack for the generation-defining Tony Hawk Pro Skater video game. Over 6 full-length albums and over a decade of touring, Goldfinger amassed an international fan base drawn to the band’s penchant for big choruses, attitude, and creativity of seamlessly fusing punk rock, ska, skate punk, and various other genres throughout their discography.

GOLDFINGER
http://goldfingermusic.com/
https://www.facebook.com/goldfingermusic/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QgX1G_4Kjjo

The L.A Ska-Punk legends are stopping by for an exclusive UK club show before they hit Slam Dunk Festival

7pm Doors
£15 (on sale 10am Monday 26th March)
http://www.newcrossinn.com/product/goldfinger
Supports TBA

New Cross Gate Station (24 hours) – 10 mins to London Bridge
New Cross Station – 5 mins to London Bridge
Buses: 21, 36, 53, 136, 171, 172, 177, 225, 321, 343, 436, 453 & P13

Death By Stereo

20 Years, 35 countries, 7 studio albums, 1 live record, countless eps and singles later. Death By Stereo is still going strong!

Currently supporting their latest release “Just like you’d leave us we’ve left you for dead…” Death By Stereo are hitting harder then ever. Still blurring lines and bending genres. Their amalgamation of hard-core punk, metal, and thrash, along side of a “no compromise” mantra makes this release one of their most angry records to date. Heavy, fast, & melodic. DBS will burn down everything around them and build a new future with every record. Continually forging their own path the band cannot be stopped. The future is looking good. Cheers to 1998 and Beyond. Death For Life!

Death By Stereo
http://www.deathbystereo.com/

 

+support from

Fair Do’s
http://fairdos.bigcartel.com/
Melodic Hardcore, Skatepunk, Punk Rock & Hardcore from Manchester

EAT DIRT.
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCETLEnltFI10RVxs5cFaacQ
“Legit the best punk band in the UK right now” – Be Sharp Promo 2018

Who Cares?
https://whocaresquestionmark.bandcamp.com/
London Hardcore mob

Sunday 22nd April 2018 / Doors 7pm / £10 ADV

http://www.newcrossinn.com/product/deathbystereo/

RED CITY RADIO

If, as the saying goes, life is less what happens to you and more how you deal with it, RED CITY RADIO have succeeded in spades, insatiable in their heart and singular focus

It’s possible that you haven’t heard of Red City Radio, so maybe a “band bio” is in order. We bring that point up because this punk band from the Heartland has flourished and grown in popularity without having any real help from the usual suspects. They’ve never been embraced by the hip websites, they’ve never had a big record label, and they don’t have a fancy booking agent in NYC. None of that shit, just four good friends from Oklahoma City that keep getting better at writing songs and keep playing bigger and bigger shows. Yeah sure, we’ll write you a band bio. RCR is all about inclusion, so it’s never too late to get on board and come along for the ride.

First off, as we’ve already noted, the band hails from the unlikely punk scene of Oklahoma City, OK. That right there probably explains why these kids have been fighting an uphill battle—or more likely—that struggle explains why their creative muscles keep getting stronger. Apart from the isolation, OKC is a funky and unique place, so maybe that’s where Red City Radio is coming from with this latest SkyTigers project. Songwriter and vocalist, Garrett Dale, says, “The message with SkyTigers is a message of acceptance and love. Accepting control over your own universe and taking a stand against hate, fear, and confusion… We hope that these songs make our listeners feel like there is someone who feels the same as them. Because there is.”

After forming the band in 2007, they had to fight their way out of the Sooner State. They’ve released EPs and LPs with independent labels here and there, but their big chance came recently in 2015, when they got an offer from newly-formed Vagrant/BMG imprint, Staple Records. They put fort their strongest effort yet, a self-titled album that blew us all away. Two months after its release, the label folded and the band was left once again to fend for itself.

For a lot of bands, the story would end there, but this quartet forged ahead and did tours in support of New Found Glory, Strung Out, Less Than Jake, Anti-Flag, and more. It was also boom-time overseas, as the band’s shows doubled in size and they were invited to join many of the big outdoor festivals in Europe. As bassist Jonathan Knight put it, “I can’t say we have ever considered throwing in the towel, but we have always felt like an underdog.”

Now after years of triumph in the face of the odds, we have the hyper-melodic 5-song EP, SkyTigers. When asked about the title, frontman Garrett says it means, “To be the absolute best version of yourself that you can be. That’s what being a SkyTiger is. To be great and do great. Because you are great.” Far fucking out, man. Kinda makes you wanna… be a SkyTiger, right?!? Well, here’s your big chance. The band has a new EP coming on Red Scare and it’ll be followed up with a big tour in support of The Lawrence Arms. Bad luck be damned, 2018 is already shaping up to be a banner year for Red City Radio and we expect them to keep on surprising the scene.
https://www.redcityradio.net/

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Triple Sundae
https://triplesundae.bandcamp.com/

London based Melodix Punx

Be Sharp Promotions / Umlaut Records / Disconnect Disconnect Records / Kick The Crutches bring you another Sunday punk rock party at New Cross Inn…. 4 more bands TBA / 10pm finish due to popular demand, but see you at the bar at midnight with no regrets, regardless

£8 adv / £10 door / 5pm-10pm

THE RUMJACKS

“Its like growing up with a tear in your eye and a storm brewing in your heart..” muses frontman Frankie McLaughlin on the musical heritage of the group. “We were raised on the Scottish & Irish music in our parents record collection, before colliding head-on with Punk Rock as we grew older & thought we knew everything.”

