Ok, still finally playing catch up with the show recaps, and so I’m going to make this quick. But this past Friday I headed to Philly’s North Star Bar to catch ska dudes The Slackers. The bar and venue was pretty crowded for what I was assuming would be dead for a 21+ ska show, but I was pleasantly surprised when I strolled (or sauntered, if you will) in.
I walked in about a quarter through their set, and let me tell you, the second I heard these guys I had a huge smile on my face. I’ve never heard of RK$STDY before, and I know the name of the band would have you thinking it was some incredibly shitty Ke$ha/Attack Attack type of combo going on, but these guys were about as traditional ska as you could get.
Featuring multiple horns, rhythm guitar, and an upright bass, RK$TDY mostly played instrumental jams that reminded me a bit of Yardbeat, minus The Specials “Free Nelson Mendela” cover. Definitely a good time, and the perfect opener to get me skanking.
There was a time period where I would catch The Slackers usually twice a year, but I don’t know if it’s from them not coming to Philly or if I just missed it, but I realized that I have not seen The Slackers in almost 3 years. The band took the stage, and the intimate room was instantly packed. I placed myself right up against the stage, but there wasn’t much room to skank. All good, I was still hurting pretty bad from the Bouncing Souls show a few nights back.
Playing an incredibly tight set, The Slackers had the crowd singing along… bantering telling stories and even doing a few covers (NEVER did I think I’d be skanking along to a ska version of The Misfits Attitude).
Always a great time seeing them, it was good to catch them in a smaller venue. Good vibes, good times.
Keep Him Away
Yes It’s True
Like A Virgin (Madonna cover)
Cooking For Tommy
Bed Is A Boat
What Went Wrong
Keep It Simple
Attitude (Misfits cover)
Have The Time
Rude and Reckless
Sarah (think they did this one)