Rude Boy George, the band I'm in, just dropped its debut digital EP called Take One, which is available to preview and download through Bandcamp, CD Baby, iTunes, and many other digital music sites. In addition, you can listen to our tracks on Spotify and Xbox (while you virtually shoot things up).
Our first NYC-area gig of 2014 is on Thursday, February 6 at The Grand Victory in Brooklyn with Beat Brigade, The Ladrones, and Sweet Lucy. So, if you're around, definitely check us out--it's going to be an amazing night of music (our friends Beat Brigade and The Ladrones are both fantastic live!). We've got a bunch of new songs in the set, plus we seem to be expanding in all sorts of cool ways. Look for more live dates soon, both in and beyond New York City. And there will be more recorded music coming from us in 2014--some of which may be available on vinyl with your help (hint, hint)!
To watch videos of Rude Boy George in action, go to the Duff Guide to Ska YouTube channel.
Here's band's bio and some information about this release...
Rude Boy George (www.rudeboygeorge.com) is a NYC-based band that performs ska, rocksteady, and reggae versions of New Wave classics. We’re motivated by our 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 we want to have some fun doing it. That's Rude Boy George’s agenda and mission statement--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, drummer Jim Cooper, bassist/Marco on the Bass blogger Marc Wasserman, and guitarist Spencer Katzman), Beat Brigade and The Toasters (keyboardist Dave Barry), and Across the Aisle (singer Megg Howe)—plus a ska blogger/former indie ska label guy (Steve Shafer on backup vocals) thrown in for good measure.
The band’s live debut took place at Electric Avenue in Manhattan on April 13, 2013 to a very enthusiastic crowd and the band has been gigging throughout the New York area since. Our perpetually expanding set list includes songs by Human League, Soft Cell, The Romantics, Billy Idol, INXS, The Smiths, Cyndi Lauper, Squeeze, Culture Club, Gary Numan, Psychedelic Furs, Talking Heads, Berlin, and The Pretenders.
In May 2013, Rude Boy George recorded three tracks at Bill Laswell’s studio in West Orange, NJ with ex-General Public/Special Beat/English Beat bassist Wayne “Waylo” Lothian producing. The result is our five-track digital EP Take One (with "(Keep Feeling) Fascination," "Don't Change," and "Talking in Your Sleep"--plus two remixes including one featuring Antonee First Class of The English Beat). Plans already are in the works to lay down more tracks in the studio--to be issued in 2014 on a more tangible format.
Rude Boy George’s current line-up features:
Megg Howe – vocals
Roger Apollon – vocals
Steve Shafer – backup vocals, melodica
Jackie Chasen - (Across the Aisle) saxophone, backup vocals
Jesse Gosselin (Across the Aisle/The Royal Swindle) - guitar
Lionel Salomon - keyboards
Jeff Usamanont (FunkFace/Daft Phunk/Electric Company) – guitar
Marc Wasserman – bass
Jim Cooper - drums
Jay Reid - (Across the Aisle) drums