Skaters – “Manhattan”

Skaters - Manhattan


Tag: Heavy

Release date: 24 February 2014

Manhattan sounds like what you’d expect from a band named Skaters: lackadaisical indie rock that’s as fit for chilling on the beach as it is for jamming with your crazy friends at a party with lots of beer. The New Englanders mix some dancey basslines and echoey, fast-paced guitars with the devil-may-care attitude of post-punk/garage revival bands such as The Strokes and Arctic Monkeys. It’s also totally NYC – the album is called Manhattan, after all. Gated reverb on drums isn’t for 80s and wannabes anymore – Skaters actually pull that shit off pretty nicely. There’s some funtastic punk rock influence on songs like “Nice Hat” and “This Much I Care;” these are the strongest and most entertaining tracks on the album. Bass is strong in the mix, which is such a relief for noisy indie rock. The ends of some songs have left-the-camera rolling moments showing off life in the Apple, which are humorous rather than contrived. Overall, Manhattan is totally a strong release, with enough mix-ups and silliness to make for a great time.

Great for morning shows! Out on Warner Bros. Records.

All clean! Cuts are in bold.

1. One of Us – (2:24)
2. Miss Teen Massachusetts – (3:55)
3. Dead Bolt – (3:03)
4. Band Breaker – (3:46)

5. To Be Young in NYC – (3:26)
6. Schemers – (2:47)
7. Symptomatic – (3:11)
8. Fear of the Knife – (2:56)
9. I Wanna Dance (But I Don’t Know How) – (2:58)
10. Nice Hat – (2:13)
11. This Much I Care – (3:10

RIYL: The Strokes, Japandroids, Franz Ferdinand, The Libertines, Arctic Monkeys

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