"The Slackers return, bigger than ever before, to usher their next chapter with some of the best music of their storied career: The Great Rocksteady Swindle. Featuring classic cuts like 'Cheated,' 'How It Feels' and 'Thank You,' the album retains the band's unforgettable mix of ska, rocksteady, reggae, soul, jazz, dub and garage rock while also adding fresh and vibrant elements to the music on tracks like the roots-rocker 'Sabina' and the gritty 'Bo Evil.' For the past two decades the band has been spreading their signature 'Jamaican rock n roll' sound around the world, winning fans over with their fervent live shows and coveted studio albums. Take notice: The Slackers are back!"
Basic Tracks Recorded by Jochen Stroeh at Harz Kraft Hof, Berlin
Additional overdubs and edits by Agent Jay and Vic Ruggiero
Mixing on Tracks 2, 3, 7, 8, 9 and 15 by Agent Jay
Mixing on Tracks 1, 4, 5, 6, 10, 11, 12, 13 and 14 by Vic Ruggiero
Mastering by Alan Douches at West West Side
About The Slackers
"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 15 yrs 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 sound is Jamaican rock n roll. 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), the band sees its music through an American lens. This band is equally appreciative of old blues, 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. From their 1996 release, Better Late Than Never through to 2008 with Self Medication, the NYC-based band, the Slackers have established themselves as America's premiere interpreters and innovators of Jamaican music and a pretty good rock band to boot.