Here is what you'll be treated to on Friday 8th November at The Big One
From Leicestershire The Millmen are a Funk/Soul/Ska hybrid featuring some of Leicesters finest musicians
Rude Boy George is a NYC-based band that reimagines 80’s New Wave classics in ska, reggae and rocksteady versions. They are motivated by a shared love and respect for ska (reflected in the reference to 1960s and 2 Tone rude boys) and the extraordinary amount of good music produced in the late 70s and early 80s New Wave/post-punk era (Boy George). And they want to have some fun doing it. That’s Rude Boy George’s agenda and mission statement–as simple as that.
Rude Boy George formed in January 2013 with members drawn from several popular and long-standing NYC area ska bands: Bigger Thomas (vocalist Roger Apollon and bassist/Marco on the Bass blogger Marc Wasserman), Across the Aisle (singer Megg Howe, guitarist Jesse Gosselin and saxaphonist Jackie Chasen), and The Royal Swindle (keyboardist Pamela Buckley and drummer Dave Heise). The current line up features Rob George and Jenny Whiskey (from Hub City Stompers), Lucas Leto on drums and Robert Julien on guitar (who both met at the Berklee College of Music).
Proudly roaming the no-man’s-land between the popular ska-core world and the elitist trad-ska world, Hub City Stompers choose to entertain and offend everyone equally and stick to their underground roots. Allied with all in this underground, they share the stage with ska, reggae, oi!, punk, and hardcore bands alike.Hub City Stompers hail from the “hub city” of New Brunswick, NJ. The band was founded and formed by Rev Sinister, former vocalist/frontman for NJ Ska band Inspecter 7. After i7 had gone into a dormant state in 2001, RevSin, still bloodthirsty for making and performing music, went on the hunt to form a new band and in the summer of 2002 HCS was born. In the wasteland of the seemingly “dead” ska scene of the time, these necromaniacs romanced ska’s rotted corpse, playing for the love of the music rather than the popularity of it, and formed a force to be reckoned with in the New Jersey music scene.
This mischievous rabble from London have been causing mischief since school, spreading their contagious horn driven ska anthems across the UK, mainland Europe and beyond.
Chainska Brassika are firm party favourites, getting crowds rocking from Glastonbury to Nottinghill Carnival, Rototom Sunplash to Outlook – and even touring the island of Jamaica. Well known for regularly opening for UK ska legends Madness, Chainska are at the forefront of the new UK ska movement with their crazy live show seeing them perform regularly on europe’s biggest stages.
Their debut album ‘Skinna’ was released in late 2015 following the band being crowned winners of the World Reggae Contest in Poland, beating over 100 bands from 28 countries – despite being predominantly a ska band. The album was recorded in a style true to the bands live sound – raw and energetic, reflecting the bands upbringing in South-East London. The record was a bit hit in the UK ska scene and was championed by reggae legend David Rodigan.
Winning the World Reggae Contest earned the band a trip to record their follow up album in Kingston, Jamaica at Harry J Studio’s – famous for where Bob Marley & The Wailers recorded the albums Natty Dread, Catch A Fire, Rastaman Vibration & Burnin’ – with double Grammy award winning producer Stephen Stewart. On 24th November 2017 the band released the album entitled ‘Harry J Business’. The album has a rare feature from well known reggae singer Toots Hibbert of Toots & The Maytals that gained major airplay across BBC Radio 2, BBC Radio 6 Music & BBC Radio 1xtra. The album was given a 6 page review in the world’s biggest reggae magazine ‘Festiville’ organised by Reggaeville and got them invited to showcase at SXSW Festival in Texas, USA. Extensive tours of the UK and Europe to promote the album followed, with big promoters in the USA knocking on the door to get the band across the pond.
2019 sees the band live in session for the BBC at the renowned Maida Vale Studios in anticipation of their upcoming material, with the first single “Calm City” due for release on 12th July following the bands sold out show at London’s famous 100 Club.
“Well they got me going in the studio, I can tell you…I think that is absolutely brilliant” David Rodigan MBE on BBC Radio 2
“Chainska is one of the most impressive and promising upcoming acts in the reggae/ska genre that I have seen or heard in while” The Skatalites
But thats not all…The after show entertainment will be supplied by Specialized favourites The Crombies
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