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NYC SKATERS make their mark with their debut “Manhattan”

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SKATERS debut with a collection of  punk-influenced catchy tunes


SKATERS – Manhattan - Out on 24th February 2014 via Warner Bros Records 8/10

After having toured several times the UK in the past year, SKATERS are finally releasing their debut LP
Manhattan which collects all those tunes that made every floor of those venues bounce and drip of sweat and beer. Recorded by John Hill (Santigold, Wavves) in the API room at Greenwich Village's iconic Electric Lady Studios, SKATERS’ sound is upbeat music filled of good riffs and catchy choruses with clear punk rock influences that range from bands of the likes of Ramones, Buzzcocks and The Cars amongst others. The energetic and garage punk vibes of the New York based band are contagious from opener
One Of Us which set the party mood that peaks with the standout
Miss Teen Massachusetts, the excellent
Symptomatic and the dance floor filler
I Wanna Dance (But I Don’t Know How). The listener can only take a few moments to relax during the reggae and dubby
Band Breaker and
Fear Of The Knife which are reminiscent of The Clash. The voice of singer Michael Ian Cummings might remind you of Julian Casablancas, however the fact that his vocals are not unique is not necessarily a bad thing. While blending perfectly with the captivating melodies, they manage to express the anger and the romanticism described in the lyrics, as in
To Be Young which
is a declaration of love to their New York City home. With
Manhattan the punk rock quartet has proved they are capable of writing infectious tunes which reflect the liveliness of their shows. It is almost a pity when the closing
This Much I Care puts an end to the record. All you have to do is to play it again. The band will be touring again the UK in February/March.
th – Bristol, The Exchange 28
th – Birmingham, Hare & Hounds
st – Leeds, The Cockpit 2 2
nd – Nottingham, The Bodega 3
rd – Glasgow, King Tut’s 4
th – Manchester, Deaf Institute 5
th – London, Dingwalls 6
th – Southampton, Joiners