12 Songs, 33 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Skaters have a long way to go before joining such Big Apple luminaries as The Ramones and Blondie, but with their debut album they've taken the first step: they've written a collection of songs all about what it's like to be young in New York City (one's even called "To Be Young in NYC"). Mixing a palette of sounds as diverse as the record's titular borough—garage rock, new wave, dub, reggae, electro—the four-piece paint a vivid picture of the long nights and bleary-eyed mornings that characterize coming of age in a city that never sleeps. Accented by samples and vocal snippets—of the subway, of a woman complaining about apartment hunting—the tunes whiz by with the fervor of a taxi at rush hour. "Band Breaker" is a lilting reggae track in the spirit of The Clash; "Deadbolt" borrows Billy Idol's libidinous snarl; "Miss Teen Massachusetts" is the kind of lackadaisical anthem The Strokes pioneered. When frontman Michael Ian Cummings assesses his hipster peers as "a generation of jerks," it epitomizes the love-hate relationship so many have with the city.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Skaters have a long way to go before joining such Big Apple luminaries as The Ramones and Blondie, but with their debut album they've taken the first step: they've written a collection of songs all about what it's like to be young in New York City (one's even called "To Be Young in NYC"). Mixing a palette of sounds as diverse as the record's titular borough—garage rock, new wave, dub, reggae, electro—the four-piece paint a vivid picture of the long nights and bleary-eyed mornings that characterize coming of age in a city that never sleeps. Accented by samples and vocal snippets—of the subway, of a woman complaining about apartment hunting—the tunes whiz by with the fervor of a taxi at rush hour. "Band Breaker" is a lilting reggae track in the spirit of The Clash; "Deadbolt" borrows Billy Idol's libidinous snarl; "Miss Teen Massachusetts" is the kind of lackadaisical anthem The Strokes pioneered. When frontman Michael Ian Cummings assesses his hipster peers as "a generation of jerks," it epitomizes the love-hate relationship so many have with the city.

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About SKATERS

Although its members came to the city by way of other places, Skaters are a band that have embraced their adopted home of New York City as their muse, infusing their sound with the grit and energy of the kind of post-punk and new wave scenes that thrived in the city decades earlier. Made up of singer Michael Ian Cummings, guitarist Joshua Hubbard, bassist Dan Burke, and drummer Noah Rubin, the band came together in 2011, signing shortly afterwards to Warner Brothers Records after their first wave of shows. Their first EP, Schemers, arrived in 2012, and the band followed it up by heading to the famed Electric Lady Studios to begin work on their first full-length, Manhattan, which appeared in 2014. ~ Gregory Heaney

  • ORIGIN
    New York, NY
  • FORMED
    2011

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