STYLE: Self-styled masters of Reggae, Ska and Rock’n’Roll


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] ) three 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, seven Canadian provinces, 22 European countries, five Latin American countries, and two Asian countries.

The band’s musical style is distinct from their contemporaries; a mix of early Jamaican music with classic ’50s and ’60s American influenced Rock’n’Roll, Rythmn and Blues, Jazz and Latin.

Singer Vic Ruggiero has coined the term ‘Jamaican Rock’nRoll.’ to describe it.

“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.”

-Vic Ruggiero, singer The Slackers

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