These two immovable pillars define The Rumjacks above all else, as they continue to cut their own path through the tangled musical landscape before them. Their own brand of Celtic Punk has seen them release two EP’s – ‘Hung, Drawn & Portered’ & ‘Sound as a Pound’ (’09), as well as three powerful full length albums – ‘Gangs of New Holland’ (’10), ‘Sober & Godless’ (’15), & ‘Sleepin’ Rough’ (’16).

Their incendiary live performances and seemingly endless touring regime has seen them share the stage with acts as diverse as Dropkick Murphys, The Interrupters, Anti Flag, CJ Ramone, The Real McKenzies, Gogol Bordello, Ruts DC, Guttermouth, GBH, UK Subs and The Aggrolites. “We’re at home on any lineup in front of any crowd, I think there are elements of what we do that must appeal to just about anyone.”

Indeed there are – from their heavy Celtic roots to the driving punk rock or even ska/reggae rhythms, well-oiled sing-alongs & choking ballads. “We draw on so many influences, but still it’s important for us to force the bounds of what we already do, play good solid Punk rock with a fat smear of Celtic folk right through it, Hopefully contributing something fresh & substantial that’ll stick around in people’s hearts long after the party’s over..”

The Rumjacks

Monday 6th August
Tickets £8 ADV
Supports TBC

LEVEL UP FESTIVAL 2018

*NEW ANNOUNCEMENTS*

Your Friday night JOINT headliners are:

David Hillyard & The Rocksteady Seven

David Hillyard & the The Rocksteady 7 is a shifting collective of musicians featuring some of the best players in New York City.
Through his diverse experience, Dave has developed an unique style, which is reflected in the music and composition of the Rocksteady 7. A mix of the warm island tonalities of Roland Alphonso and Tommy McCook, the strident cries of John Coltrane, the smears of Sidney Bechet, the otherworldliness of Pharaoh Saunders, the honking blues of King Curtis, and the swing of Ben Webster, Lester Young, and Coleman Hawkins. As Jazziz magazine put it succinctly, “HILLYARD CAN PLAY”
The band has experience playing with everyone from Sting to the Skatalites. Senior among them is veteran percussionist, Larry McDonald. Larry began his career back at the inception of ska music with Carlos Malcolm’s Afro Jamaicans. He went on to perform on several classic reggae tracks such as Cherry Oh Baby, Funky Kingston, and Rivers of Babylon. Then he left Jamaica and played long stints with Taj Mahal and Gil Scott-Heron.
Official Website: http://rocksteady7.com

AND

The Toasters

The Toasters, are “Ska Pioneers” (Billboard magazine) and boldly go where no ska band has gone before. Having been compared to the Ramones, due to their longevity and adherence to core principles, the Toasters are held to be one of most influential ska bands out there. Their lean, mean ska machine has galvanized audiences and musicians alike with their embrace of the Jamaica-born pop music style that overwhelmed England in the 1960’s, migrated to America in the early 1980s, and went global in the 1990s. The hallmark Toasters sound sits at the nexus of Reggae, Jazz, Punk and Soul and is the musical equivalent of a brass knuckle-duster.

Formed in New York City by British guitarist/frontman Rob “Bucket” Hingley in 1981, the Toasters exploded onto the Lower East Side scene. Cutting their teeth with a residency at legendary clubs like CBGB and Danceteria, the band has defied gravity and industry skeptics alike by staying true to their original 2-Tone ska roots, whilst logging over 4000 globe-trotting live appearances.

Longtime fans and critics agree, the current “International All-Stars” posse (featuring members of some of the world’s greatest ska bands) is one of the most formidable in The Toasters’ long and chequered history. Along with the irrepressible Bucket on lead vocals and guitar, The Beat’s Andy Pearson is featured on bass. Expect to see Neil Johnson (Planet Smashers) and Tommy Quartulli on saxophone (The Allstonians), Greg Robinson (Mephiskapheles) on trombone and Jesse Hayes (Westbound Train) on drums. Special appearances by Arjen Bijleveld (Rotterdam Ska-Jazz Foundation) and Buford O’Sullivan (Easy Star All-Stars) are also to be expected in 2009. Legendary keyboardist Dave Barry rounds out the posse.

As the founder of Megalith Records (and former boss of the legendary Moon Ska Records, the most influential ska label of the 1990s) the Toasters’ leader, Rob “Bucket” Hingley has a ska resume that trumps virtually anyone else in the business. With the aid and support of likeminded musicians such as producer Joe Jackson, who has worked with the band over the years, he has been able to compile a recorded legacy and a songwriting catalog. Among the many ska classics Hingley has penned: “Weekend In L.A.,” “Matt Davis,” “2-Tone Army,” “Social Security,” “Dub 56″—and the list goes on and on.

In the commercial realm, the Toasters have recorded jingles for AOL, Cisco Systems, Miller, Anheuser-Busch, and Coca-Cola, and have contributed to movie and television scores (Bleached, Bang!, MTV’s Wildboyz, Mission Hill, Kablam!, Showtime’s Brotherhood, etc.). Where Bucket and The Toasters truly excel, and live up to their reputation as one of the greatest bands of all time, however, is on the road. Averaging more than 200 performances a year, the band is well on its way to playing its 5,000th gig, a milestone they should achieve by the end of the decade.
Toasters fans from all over the world have known for a long time that their favourite ska band is the coolest group around, a true classic. Now, it’s time for everyone else to catch up, and get hip to The Toasters!

If you can only make one night (we don’t need your excuses), then choose wisely… Day tickets now on sale
Friday – David Hillyard & The Rocksteady Seven & The Toasters
Saturday – Random Hand
Sunday – Lightyear Official
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