The Slackers are true modern day masters who produce moments on stage that are amazing. The band is a lightning rod for talent fronted by the outstanding vocals, songwriting and keyboard playing of Vic Ruggiero, who happens to be supported by one of the hottest and most entertaining live bands today. Check out "Mommy" for the ultimate blend of Vic's heart wrenching soulful vocal style, percolating keyboard work tossed with Reggae-fied, Afro-Carribean flavor. It's the epitome of what the Slackers do as a band.
On Close My Eyes The Slackers bring together the disparate, and yet closely linked, genres of ska, reggae, jazz, soul, dub and r'n'b and make a real melting pot of melody, rhythm and expression using horns, hammond organ and harmony vocals. It is also produced in a really authentic and organic way, reminding the listener of essential Studio One recordings from Jamaica. The fabulous songwriting and introspective lyrics which reference the band's home-town of New York and the events of September 11th make the record even more poignant and soulful. To be honest, this is a real treat for music lovers and will perhaps surprise and convert many cynics out there.