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SLCene Suggests: The Toasters at Bar Deluxe

by on January 24, 2015


THE TOASTERS, BAR DELUXE, Saturday, Jan. 24, 8 p.m., $10

Sure, the Toasters haven’t released a ton of new music of late. Doesn’t matter. These guys are one of the longest-running American ska bands, going all the way back to the early ’80s in New York City, and fans can still hear the classic 2-Tone ska sound whenever they play. Leader Robert “Bucket” Hingley was a Brit living in NYC when the Beat came through town, inspiring him to fire up his own band. He filled out the lineup with other employees of the comic book store where he worked, and the Toasters’ first gig was opening for punk legends Bad Brains. It was an auspicious start to a long career of getting people skanking coast to coast, and bands like No Doubt and Mighty Mighty Bosstones owe them a huge debt. Hingley is the only original member, but he’s all you need.¬†Sturgeon General and Bombshell Academy open the show.

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