The Slackers Live at Ernesto’s

[Hellcat; 2000]

Rating: 4/5

Styles: ska, alternative rock
Others: Skankin’ Pickle, Suicide Machines, Mighty Mighty Bosstones

It's too bad that not everyone likes ska. For some people, the beat is too monotonous, or they can't separate it from a uniformly happy feel. For those who grew sick of the genre after the Mighty Mighty Bosstones and Reel Big Fish's brief fame, it's too much to ask them to give ska another chance, or to realize that those bands played a watered-down, punk hybrid ska, 3rd wave. Well too bad for them, because the Slackers are an awesome ska band. They play a pretty faithful 1st/2nd wave ska groove, and their songs sound nothing like the frat party tripe churned out by RBF. The Brooklyn-based Slackers play a mean live show, where it's apparent that both great songwriters and accomplished musicians make up the band. The recording of Live at Ernesto's took place in a club in the Netherlands; a typical Slackers set of their catchiest songs, amusing stage talk, and comes packed with plenty of energy. If you'd like a taste of the best in true rootsy ska, this comes highly recommended.

1. Intro
2. Sonner or Later
3. Married Girl
4. Do You Know
5. Sarah
6. Mush One
7. I Still Love You
8. Soldier
9. Keep Him Away
10. Work Song
11. Feed My Girl
12. Face in My Crowd
13. You Don't Know I
14. Pedophilia
15. Runaway
16. The Fried Chicken Song