The Slackers Release Video For New York Berlin

The Slackers

THE SLACKERS, whose latest album “Don’t Let The Sunlight Fool Ya” hit #1 on the Current Reggae Charts in the spring, have released a music video for the new song “New York Berlin” which is part of their new 12″ single. The vinyl, available on 12″ UV printed blood red or black vinyl, is now available on Pirates Press Records’ webstore.

The video, which was filmed during the band’s recent European tour, chronicles their adventures and how after 30 years they continue to show why they are indeed reggae and ska legends.

“New York Berlin” is commentary on friendship during changing times in center cities. Both friends and neighborhoods were treasured despite their flaws but both ended up going away. The moral of the song is to remember to love everyone around you while they are around you.

Meanwhile, “Tell Them No” is a song of empowerment and finding one’s inner strength through adversity. Based on trombonist and vocalist Glen Pine and his nephew’s real-life struggles with bullying, the song encourages its listeners to rise above the fray and not to let detractors get the best of you. Stand up for yourself, fight back, then allow yourself to heal.

Rolling Stone recently hailed The Slackers as “THE legendary New York City ska band” and this is by no means hyperbole. Having formed in 1991, The Slackers released their debut album in 1996, Better Late Than Never, and then signing with Epitaph Records and releasing their breakthrough full-length, Redlight, in 1997. From there, the band traveled the world and began to develop a prolific audience through their fun and energetic shows.

14 full-lengths later, countless EPs, singles, and touring all around the world playing to thousands and thousands of fans from Tokyo, Japan to their hometown of New York City, The Slackers have remained the standard bearer for modern ska and reggae. Marc Wasserman, author of “Skaboom! An American Ska & Reggae Oral History,” says The Slackers’ “…songs are about real darkness, depression, anger, sadness and loneliness, and some of the political songs as well are pretty vibrant.”

The New York Times dubbed the Slackers part of ‘the sound of New York,’ and The Slackers just keep at it, only improving with age and experience – writing better and better songs, and continuing to build and strengthen that global Slackers family. Washington Post has described the impact The Slackers have left on the ska scene: “The Slackers have become the elder statesmen in American ska music, setting the stage for a new generation of musicians and a thriving scene….they remain at the top of their game.”

Catch The Slackers on tour:

09/26/2022 – Birmingham, UK – Hare and Hounds
09/27/2022 – Manchester, UK – Retro
09/28/2022 – Huddersfield, UK – Parish
09/29/2022 – Nottingham, UK – Old Cold Store
09/30/2022 – London, UK – Underworld
10/01/2022 – Leeds, UK – Brudenell Social Club
10/02/2022 – Newcastle, UK – Think Tank
10/03/2022 – Bristol, UK – Exchange
10/04/2022 – Antwerp, Belgium – Kavka
10/05/2022 – Paris, France – Balajo
10/06/2022 – Haarlem, Netherlands – Patroonaat
10/07/2022 – Den Haag, Netherlands – Paard
10/08/2022 – Sittard, Netherlands – Ernestos
10/09/2022 – Freiburg, DE – Cafe Atlantic
10/11/2022 – Zurich, Switzerland – Komplex
10/12/2022 – Munich, Germany – Feierwerk
10/13/2022 – Vienna, Austria – Arena
10/15/2022 – Sluderno, Italy – Loki
10/16/2022 – Nuremberg, Germany – Desi
10/17/2022 – Hannover, Germany – Lux
10/18/2022 – Berlin, Germany – S036
10/19/2022 – Hamburg, Germany – Molotov
10/21/2022 – Koln, Germany – Gebaude 9
10/22/2022 – Arlon, Belgium – L’entrepot
11/11/2022 – Chicago, IL – Reggie’s
11/12/2022 – Chicago, IL – Reggie’s

with Big D & the Kids Table, Bite Me Bambi:
12/07/2022 – Santa Cruz, CA – Catalyst
12/08/2022 – Berkeley, CA – Cornerstone
12/09/2022 – Ventura, CA – Ventura Music Hall
12/10/2022 – Santa Ana, CA – Observatory
12/11/2022 – San Diego, CA – House of Blues
12/14/2022 – Philadelphia, PA – Ardmore
12/15/2022 – Washington DC – Black Cat
12/16/2022 – New York, NY – Sony Hall

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