THE TOASTERS + DJ SELECTER B (BANGARANG - JAMAICAN, SKA & REGGAE!)
Thirty years ago a bunch of upstarts ignited a spark on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. A spark that fired the imagination of the American music scene, causing a global conflagration. That music was Ska and that band was THE TOASTERS.
The 2-Tone sound re-created in their own image by this unruly group of ruffians synthesized the classic 70’s British sound with Eastside punk and rock and is now regarded as being the precursor to the Third Wave of Ska. The embers of the legacy bequeathed by The Specials, The Selecter, The Beat and Madness were rekindled and the Toasters hit the road. Hard.
Five-thousand some gigs later the sparks are still flying; some of the faces may be different but the song remains the same. And the distinctive Toasters sound has recently been hallmarked as one of CBGB’s twenty core bands (Clear Channel Radio) and nothing could make the band prouder than being ranked up there with personal heroes The Ramones.
A lean, mean brass knuckleduster of a ska machine at the nexus of Jamaican music, reggae, jazz, punk and soul. Toasters fans from all over the world have known for a long time that their favourite ska band is the coolest group around, a true classic. Now, it's time for everyone else to catch up, and get hip to The Toasters!