THE TOASTERS - up with the ska in 2003!!
The Toasters are America's longest running Ska band. Formed on the lower east side of Manhattan, NYC in 1981, they have carved out their own niche in history, amassing along the way a humongous catalogue of music, including twelve albums, a score of singles and ep's, and innumerable compilation appearances. The band has logged a staggering 4,000 live concert appearances on stages all around the world. In 1997 Billboard's front page dubbed them "New York's Ska pioneers" as they have skanked where no man has skanked before, infiltrating their trademark sound behind the Iron Curtain and infesting the steamy jungles of Brazil. With their eclectic, instantly recognizable and idiosyncratic sound the group has been branded as "the Miles Davis of Ska" by the California press.
Now kicking off their 23rd year of tearing it up The Toasters show no signs of relenting, 2002's eagerly- anticipated new album "Enemy of the system" was released on California's Asianman records in the USA and on Grover records in Europe. Now the crew is at work on a new project to be released on MOON SKA EUROPE. Expect a single and video over the summer to underpin a stand-alone 14 date UK tour in the late summer. The "BACK IN TROUBLE AGAIN'' album will feature the same line up as EOTS. Teaming up with veteran Toasters Bucket (guitar), Jack Ruby Jr. (vocals), and Larry Ace Snell (drums), are Mark Darini (bass) and Jeff Richey (sax). This year's model also features the return of trumpet impresario Lord Sledge as well as the addition of cult trombonist Buford O'Sullivan and special guest appearance by Dave Barry on keys. The polls indicate that this is the best side that the Toasters have ever fielded!
The band is currently playing dates in the northeast and kick off their USA national tour in March. The boys will be in the Midwest and Canada in May. Immediate plans also include a return trip to Mexico in June (caramba!) as well as a Southeastern USA swing in the fall. A full European tour will take place in November. Meanwhile the song "I'm Running Right Through the World" is featured on a current Michelob commercial. The bands music continues to be syndicated worldwide on the on Nickelodeon's KABLAM!
Double Headliner show! Early Show! @ Distrikt
Sat. February 8th 6:30 $17.50 - $20 advance
To all our true SKA lovers far and wide! We've heard your calls and we've got an incredible double-headliner bill to help blast away the last little bit of the cold and get you warmed to your core! Two of the most legendary ska bands the United States has ever produced, THE TOASTERS and MUSTARD PLUG both return to Victoria for what promises to be a truly unforgettable show.
It's been 12 long years since New York ska icons The Toasters landed in Victoria and we are beyond stoked to welcome them back as they celebrate four decades of skankin' success. Noted as “America's first two-tone band,” The Toasters have been at the vanguard of the American ska movement since the very beginning. Long established as one of the most influential bands in the genre, they've won fans the world over, staying consistently relevant with their unique blend of ska - incorporating reggae, punk, jazz and soul. From their humble roots on Lower East Side NY roots to an endless bounty of shows around the globe (Now numbering over 4000), the band has repeatedly defied critics, and nay, gravity itself! After four decades, The Toasters are as strong as ever and are coming to lay down a career-spanning set that celebrates everything this legendary band has built along the way.
Joining The Toasters for this very special night are dear old friends, MUSTARD PLUG! No slouches on the ska scene themselves, Mustard Plug has been delivering the goods for more than 25 years now. The last time they appeared in Victoria, Mustard Plug rocked the main stage at Ship Point during Victoria's 16th Annual Ska & Reggae Festival in 2015. Albums like “Evildoers Beware” and “Pray For Mojo” are classics among ska devotees, not to mention their crowd-funded 2014 album “Can't Contain It,” a true ode to the community that's helped them maintain their position as elder statesmen of the ska scene. Staying true to the DIY ethics of the bands that inspired them (Including their bill mates, The Toasters!), Mustard Plug has remained beloved by skankers wherever they go and it is undeniable that the band surpassed any expectations placed on them, staking their claim in the pantheon of modern Ska. Please, for your own sake, DO NOT miss this incredible double-bill of legendary, serious ska sounds.