Recently seen on tour with Deap Vally, at festivals including Reading, Leeds and Bestival, and strongly tipped following their introductory singles 'I Wanna Dance (But I Don't Know How)' and 'Deadbolt', Skaters are set to release their debut album 'Manhattan' on February 24th on Warner Bros. Records which they will then follow with a UK tour which includes a London date at Dingwalls.
SKATERS' music, ethos, and attitude are remarkably entrenched in the late nights, eclectic characters and punk roots of their NewYork City home.
The band formed after singer/songwriter Michael Ian Cummings got a call from English guitarist Josh Hubbard (previously a member of The Paddingtons and Dirty Pretty Things) to announce that he'd be arriving in NYC the following day from the UK.Hubbard landed 24 hours later and crashed drummer Noah Rubin's birthday party.
Hubbard threw down the gauntlet: he was in town for a month and a half and wanted the group to play a gig. So they hooked up with local bassist Dan Burke, booked three shows, learned the songs Cummings and Rubin had been tinkering with (and a handful of Pixies covers), and SKATERS arrived with a bang. Little did they realise at the time that they'd started a chain of events which would lead to their debut album, 'Manhattan', a relatively short time later.
A week after he arrived, they wrapped recording on the 'Schemers' EP, which they offered as a free download so people could get a taste of their bold, swaggering rock, which distils elements of The Clash, the Ramones, and The Strokes into their own unique sound.
Recorded by John Hill (Santigold, Wavves) in the API room at Greenwich Village's iconic Electric Lady Studios, 'Manhattan' is a statement of purpose and a portrait of life in New York City. "We were all bartenders, so the songs are tales of experiences we had or saw, and other people who were characters in our life during the first year we were in this band," says Cummings.
The tour is scheduled as below
27th - Bristol, The Exchange
28th - Birmingham, Hare & Hounds
1st - Leeds, The Cockpit 2
2nd - Nottingham, The Bodega
3rd - Glasgow, King Tut's
4th - Manchester, Deaf Institute
5th - London, Dingwalls
6th - Southampton, Joiners