The Slackers are a New York City band, formed in Manhattan in 1991. The band’s sound is a mix of ska, rocksteady, reggae, dub, soul, garage rock, and jazz. The Slackers’ notability is credited to their prolific career, tours of North America, Europe, and elsewhere, and signing to notable punk label Hellcat Records.
There are several side projects of The Slackers, including David Hillyard & The Rocksteady Seven, Crazy Baldhead Sound System, Da Whole Thing, the SKAndalous All Stars, as well as an acoustic solo project by Vic Ruggiero.
The band’s second album, Redlight, released on September 23, 1997, was ranked number seven in Billboard editor Carrie Bell’s “The Year in Music (1997)” list. The album’s track with the same name charted at number 116 on the week of November 10, 1997—the song’s third week—in CMJ Radio Top 200.
- Live at Ernesto’s (2000)
- Upsettin’ Ernesto’s (2004)
- Slack in Japan (2005)
- NYC Boat Cruise 2009 (digital only, 2009)
- Slackfest NYC 2009 (digital only, 2009)
- Holiday Party With… (digital only, 2009)
- Live On the West Side 4/6/10 (digital only, 2010)
- Live In San Francisco 12/31/10 (digital only, 2011)