The 1990s were a turning point for rock. The success of alternative, grunge, and heavy metal bands of the early 90s paved the way for the punk and ska movement to gain momentum as the new millennium approached. Sub-genre after sub-genre were being created during this mishmash of a decade. Coming out of New York City during this time, The Slackers sampled many vibes from the smorgasbord that was 90s rock. Influenced by alternative music and ska, the group created their own unique style described by bandleader Vic Ruggiero as "Jamaican Rock N' Roll."
Ever since 1991, the group has built a fan base from extensive touring and prolific time in the studio. The Slackers have steadily pumped out thirteen studio albums since 1996. Their most successful album, Wasted Days, is up for vinyl release this year and includes many new songs you don't want to miss, like "Don't Break My Heart." If you ever wondered what The Rolling Stones would have sounded like with reggae influence, check out The Slackers’ latest EP, "My Bed is A Boat," for a crafty blend of classic rock and ska.
With over 44,000 likes on Facebook, the band reaches out to fans worldwide and receives songs requests for their upcoming shows. These guys love their fans so much they created a website, slackerschords.com, where you can find chords, charts, and tabs of their music to jam at home.
The band’s current lineup includes Vic Ruggiero as lead vocalist and organist, Jay Nugent on guitar, Ara Babajian on drums, Marcus Geard on bass, David Hillyard saxophone, and Glen Pine on trombone and backing vocals.
The Slackers kick off their 2014 Pacific Northwest tour this week, bringing the band across Colorado, Oregon, Seattle, and Canada.
By Vanessa Cravotta